While most people in the word are doing the countdown to Christmas, you’ll find everyone in a school building doing the countdown to WINTER BREAK. Can I get an Amen? Just a few more days! To ease you into the break, I thought I’d post a fun app review and a giveaway. Listen Close Articulation is the newest app produced by Erik X. Raj. Erik sent me a copy of this app for review. The opinions are just mine! Listen Close is an app targeting articulation of the S, Z, R, L, S/R/L blends, SH, CH, and TH sounds. Were you a child of the 80’s? Did you have a child of the 80’s? You’ll probably think this app reminds you of the old Simon electronic game! The app is basically an articulation version of the old Simon Says Lights memory games! Pick a sound position or pick mixed! Your student is shown a set of words that will be targeted during the game. Four faces will show up on the screen. Each of the four faces will say one of the artic words. The student will imitate the iPad by pressing corresponding face. The first set only includes 1 word. If they do it correctly the next sequence increases in difficulty (2 words) and so on. Pros: The premise of this app is fantastic. The students are getting hit with SO much auditory bombardment. They get to practice a set of words for many trials in a game format that is original and engaging. This app is a great one to recommend to parents for homework! Cons: When the student imitates the sequence, they are forced to go slowly. That was really hard for some of my language impaired students who have decreased memory skills. They got pretty frustrated. I would love it if the buttons could be pressed in succession a bit quicker! I’d also really like to see a simple data collection feature added to the app. Listen Close Articulation is listed in the iTunes store for $4.99. Erik wants to give one lucky reader a free copy of his app PLUS a $10 iTunes giftcard. Enter in the rafflecopter widget below to win. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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