Website Wednesday: Reading Fun

This is going to be my last Website Wednesday, at least for a while.  I am going to focus more on reviewing Android apps on this blog and in Yapp Guru this summer, using my new Nexus 7 tablet.   I also am working on a flashcard Excel file and will be giving away a promo code to Puzzingo at some point in the next few months.

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The website this week is  resource developed by Mrs. Carney a teacher with Appleton Area School District in Wisconsin.   She has organized a list of games, Powerpoints, and other resources in different topics. I found several useful activities for my upper elementary students here (http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/staff/boldtkatherine/ReadingFun.htm).  I have used some of the games from the subject predicate area.  Other areas that look useful include the plurals, homophones, idioms, and parts of speech.

Everyone have a great summer!

Website Wednesday: Sagittal and Frontal Phoneme Videos from University of Iowa

The University of Iowa developed a video collection of all the English, German, and Spanish phonemes.  I  like to use this great resource (http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#) for visual aids to teach and review how to produce phonemes during articulation therapy.

The videos use flash player so they can be played on this website using Android tablets with flash player.  Adobe no longer officially supports  Android but can be installed by following the instructions in the video at the bottom of my GotKidsGames post or by purchasing Puffin Web Browser.

Website Wednesday: GotKidsGames

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GotKidsGames.com has some great language and phonics games for grades K-6 in it’s Word Games (http://www.gotkidsgames.com/GotKidsGames%20Word%20Games%20By%20Grade.html) area.  The link to this area is currently at the bottom of the second column in the homepage.  Some of the games keep score and some do not.  There are plural,  pronoun, subject-verb, adjective, and punctuation games to name a few of the ones that could be used in therapy.

Some of the games are short race the clock games to see how many correct answers can be done in a minute. I have found these most useful in therapy because they are quick, track data, and the kids enjoy them.  5 of these are  subject-verb agreement games: 1st grade, 2nd grade3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th Grade. There’s also a racing homophone and pronoun games.  If you click on a few of the links in the last couple sentences you may notice some of the games have no ads.  Playing around with this website, I noticed that you can change a few of the the .html ending to .swf and the ads go away.  The .swf links a may eventually stop working, but I have enjoyed them the past few months.

Most of these games are flash games so they can work on Android tablets.  It has come to my attention that the Android 4.1 and 4.2 no longer have official flash support, but you can still get it from adobe’s website in archives.  I found a YouTube video that explains how to get flash in Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).  You can watch it below.

Website Wednesday: Minimal Pairs from John Higgins

This week’s website is not online activities for therapy but a resource I discovered several years ago.  John Higgins organized complete lists of minimal pair for English consonants and vowels. This is a very handy resource for speech therapy.   Two warnings before the link; the lists includes swear words, and it may be blocked by schools’ web filters.   Check out this amazing resource here (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wordscape/wordlist/).  This website also has lists of homophones and homographs.

Website Wednesday: Cando’s Helper Page!

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Cando’s Helper Page (http://www.candohelperpage.com/index.html) is a website created by Ray Beaudoin.  It has been around since 2001.  It has a lot of games and worksheets that can be used for language and articulation therapy.  The games are what I would call “old school”.  They are not as fancy as stuff from Funbrain, but my students still seem to enjoy them.  I have frequently used the Practice Activity #3  in Final Consonant Blends and both of the Mixed Bossy R Practice #5 and #6 in R-Controlled Vowels to provide a break from normal articulation therapy.

All of the games use Flash Player, so they will work on Android tablets that have it installed.  Flash Player can be found in Google Play here and enabled on Kindle Fires by following the directions here.

Check out the two new pages I created at the top of my blog: SLP Android Apps and My Free Microsoft Office Files.

Website Wednesday: Quia

Quia There are a ton of speech therapy materials at www.quia.com/web.  The trick with this website is finding what you want when you want it. The resource I found for SLPs is Pamela Bordas’ Homepage (http://www.quia.com/pages/pbordashome.html).  There are a lot of language and articulation activities available. I particularly like to use the challenge board games for therapy with two students. You can also search for shared activities here (http://www.quia.com/shared/).  With flash player many of these activities work on Android devices.

