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Announcing Go-Togethers

Announcing Go-Togethers
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by Sean Sweeney

Developing students’ semantic abilities is one of my favorite parts of my job! I think words, and the connections between them, are just really fun! Building semantic networks provides students with a stronger vocabulary base, which in turn gives them points of reference as they learn new words. Enter Go-Togethers, an app I helped design along with Rosie Simms for Smarty Ears Apps. Go-Togethers targets identification of word associations as well as expressive naming. When designing the interface for this app, we wanted to utilize more innovative responses in terms of gestures that take advantage of the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone’s touch screen. For this reason (although a simple tap will also work for students with fine motor difficulties), receptive connections are made by a tap-and-drag, essentially creating a semantic word map for each target.

Each screen allows you time to discuss the associations with students (targeting rationales such as “Yes, a cow goes with milk because milk comes from a cow!”)

Likewise, the expressive level allows you (or the student) to tap-and-tally both associated items (e.g. “a cake!” and, optionally, rationales “because eggs are needed to make a cake!”) for an open-ended language intervention experience.

Consider Go-Togethers as one “go-to” intervention for your students with word retrieval difficulties (especially for its data-keeping functionality) and for those students who don’t do so well on the CELF-4 Word Classes or Word Associations subtests. With 200 target items in 20 categories across two levels of difficulty, the app offers SLPs and other educators (and parents!) a LOT of content to work with. For a full video demonstration, see below!

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Super April App Giveaway

We will be giving away one app per day for the whole month of April. In order to participate you must sign up on our website or on our Facebook page. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page daily at 6 pm central time. Parents, Speech Pathologists, and special education teachers are welcomed to apply for a chance to win one of our 38 apps for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

 

Sing up for the giveaway here:


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You only need to enter once and you will have a chance to win everyday!

See below past winers:

4/17/2012 – Language Adventures – Naomi Hertsberg

4/18/2012 – Go-Togethers – Natalia De La Rosa, California.

4/19/2012 – Fun & functional – Patti Vogt, Missouri.

4/20/2012 – Articulate it! – Kari Lokken, Minnesota.

4/21/12 – Custom Boards – Jessica Ashford, California.

4/22/12 – Custom Boards – Christine Carey, Wisconsin.

4/23/12 – Custom Boards – Tracey Fraser, Manitoba, Canada.

4/24/2012 – iPractice Verbs – Debbie Barron, Michigan.

4/25/2012 – Categories Learning Center – Jaclyn Molina, Texas.

4/26/2012 – iName it – Ann D’Agostino, Massachusetts.

4/27/12- Sunny Articulation Phonology Test- Kari Robinson, Indiana.

4/28/12- Profile of Phonological Awareness – Lisa Truitt, New Jersey.

4/29/12 – SLP Goal Bank – Pam Palmer, Virginia.

4/30/12 – Preposition Remix – Md. Sohel Ahmed – Bangladesh.

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