Adjective Remix

Adjective Remix targets practicing vocabulary knowledge of qualifying words (aka adjectives). Vocabulary building is valuable for many young children with developmental delays and language disorders (Kuster, 2011). This application was designed to be used by parents, teachers, special educators or speech language pathologists.
About Adjective Remix

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Adjective Remix is a great way to teach descriptive language and attributes. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist and developed by Smarty Ears Apps, Adjective Remix is sure to engage players of all ages.
A single or multi-player app, Adjective Remix encourages vocabulary and word-meaning development in individuals of all ages. Building and expanding vocabulary skills is valuable for many individuals with developmental delays and/or language disorders (Kuster, 2011). Research indicates improving vocabulary, describing ability, and the associations between words helps individuals improve language comprehension and reading skills (Bromley, 2007). Wanting to know more about words, also known as word consciousness, is essential for vocabulary growth and occurs by encouraging students to play with words (Stahl, 1999). Adjective Remix is designed to help target ALL of these important vocabulary skills.

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Eight Concept Categories

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Adjective Remix targets eight different concept categories including hard-to-teach abstract concepts such as time and feelings. These targeted concepts are customizable in the settings screen. Each picture stimuli has the concept being targeted written at the top center of the screen for easy identification.
Concepts available include:

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Adjective remix uses high-quality images of real-life objects allowing the professional to recreate comparisons outside of the app and help ensure carryover and generalization of skills.
Getting Started
Adjective Remix has two ways to get started.

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Quick Play:

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Selecting the quick play button from the main screen menu will immediately begin the session.
Note: No student avatar in the upper left corner indicates that the “Quick Play” option has been selected.
Caution: NO DATA WILL BE SAVED for an individual student in this mode.

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Select Students:
Tap the “Select Students” button to open the student profile page. Students selected to play the game have a musical sign on their student profile.
There a two options for adding student profiles.

Add Player
The first way to add a student profile is to simply add a player. Tap on the “add player” button in the upper left hand corner of the screen. A pop-up window will display to build the student profile.
Tap to add either a student photo or a built in avatar image. Type in the student’s name or initials. Select done to complete the profile. Once completed, the image and student name will show on the student profile page.
To edit the student profile, simply double tap on the profile icon.
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Import Player from Therapy Report Center
Found at the bottom right-hand corner of the Select Students screen, this button allows an individual to open the Therapy Report Center (a free Smarty Ears App designed to make data collection and caseload management easier). Simply follow the on-screen directions to import multiple players at a time.
Playing the Game

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Adjective Remix specifically targets receptive language; however, through directed language expansion, it helps encourage both receptive and expressive language skills. The targeted skills can be changed in the “settings” area.
Select the appropriate student profiles (up to 4 at a time can play). The selected profiles will have a musical sign displayed on the profile.

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Once the students have been selected, press “START” to begin the session.

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The active player’s avatar is displayed in the upper-left hand corner. No student avatar indicates “Quick Play” option was selected.
The individual is asked to select the image that best an swers a displayed question High-quality real-life images are used for each screen.
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Depending on the “settings” for when a student answers incorrectly, the app will buzz, keep going, or have no response until the correct answer is selected.
For correct answers, a visual reward will display and an audio reinforcement may be heard.

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Finishing the session

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When the session is complete, a tap to the “STOP” button in the upper right-hand corner will complete the session.
The screen will automatically move to the “Reports” area of the app. From here, simply tap on an individual player’s icon to display the student’s report card. The report card will chronologically display all data compiled for that particular student. From here, all the data can be synchronized with the Therapy Report Center.
If playing in “Quick Play” mode, NO data will display.
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Reports
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When a student profile is selected, Adjective Remix will provide a “report card” for every session. This report card indicates the overall accuracy, the adjectives that were targeted, and a breakdown of accuracy by adjective.
Selecting the “Share Results” button will allow the report card to be printed, emailed, or exported to the free Therapy Report Center.

Visual and Auditory Reinforcement
When a student profile is selected, Adjective Remix will provide a “report card” for every session. This report card indicates the overall accuracy, the adjectives that were targeted, and a breakdown of accuracy by adjective.
Selecting the “Share Results” button will allow the report card to be printed, emailed, or exported to the free Therapy Report Center.
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Customization
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From the main page, a tap on the “settings” button in the upper right-hand corner will bring up the customization screen. In addition to changing the language setting, a number of other customizations are available.
Concepts Targeted: Simply tap on the button to toggle the concept on/off. Selecting specific concepts allows for teaching as well as assessment of skills learned.
When Wrong: changing these options increases the task complexity and attention needed to complete the task.
Presentation of Items: controls task complexity by determining how items will be presented.

Video Tutorial

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Adjective Remix and the Common Core
With the wealth of data available Adjective Remix is the perfect companion to help students meet common core requirements in English Language Arts. Answering “WH” questions, Producing and expanding complete sentences in shared language activities, and sorting common objects into categories is a requirement of the Common Core State Standards required in most grades (CCSSI, 2014).
Adjective Remix and Response to Intervention
Adjective Remix is an ideal component for Response to Intervention (RTI) as well. The app, with teacher direction, allows for an intensive teaching of the material, expansion of vocabulary, and application of the skills learned. The data collection that occurs for each player allows individual progress monitoring to occur. Exporting into and out of the Therapy Report Center ensures progress monitoring is maintained easily.
Features
Adjective Remix has the following features:

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– Single or multi-player platform

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– 8 Concept Categories each with at least 4 types of adjectives

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– Over 400 high-quality images showing REAL-LIFE objects

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– Ability to use the app for screening or teaching

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– Data Collection over time for each student

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– Compatibility with Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and progress monitoring

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Reviews

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Rose Ann Kesting
“This is a great app for addressing adjectives with practical pictures and flexible settings. I will have fun supplementing my therapy with this nicely designed app—and my kiddos will be happy to have another great reason to use the ipad!!” http://speechsnacks.com/

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Hanna Bogen
“I love that you can target multiple categories of adjectives during a given game. The photos all include real objects, making them highly contextual for clients requiring the real-deal (rather than line drawings or clip art depictions of an object).” https://hbslp.wordpress.com/

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Mary Huston
“I’d say this app is great. It’s a wonderful addition to my therapy tool box and I look forward to using it with my students.” http://speechadventures.com/

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Mandi Schaumburg
“This is another great tool for your iPad if you are a speech pathologist, teacher, or parent!” http://pandaspeech.blogspot.com/

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Tiffany Wallace
“This has been great to use with elementary students for learning adjectives. It’s rewarding to the students to use the iPad and they love the characters on the app.” http://www.yappguru.com/

Sources
Bromley, K (2007), Nine things every teachers should know about words and vocabulary instruction. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy; 50.7.2, p528-537, April 2007.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/1/

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Gray, S. (2003). Word learning by preschoolers with specific language impairment: Predictors and poor learners. JSLHR, 47, 1117-1132.

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Kuster, J. M. (2011, November 01). Building Vocabulary with Online Tools. The ASHA Leader.

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Miller, P., & Eilam, B. (2008). Development in the thematic and containment-relation-oriented organization of word concepts. Journal of Educational Research, 101, 350-362.

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Stahl, S., Fairbanks, M. (1986); The effects of vocabulary instruction: A model-based meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research. Spring 1986: 72-110.

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Stahl, S. (1999). Vocabulary development. Cambridge. MA: Brookline.

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