Android Battery Saver Apps

     GreenPower Premium  JuiceDefender - Battery Saver
Name Easy Battery Saver GreenPower Juice Defender – Battery Saver
Marketplace Google Play Google Play; Amazon Appstore Google Play; Amazon Appstore (not with Fire)
Price Free Free/$2.90 Free (Paid Version not Tested)
MB 1.7 2.4 1.8
Operating System 2.0 or higher 2.1 or higher 2.1 or higher
SD Card Yes Yes Yes
My Rating 3/5 4/5 3/5

Is your android phone or tablet dying in the middle of a therapy session or do you have to keep it plugged in all the time?  I would recommend trying a battery saver app. With a good app and the right setting, I have nearly doubled my the battery life of my phone and tablet from a little over 1 day to 2 days.  There are a lot to choose from but a lot of apps that just display battery information show up while searching.  Some don’t work well; one  says it is a battery saver but appears to just collects your search data.  Battery Saver [2x Battery] says it’s a placebo and doesn’t boost battery life in it’s description, but has almost 5 stars with over 12,000 reviews.  Many of the reviews say it improves battery life!

There are some that actually do improve battery life by helping you control your data, wifi, display etc.  I used Easy Battery Saver for about a year. It worked well but the ads got very annoying. They got so bothersome I had to uninstall it. I tried a few others.  A major feature, I wanted was quick access to turn on/off my data of my 2.3 Android phone.  Easy Battery Saver data toggle worked well on my phone.  Juice Defender’s data toggle did not work on my phone.  Juice Defender worked ok on my Tablet, but I wasn’t impressed enough to try a paid version of it.  My battery life was a little better than without it, but not as much as I hoped.

Last month I switched to GreenPower Premium after trying the free version.  It has worked well on both my tablet and phone, but has taken some time to tweak to my desired settings.  The data/wifi toggle works well. After getting the setting adjusted, both my tablet and phone now can last about 2 days.  GreenPower also works on the Kindle Fire.  I have noticed a significant increase in data usage with GreenPower (in comparison to Easy Battery Saver).  I am guessing that this is because GreenPower is allowing my phone to check my emails with much greater frequency.    If you don’t mind paying for an app,  I recommend GreenPower Premium. If you want a free app try Easy Battery Saver, but you have been warned of the ads!

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This Blog is Under Development

Please excuse my blog, it is still in transition.  I recently and abruptly moved from Blogger to WordPress.  Blogger twice temporarily closed my blog because it thought it was spam.  The second time, I decided just to close my blog on Blogger and move to WordPress.   I will be participating in the development of an exciting new website called Yapp Guru, and I would like to have a blog that I don’t have to worry about being temporarily closed when I step away from it.  Yapp Guru should be up in the next couple months.

For the next month I will be focusing primarily on the Android part of my blog.  I will be updating my posted reviews and adding more.  A users guide to buying Android Tablets is in the works.  I also will be further discussing Bluestacks (running Android apps on Windows computers), and adding to my lists (Android apps in the Amazon Appstore and other SLP blogs).  There may be less new posts  in the next few weeks as I work to improve what I have.

I have several more Excel files in development, but would love to hear ideas of  what you would like.  If something can be done in Excel, I can probably figure out how to do it.  Comment if you have wanted to do something in Excel but can’t figure it out.

2 is Always Better Than 1

Two problems I have found using a tablet in therapy is that it frequently doesn’t lend itself well to group therapy and smudges/sanitation. Here is my solution to both these problems.

A half-sized binder fits most 7 inch tablets. Because Android tablets are much cheaper than iPads, you  can buy two decent ones for less than the price of 1 iPad.  For instance you can by 2 Lenovo A2107s right now for $150 each.  These tablets have offline GPS so they can be used for GPS navigation without a data/WIFI connection (not available in iPads).  Another option is to get the Kindle Fire for $160 each. Two of either of these sturdy tablets are cheaper than the $329 for the iPad mini.
Both of these tablets should fit in a half-size binder. The binder protects the tablets from smudges and is easy to wipe off. Now you can do articulation therapy using Pocket Artic with one student and language therapy with a few others using the Irregular Verbs Fun Deck at the same time. Like many other apps, you can email the students results when you are done.

With either the A2017 or the Kindle Fire you can access the Amazon Appstore, providing a free app every day, several of these in the last year have been great for therapy (not available in iPads). There are plenty of speech and language apps in the Amazon Appstore (see my list of over 101) and with the A2107 you can access even more in Google Play. If you are not interested in either of these tablets there are 100’s of other Android tablets available cheaper than iPads.

On top of all this, Bluestacks can be installed on Windows computers and run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. Check back here next week for more details.  

