Speech Cards Pro Application Review
There are a lot of flashcard making applications on iTunes; however, Speech Cards Pro takes it to another level. Not only does the application come with four pre-installed decks, but you can create your own card decks, add audio narration to each card, and score user responses to cards. To learn all of the different ways you can use this application, continue reading.
The Main Page comes with four pre-installed decks of cards: Animals, Food, Initial p, and CVC Words. At the top of the application are buttons to go to the Reports, Customize, Help, and Info pages. Finally, you can view and add students or start the application via the buttons at the bottom of the page.
Press the "Info" button to view the credits, website, company, version, and graphics used in the application. This application was created by RWH Technology.
The "Help" menu shows a quick guide of how to use the application, a website where the user can view a video guide of how to use the application, and images of each button and what it does.
To add a student, press the "Students" button. Then, press the green "+" button to add a student and type his or her first and last name into the white rectangular boxes. You can add multiple students to the application. In addition, you can use the application with multiple students at a time.
You can either select the deck(s) or student(s) first to begin the application; it doesn't matter which order you choose. Press the "Student" button and then press the student(s) name(s) of whom you would like to use the application and press "Done". Checkmarks will appear next to the users names and those people will be the ones whom will be using the application. To choose which deck(s) to use, press on the corresponding button(s) and a check mark will appear on each deck chosen. Once both a student/students and a card deck/decks have been chosen, the "Start" button will display in green. Press the "Start" button to begin application play.
One card at a time will appear. You can navigate between cards by pressing the yellow arrow buttons. A word and its associated image will appear in the middle of the screen. If audio has been recorded for the image/word, press on the image or the word to hear it. The user can then record his or her voice stating the item when the microphone is pressed. Press the "Stop" button and then "Play" to hear it stated back. You can score each response as correct (checkmark), incorrect ("x"), or approximate (two wavy lines) by pressing the corresponding buttons. When you score each response, a fraction and percentage of accuracy will appear in a box above the buttons. To end a session, press the "End Session" button at the top left hand corner of the page. A "Session Summary" will appear that will show each client's name, score as a fraction, accuracy as a percentage, and number of recordings. You can then choose to save or discard the summary.
There are four additional buttons at the top right hand side of the page. The button shaped like a person allows you to switch between users for multiplayer. The icon with two cards chooses a random card within the deck. The screen "Display" button will show a "List View" of the cards in which you can use to choose specific cards. The "Lock" button locks the application so that a user cannot move between the previous and next cards.
Select the "Reports" button at the top of the Main Page or view a Session Report at the end of an individual session. Pressing the "Reports" button will bring you to the "Reports" page. A student list will be shown on the left hand side of the application in alphabetical order. You can add students on this page by pressing the "Add Student" "+" button at the bottom of the screen or edit/delete a student by pressing the pencil button above the students list. Press a students' name to have their name highlight in blue and view the session summary report list for that student on the right hand side of the page. You can delete a session report by pressing the pencil button above the sessions and then press the red circle with a minus button followed by "Delete". Session Summary Reports are shown by the date, description of which decks were used, score, accuracy, and number of recordings.
If you press on the session you wish to view, it will highlight in blue, then show you the "Detailed Session Report". This will show the students' name, date of session, decks used, overall accuracy as a fraction and percentage, the option to e-mail the report as a PDF, text of each card and its score/percentage followed by the audio recording (if a recording was saved), and a notes section at the top of the page. On the Reports page, you can also e-mail the list of short descriptions of each session/its accuracy.
Press the pencil "Customize" button on the "Main Page" to customize a previously created deck or create a new deck of cards to use with the application. If you choose to customize a previously created deck, such as one of the four included in the application, first press to highlight the deck. Then, if you wish to edit a previously created card, press to highlight the card. You then have the options to re-record the audio by pressing the microphone button, re-play the audio by pressing the green triangle button, edit the text by pressing the text box and typing new text on the keyboard, change the photo by pressing on the photo itself, delete the card by pressing the red "x" button, e-mail the card by pressing the mail button, or add a card by pressing the green "+" button. You can also navigate between cards by pressing the yellow arrow buttons. If you wish to delete a deck or a card from the list, press either of the pencil buttons and then the corresponding red circle with a minus in the middle and "Delete" buttons. To add a new card to a previously created deck, press the green "+" Add Card button after the deck has been highlighted. To mail an entire deck, choose the deck on the side of the application and then press the mail button to e-mail it as a PDF file or DATA.
