Howdy everyone! As I present on topics such as the use of iPad and apps for promoting speech and language services, I always emphasize the importance of reading app reviews and watching app video tutorials before making a choice on an app purchase. While we love what we do, and we work hard to try to spread the word about the apps we create, we rely on bloggers to inform you guys about their thoughts and opinions about our apps. We all agree that the five screenshots and the short description on iTunes most times cannot tell us much about an app.
Smarty Ears is very fortunate to count on various bloggers to review, and write their thoughts on our apps. We love our Smarty bloggers! They do it all free of charge for your benefit! It like a “read before you buy” kinda of service that benefits the entire community of parents and professionals. So in that spirit, we wanted to take the time to thank our Smarty bloggers and also start a campaign called “Nominate your favorite Smarty blogger“.
Here is how it will work:
If you follow a blog who reviews and evaluates apps and love what they write about, have learned about an app that your purchased in the past or know of a blogger you would LOVE to hear their opinion about our apps let us know. Fill out the form below and let us know your thoughts, we will compile a list of comments and share with our blogger friends so they know their work is being appreciated by everyone. The blogger that receives the most votes will receive the a Smarty Ears t-shirt as our appreciation gift. Voting will end on August 7th, 2013.
Here at Smarty Ears we value our “blog friends” and we can only thank them for their support and feedback on one or many of our apps. I know that they spend a considerable amount of time playing with the app or even using the app with children before they post their feedback. This is the time you can write about how much you appreciate the work they do reviewing apps for you, providing creative app ideas and letting everyone know how good (or bad) the app is. 😉
Barbara Fernandes Smarty Ears CEO We have winner!!! Congratulations to Carrie Speech Corner! More
The iPad has been a bit hit among children and adults, and for a couple of years it has been used to help individuals with autism to communicate and learn. Now, the iPad is also being used to help elderly individuals who suffer from reading difficulties due to a stroke or other neurological pathologies. A stroke can leave individuals with a language disorder called aphasia. Aphasia can impact a person’s ability to understand written and spoken language. Alzheimer’s disease can also be the source of a person’s difficulty to read and write correctly. These individuals can receive speech-language services, which is designed to re-habilitate their language skills. A speech-language pathologist, Barbara Fernandes, created an application for the iPad called Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit that is helping adults to recover reading skills. The application is currently available in two languages: English and Brazilian Portuguese. There are plans to translate this application to other languages in the future such as Spanish and French.
The Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit application, also known as “Afasia Pro” in Portuguese, targets improving reading skills for adults with reading difficulties. The Reading Rehabilitation Toolkit integrates six state-of-the-art reading activities at the word and phrase levels all specifically crafted to promote success in reading rehabilitation. The application contains hundreds of words, organized into semantic categories to facilitate its use.
A video demo of the application can be seen here:
The application displays a series of words and images that must be matched by the user. One of the activities requires the user to look at a picture, read a question and answer multiple-choice questions. The app also promotes writing with one activity that allows users to combine words to create short phrases.
This is a step forward into the future, where family members can take an active role on helping their parents, or grandparents who suffered a stroke to re-gain reading skills by using the application at home. Part of the treatment for stroke victims was to promote reading at home, and this application can serve as a great practice activity with monitoring at home. For more information visit the Smarty Ears Website www.smartyearsapps.com
Smarty Ears has been creating apps for speech therapists, teacher and children with special needs for the last 4 years. We have appreciated all the support we have received from everyone. We have had a very active advisory board since 2011. The advisory board is a group of approximately 10 individuals who collaborate, provide feedback and participate on active discussions on future and existing Smarty Ears apps. Over the last two years, we had a couple members move on to a busier schedule and we are wanting to add two new members to our advisory board. If you are interested in becoming part of our family please continue reading this call for applications:
The advisory committee acts as a group that will help with decisions we make about the apps we create. We want to hear what you guys need, so we can continue to improve our products. We want to hear from everyone: Parents, teachers and Speech Pathologists. If you are selected you will be asked to join our Facebook.com private group, where all discussions will take place.
1. Must own an iPad
2. Must own at least three Smarty Ears apps
3. Must be a teacher, SLPs, parent, or person involved in the app community
4. Must have a Facebook.com account
5. You may not apply if you already participated on the advisory board in the past
6. You may not apply if you have developed an app with another company
What will be expected from you:
1. Vote on decision we will ask such as your favorite icon for our next apps, suggestions for promoting specific apps, suggestion for updates, etc…
2. Share a photo and a Bio to be posted on our website as a member of our advisory board,
4. Participate on beta-testing of an app before the app goes on sale on iTunes and provide feedback
5. Anything else you want to help us with
This does not represent any form of employment association with Smarty Ears. You will be referred to as a member of our Advisory committee board.
What will you gain from it:
1. You will get to learn about our upcoming app releases before anyone does
2. You will be able to put this on your resume as a member of an advisory committee
3. You will receive a FREE copy for personal user of ALL Smarty Ears apps – one per month, or when new releases come
4. You will be mentioned on our website when your Bio and photo are posted
We hope you contact us if you are interested. You can use our contact us page to send your message. Please let us know why you are interested, and what you can bring to the table in helping Speech Therapy and educational apps better.
Smarty Ears is pleased to announce that it has earned the “Teachers with Apps certified developer” certification. Smarty Ears is part of the original 15 developers to receive this honor.
“This Certification was designed to recognize and applaud App Developers who have consistently brought education apps to the mobile platform that are exemplary in content, presentation, and execution, as well as overall user experience. These distinguished developers have created four or more apps that meet our high standards and criteria.”
This is a great honor to be bestowed upon Smarty Ears as it an award than not only recognizes our dedication to producing quality educational apps, but it also recognizes the unique consistent quality in our apps that our customers have grown to expect from the Smarty Ears’ brand.