77+ SLP Blogs

Update:  Google Reader is closing down.  I will be looking for a new place to share these blogs.
I have found 77+ SLP blogs and put all of them into Google Reader.  Using Google Reader, you can keep updated with all of these blogs at once here. You may need to update this feed as I add more, so check back.
SLP Blogs
2 Gals Talk …about speech therapy-http://2galsspeechproducts.blogspot.com/Activity Tailor-http://www.activitytailor.com/blog/

all4mychild-http://all4mychild.com/

ASHAsphere-http://blog.asha.org/

SLC Therapy, P.C.-http://slctherapy.com/blog/

Blog | Erik X. Raj: Speech-Language Pathologist-http://www.erikxraj.com/

Carrie’s Speech Corner-http://carriesspeechcorner.blogspot.com/

Chapel Hill Snippets-http://chapelhillsnippets.blogspot.com/

Child Talk-http://www.talkingkids.org/

Cindy L. Meester’s Blog- Speech Therapy with a Twist-http://meesterc.wordpress.com/

Cochlear Implant Online-http://cochlearimplantonline.com/site/

Consonantly Speaking-http://consonantlyspeaking.com/

Cooking Up Good Speech!-http://speechsnacks.com/

Crazy Speech World-http://crazyspeechworld.blogspot.com/

Deaf Village-http://deafvillage.com/news/

Dysphagia Ramblings-http://apujo5.blogspot.com/

Early Intervention Speech Therapy-http://community.advanceweb.com/bloggroups/3/Home.aspx

Easy Speech and Language Ideas-http://easyspeakideas.blogspot.com/

Eric’s RSS Feed-http://feeds.feedburner.com/

Expressions Speech-http://www.expressionsspeech.com/apps/blog/

Frances Evesham SpeechContacts Human Communication Blog-http://speechcontacts.blogspot.com/

GeekSLP: Your source of educational apps and technology-http://www.geekslp.com/

Hanna B. gradstudentSLP-http://hbslp.wordpress.com/

HearMyHands ASL-http://hearmyhandsasl.blogspot.com/

Heather’s Speech Therapy-http://heatherspeechtherapy.com/

If Only I Had Super Powers….-http://ifonlyihadsuperpowers.blogspot.com/

In Spontaneous Speech-http://cjmonty.wordpress.com/

iSPeak App-http://ispeakapp.com/

Iteach2talk’s Blog-http://iteach2talk.wordpress.com/

Jill Kuzma’s SLP Social & Emotional Skill Sharing Site-http://jillkuzma.wordpress.com/

Language Fix-http://languagefix.wordpress.com/

Let’s Talk Speech and Language-http://www.letstalkspeechlanguage.com/

Let’s Talk Speech-Language Pathology-http://letstalkslp.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Lexical Linguist-http://lexicallinguist.wordpress.com/

listentalkdraw.com-http://listentalkdraw.com/

Little Stories | Early Speech & Language Development-http://thelittlestories.com/

Live Speak Love, LLC-http://livespeaklove.com/

MedSLP-http://medslp.podbean.com/

Mommy Speech Therapy-http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/

Ndnspeechmom-http://ndnspeechmom.com/

OliviaSLP-http://oliviaslp.com/

Pathologically Speaking-http://pathologicallyspeaking.blogspot.com/

Pearson Speech and Language-http://www.speechandlanguage.com/

PediaStaff Pediatric SLP, OT and PT Blog-http://www.pediastaff.com/blog/

Play On Words-http://playonwords.com/

Playing With Words 365-http://www.playingwithwords365.com/

PrAACtical AAC-http://praacticalaac.org/

Say What, Y’all?-http://saywhatyall.wordpress.com/

Smart Speech Therapy LLC-http://www.smartspeechtherapy.com/

Smart Talkers:Talking about childen’s communication from Small Talk SLT-http://www.smarttalkersblog.com/

Speech Gadget-http://www.speechgadget.com/

Speech in the Schools-http://community.advanceweb.com/blogs/

Speech Lady Liz-http://speechladyliz.blogspot.com/

Speech Room News-http://speechroomnews.blogspot.com/

Speech Therapist – Talking Talk-http://talkingtalk.co.za/

Speech Therapists Don’t Get Apples!-http://rwslp.blogspot.com/

Speech Therapy Ideas & Speech Therapy Activities-http://www.speechtherapyideas.com/

Speech Time Fun-http://speechtimefun.blogspot.com/

speechie apps-http://speechieapps.com/

Speechie Freebies-http://speechiefreebies.blogspot.com/

SpeechTechie- Technology, Apps and Lessons for SLPs and Teachers who like Words-http://www.speechtechie.com/

Speechy Keen SLP-http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog/

Sublime Speech-http://sublimespeech.blogspot.com/

Talk It Up-http://talkituptherapy.blogspot.com/

teachmetotalk.com-http://teachmetotalk.com/

Technology and Speech Therapy Corner-http://technologyandspeechtx.blogspot.com/

Testy yet trying-http://testyyettrying.blogspot.com/

The Learning Curve-http://slplearningcurve.blogspot.com/

The Spectronics Blog-http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/

The Speech Guy-http://the-speechguy.com/

The Speech House-http://sherm04.blogspot.com/

The Speech Ladies-http://thespeechladies.blogspot.com/

Therapy and Learning Services, Incorporated – Blog: SpeechladyJen-http://www.therapyandlearningservices.com/