To create a new deck, press the "+" next to the "Add Deck" text. Then, type the deck name into the blank rectangular block. Next, press the empty rectangle button to choose a color for your deck. After that, press "Done" to have the deck show up on the right hand side of the Decks list. Next, press "Add Card" to begin adding a card at a time to your newly created deck. Press the "New Card" text to type in the text for the card. You can add a picture by pressing on the gray square. Choose to use a picture from your iPads' Photo Library or to take a photo. Once you have chosen a photo, you can then rotate it clockwise or counterclockwise. To record a description of the photo and text, press the microphone button to record, red rectangular button to stop recording, and green triangle button to play the audio back. You can then add another card by pressing the "Add Card" button. Once you are done adding cards to the deck, press the "Customize" button to head back to the "Customize" menu. This deck will then be added to the Main Menu.
What I Like About This Application:
- The application is customizable which allows for endless possibilities for card decks!
- You can record a student's response to a card.
- The application tracks data from multiple students (up to 30 students) and sessions. It also allows you to view and compare sessions over time. Finally, you can send the information over e-mail.
- Each card can have text, images, and audio along with it for optimum language learning.
- I love how you can use your own images and voice to customize the application. In addition, you can even print the images or e-mail them as a PDF file for additional practice!
- The application is easy to navigate, use, and is not cluttered. In addition, it includes a manual of how to use the application preceded by a link to view a YouTube tutorial.
What I Would Like to See in Future Updates:
- I would love to purchase the ability to have pre-installed graphics so that I would not have to go searching for photos or take them myself.
- It would be great to be able to share card decks with other users.
- I know there are times I might want to have more than 20 images per deck, so it might be nice to be able to have more cards allowed.
- Articulation - Create a deck of cards for a particular speech sound. You can type in sounds at the sound, syllable, word, phrase, or sentence level. Select pictures to accompany the words. You can even add a picture with multiple images of words with a students' speech sound to get more trials. Create a story by placing the cards in order using a user's speech sounds.
- Fluency/Voice - Create cards with fluency or vocal strategies on them to review and visual cues to go along with them. You can also write words/phrases/sentences for users to practice their strategies with.
- Vocabulary - Create a card set with a students' vocabulary words for his or her class or goals. Place pictures along with them. You can put the definitions on the same cards or the card following the word.
- Compare/Contrast - Place two images on one flashcard and have the user compare and contrast the words/images.
- Categorization - Place a bunch of cards in a category into a deck but don't name it anything descriptive. Have the student name the deck. Another way to work on categories is to put a picture of multiple items in a category and have users name the category.
- Describing - Put an image/word on a card and have the student describe it. You can even put hints such as "what does it do?" or "what does it look like?" on the cards as well.
- Auditory Bombardment - Record a word or sentence with multiple words with a given speech sound for a student to press and listen to.
- Grammar - Create cards with cloze sentences for a student to fill in the blank with the correct grammatical term. You can also have them state what part of speech a certain word in a sentence is or a word on its own is.
- WH Questions - Create a deck of WH questions either about a certain topic or a certain WH question type and ask a different question on each card.
- Expressive Language - Show a picture and have the student record audio to go along with that picture. Create a sequence of pictures and have the user create a story about them.
- Story Re-Tell - Have a user listen to a story and then create an identical card deck without audio for a student to record his or her own.
- Questions Following a Story - Create a story and have the last card or two ask the user questions about the story.
- Social Story - Have a card deck tell a social story with each card being a part of it. Have a picture on each card to go with the social story.
- Emotions - Create a deck of cards with people showing different emotions. Have the user imitate the emotion, state the emotion, or state a time when he or she felt that way.
- Problem Solving - Create a problem-solving card deck with different situations for the student to determine the best course of action for.
- Speech Homework - Print off a card deck and send it home as homework.
Speech Cards Pro is available for the iPad for $9.99. You can purchase the Lite version for free.
Consonantly Speaking was given a copy of this application to review. No other form of compensation was given.