WH-Questions Island is the newest app from the Virtual Speech Center Inc.
The app focuses on WH questions with 480 prompts used in either the flashcard mode or the game board mode. The game can be played as a receptive language activity where students are given 3 possible choices. The expressive language option gives open ended WH questions for the SLP to rate as correct/incorrect.
Throughout the game you can add multiple students and select different goals for each person. Settings can turn on automatic paging and adjust the alternating counts between students. Use the audio recording option to allow students to hear their answers. This is particularly helpful if you wish to simultaneously target syntax goals. The flashcard activity is pretty straightforward. Pictures are presented and questions asked.
Pros: The board game is engaging. I love that the pieces move independently – it saves me from the hassle of helping them move pieces! I also love the real pictures as visual prompts. So many of my students have difficulty with WH questions, so I know I will the use the app a lot. I can use it to simultaneously target sentence formation, syntax and articulation using the expressive format.
Cons: I played the game with a student today. She had receptive goals and to give her a model, I set my goal for the same type of question but with the expressive skill. The cards were barely ‘shuffled’ and very often my question and her question were the same, one right after another. I wish the cards were better ‘shuffled’ in the presentation. In the ‘info’ section of the app the students can click to open Twitter/Facebook. I wish these links weren’t included, to reduce the likelihood of students getting into other programs.
The app is available in the itunes store for $9.99 as of today! Let me know what you think if you take the plunge!
Disclosure: Virtual Speech Center provided me with a copy of this app to review. No other compensation was provided.
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