Therapy App 411: App reviews by SLPs, OTs, and other special education professionals-http://www.therapyapp411.com/

Therapy Ideas Blog by Rhiannan Walton-http://blog.therapyideas.org/

TheSpeechPathWay.com-http://www.thespeechpathway.com/

Thinking of a better blog name-http://myramblingsonstuff.wordpress.com/

TiPS: Technology in Practice for S-LPs-http://technologyinpracticeslp.wordpress.com/

Topics in Speech and Language-http://topicsinspeechandlanguage.blogspot.com/

Speechy Musings-http://speechymusings.wordpress.com/


Comment below if you want to get added to the list.

Email to Autism iHelp

I downloaded the Android version of Autism iHelp – Play yesterday.  The home screen is not sizing properly on most of my devices. This app was tested on a LG DoublePlay, Lenovo A1, and Kindle Fire (1st Generation). The start screen only sized properly on the Kindle Fire. Access to games and options in cut off on my tablet and only the toys and outdoor activities are accessible on my phone. I tried both the Google Play and Amazon Appstore versions. Besides this major drawback this app works well. Thanks for storing the majority of the app on the SD card.  Let me know you fix the home screen and I will update my review on my blog and Amazon.
Roger Wagner CCC-SLP

Individual Client Tracking Sheets

I was cleaning out and reorganizing all the files in my computer and found two sheets I used track client data before I created my Caseload Data Tools.  One file is in Microsoft Word and can be downloaded here.
The other is an Excel file and can be downloaded here.
I figured out how to put all of my files in one folder (album) on ge.tt.  They are all here, but all the download counts have been reset to zero.  

Autism iHelp – Play

Name
Developer
Price
Free
MB
18.4
Type General
Language
Type Specific
Vocabulary
Operating System
2.2 or higher
SD Card
No
My Rating
««¶¶¶ (2/5)

Autism iHelp – Play is another Android App that the start screen is not sizing properly on most of my devices.  This app was tested on a LG DoublePlay, Lenovo A1, and Kindle Fire (1st Generation).  The start screen only sized properly on the Kindle Fire. Access to games and options in cut off on my tablet and only the toys and outdoor activities are accessible on my phone.  Besides this major drawback this app works well.  It provides flashcards with good pictures and voice output (which can be turned off if the options can be accessed).

The games feature is nice. It’s too bad it only worked on the Kindle Fire.   It is a multiple choice game for labeling pictures where the audio is optional.

GoToApp

Rating 5/5 Stars
If you are looking for an app to organize all your other apps look no further.  GoToApp allows you to create unlimited folders to organize your apps within. You can create shortcuts to the folders on your home screen or place folders within other folders.  Apps can be arranged alphabetically, or you can position them.  When placing apps in folders, they can be filtered into new apps or apps that aren’t in a folder. You can try the free version, which is the full version for the first few weeks. All information is saved when switching to the full version. The app creator was quick to respond to questions.

Free Version Full Version

Email to Pocket SLP

Below is my Email to Pocket SLP
Dear PocketSLP,
I am enjoying your speech therapy apps for android devices.  I have a tablet and phone and am using both your Pocket SLP Articulation, and Little Jude Sky 1 apps.  I like them both, but have a few suggestions for improvement.  Many android apps let you store most of the app on the SD card.  Both your apps are over 20 MB. Please give your apps this feature, because I am running out of space on my tablet.
The Pocket SLP Articulation app works great on both my tablet and phone. It is by far the best articulation app I have found.  There are a few mistakes/glitches I have noticed while using the sentences feature though.  There are no sentences for ‘z’.  It just goes to the word level for both the word and sentence level.  
Some sentences aren’t really sentences.
  • One thousand kids.
  • The smoking volcano.  
  • The number four.
  • The number five.
  • A smoking volcano.
  • The number seven.

There are a few capital letter mistakes.
  • Look at the Chalk stick. (C)
  • The Orange is good. (O)
  • The Gorilla is mad. (G)
  • I bought some Art today. (A)
  • We went to oregon state. (o)

One sentence is missing an apostrophe.
  • The kitten lost its mittens. (it’s)

Two sentence missing a letter.
  • The went north yesterday.  (They?)
  • Buy some tomatos. (tomatoes)

One sentence missing a period.
  • Game starts with G(.)

The start screen in Little Jude Sky’s Very Strange Day Pt. 1 isn’t sized properly on my Lenovo A1 or my phone. “I can read” is hidden behind the “Cancel” and “Read” buttons on the tablet and completely inaccessible on my phone.  When the app is run in ‘Read to me’ mode on my tablet, there is a glitch on the fourth page if ‘window’ is selected for ‘moon’, the app consistently crashes and closes.
I really like your apps.  Fixing these problems and allowing SD card storage will make them even better.
Thanks,
Roger Wagner CCC-SLP