ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apps - Odd One Out Pack Review
Many of my students are working on categorization skills and vocabulary goals. I am always looking for new ways to focus on their goals, so when tbox apps contacted me to review their Odd One Out Pack, I was delighted to try it out with my students!
tbox apps is a UK based company that has currently developed four applications for the iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad - Odd One Out Pack, Minimal Pairs Pack, Predictable (in 5 different languages), and Scene & Heard. One of the founders and directors of the company, Rebecca Bright, is a licensed speech-language pathologist who has significant involvement in production of the company's applications. Read on for my review of the application and how to use it!
The Odd One Out Pack application is focuses on semantic reasoning skills. It can be purchased for the iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad for $29.99/20.99 Euro. Upon opening the application, there are four different options as well as two additional settings. The settings chosen will be highlighted in orange once pressed. After settings and options are chosen, press the "Start" button to begin app play. These options/settings include -
If this is your first time using the application, you must create a new user profile by selecting the "New User" button and typing in the user's name using the keyboard, then press "Done". Otherwise, access the Existing User List by selecting "Existing User" or, if you accidentally pressed the "New User" button first, there is access via the "Existing User List" button on that menu as well. User names previously entered will appear in list format with the ability to scroll up and down to find users. Select a user to use the application by pressing his or her name. Only one user may play at a time. You can delete profiles by pressing the "Edit" button within the "Existing User" list, then pressing the red circle with the white minus in it. A red "Delete" button will appear and upon pressing the button, the selected user's profile and information associated with it will be deleted. Make sure once you're done editing/deleting names that you press "Done" to exit "Edit" mode. Multiple users can be stored in this application.
Choose Number of Cards:
This option will decide how many cards will appear on the screen once the application is started. You may choose from 3 or 6 cards at a time.
Choose Difficulty Level:
Easy - Distant Semantic Relationships:
Vocabulary/images on the cards will be different by more than one feature/category
Medium - Moderate Semantic Relationships:
Vocabulary/images on the cards will be different by a couple features; usually they have the same category but different sub-categories
Hard - Close Semantic Relationships:
Vocabulary/images on the cards will be similar in features, categories, and sometimes sub-categories; different by one feature
Note - UK Vocabulary Spelling: if you are in the United States using this application, be aware that the vocabulary is spelled with UK English spellings (aeroplane vs. airplane).
There are 5 pre-determined sets of cards that are the same each time they are played in a specific order. Each set has 25 semantic relationships per set. Each time a set is played, it begins with the same cards depending on the settings.
Choose Card Type:
- Symbol Only - Shows only images of the vocabulary on cards
- Word Only - Shows only the typed vocabulary on cards
- Symbol + Word - Shows both images as well as typed vocabulary below the image on cards
Sound: Can turn the button sounds as well as the correct/incorrect sounds on and off via a toggle switch.
In addition to all of the settings, if you are interested in learning more about the tbox apps company, their other applications, or in viewing a tutorial of the application, click the circle with the "i" in the middle icon at the top of the main page. You can also view their website address (http://www.tboxapps.com) as well as receive support or share tbox apps application information via e-mail.
Once you choose each of the settings appropriate for your student/child, 3 or 6 cards will appear (depending on which you chose from the main page). These can be displayed in either portrait or landscape format when the iPad is turned. Cards will contain images and/or words depending on which settings you selected from the main page. Your student/child is now able to choose which card does not fit in the category with the other cards by pressing it. He or she can click the "Shuffle" button to change the order of the cards as many times as he or she wants before selecting which one does not fit in the category. The category is not stated, the child must infer the category/sub-category based on the vocabulary shown.
When an answer is selected, it will be highlighted once pressed. If the answer is correct, a green check box will appear over the card and a sound will play (if the sounds are turned on). If the answer chosen is incorrect, a red "x" will appear over the card and a different sound will play (if sound is turned on). You can press the "Pause" button once an answer is chosen to stop the application from moving on to the next cards in the set. This way, you can discuss the student/child's answer and why it was correct or incorrect. This is great for children working on expressive language skills. To un-pause, press the "Start" button to resume app play. If the answer selected is incorrect, the correct answer will be highlighted and the child will be asked via a pop up message if he or she would like to "Try Again". If the student tries the semantic relationship over again, his or her next response(s) will not be calculated toward the final percentage. In addition, the cards remain in the same order unless you choose to shuffle them.
This same process continues through the 25 semantic relationships. At the end of the 25, you can click the "Continue to Results" button. If this is the first session with the app for the student, the session will show on its own. If there are additional sessions, they will show with the first session at the top and the remainder in order from earliest to latest. Sessions are shown in a table format with the following headings: Date, Number of Cards, Difficulty Level, and Accuracy. Accuracy is based on the first try of each set. You can e-mail the chart to yourself by pressing the "e-mail" button at the top. You must have your e-mail set up on your iPod/iPad in order to do so. To go back to the main page and start the application again, press the icon that looks like a house.
You can discontinue the application at any time by pressing the "Home" button and a pop-up will appear asking "Do you want to end this session?". It is important to note that if the application is not played all of the way through, there is no accuracy tabulated or saved for the student. In addition, you cannot view the statistics for a student until you play through the entire application.
What I Like About the Application:
- Depending on the age/needs of the student, you have the ability to choose the difficulty as well as images vs. text so that the application settings are the most appropriate. This allows you to use the application for multiple students.
- Data collection is within the application and you can e-mail it to yourself so that you do not need to keep data on a separate document. This also cuts down on time in therapy and allows you to focus more on student answers.
- The application will give immediate feedback as to whether a response is correct or incorrect and also show the correct response before moving on to the next set of cards.
- The application is simple to follow and choose the settings. In addition, the developer has created a video of the application helps users determine whether or not the application is right for their students/children as well as learn how to use the application.
What I Would Like to See in Future Updates:
- I would like to be able to view data/statistics for students without having to play through the entire application. This way, if I am in a conference with a parent, I can quickly show them their students' progress.
- I would like randomization of the sets upon each play through a set so that my students do not memorize correct answers.
- It would be nice to be able to choose between UK and US English.
- This application can be used with multiple ages of students due to the fact that it can be set to show vocabulary as images, text, or both.
- This application can be used for receptive language purposes for students who have difficulty with categorization, semantics, and vocabulary. It can also be used with students who have expressive language disorder for them to describe why the cards go together or why one card does not belong in a category.
- Have students use toy objects to match the vocabulary in the game and place the objects into piles based on similar categories.
- Have students name additional vocabulary related to the category given.
- Have students write why the cards go together or the one card does not fit in the category.
The author of Consonantly Speaking was given an application code by tbox apps to review this application. No other form of compensation was given.