Website Wednesday: The Communication Matrix (Evaluation for Those in Early Stages of Communication)

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Last week, I ran across this website while reviewing an evaluation conducted at a university in my state.  If you are like me, you have treated some children with very severe language delays.  One of the hardest things with these students is figuring out what to use when testing them.  The Communication Matrix looks like a great solution to this problem if the client is in the early stages of communication, and best of all it is free.  You register and fill out a survey on the website and a free results page is created.  For the cost of a testing protocol ($6.00) a custom report can be created.

Check out their video here:

Their introduction YouTube video cuts out 17 seconds before their video on their website.  The rest of the video talks about how you can go back and repeat the survey multiple times to show progress, and that all the information is completely secure and can’t be identified.  They have a YouTube channel with 3 other short videos here.

I have only looked at a summary report  from this website, but this will definitely be my go-to place for testing kids in the early stages of communication.  The website again is: http://www.communicationmatrix.org/.  Please comment below if you have used this evaluation.

Website Wednesday: Quizlet

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Quizlet is a flashcard website, that allows users to create and share sets of flashcards.  Unlike some of the other flashcard websites Quizlet allows use of images in their sets.  Users can form classes (groups) to share their sets.  I have created two classes, one for speech and another for language.  Both of these classes have over 40 cards; check them out by clicking the links in the previous sentence.

The flashcards in Quizlet can be accessed without signing in.  Registering and logging in allows you to create cards, favorites, and join classes.  If you log in information in some sections are saved, but can be easily cleared for the next client by clicking “Start Over”. After you are logged in you can join my “Speech Therapy For Use With Clients” class by clicking here and my “Language Therapy For Use With Clients” by clicking here.  If you create your own flashcards don’t forget to share.

There are currently 7 ways to study flashcards directly from the website. The flashcard mode just allows you to navigate through the cards just as you would real flashcards.  There is a new flashcard mode (below the flashcards), which is showing up on my Chrome browser but not on Internet Explorer.  This works very well during therapy because it allows you to mark (wrong) cards for further study by clicking the star on the top right corner of the card, making it easy to track data.  The new mode allows the card to be spoken if desired.  Both modes allow you to choose which side of the card you want to show first. I will contact Quizlet about its new mode and when they are planning on making it the default.

The “Speller” mode shows a picture if available, says the target word, then prompts you to type it.  If typed incorrectly it repeats.  The “Learn” mode shows or speaks one side of the flashcard and prompts you to type the other side.  Data is tracked and you can complete another round until all incorrect cards are correct.  This works great with language cards.  The “Test” mode provides a quiz with part fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, matching, and true/false.

There are two games also. Scatter is a timed game to match flashcard sides.  Space Race  prompts you to type one side of the card before the other side moves across the screen.

Much of this content can be accessed through the internet with a mobile device, but there are a lot of apps which allow offline use.  The best one I tried is Quizard which is available on Android, Amazon, Nook,  as well as iOS.  There is a free lite verison of Quizard on Google Play and Amazon.  Apple also has an official Quizlet app.  Windows phones and tablets can find apps here.

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Multiple flashcard websites can be accessed from Quizard.  To download Quizlet cards click Download Sets and Download From Quizlet. From here you can search for “subject”, “creator”, “my cards”, or “my groups”.  If you become a member of one of my classes, click my groups, log in and allow access. Then you can view your groups (classes) and select (download) the desired set.  Similarly you can view your favorites, or you can search for rwslp to find my stuff.

Explaining the details on how to use Quizard further would be quite lengthy.  If there is enough interest (comments)  in a tutorial, I can create a video.

With Quizlet you can now create and access hundreds of flashcards on your computer, smart phone, and tablet.

Website Wednesday: FunBrain

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Many speech language pathologists who work in the schools have probably heard of FunBrain, but did you know it has stuff you can use in therapy.  I use some of the games from the Word Games section during therapy.  All of these games keep score and the kids enjoy them.  Below is a list of the ones I have found useful.

2Bee or Nottoobee – works on the “be” verbs

The Plural Girls – works on regular and irregular plurals; two levels in both multiple choice and fill in the blank

Vocabulary – works on making words (text) to pictures in the areas of alphabet, animals, fruit, tools, machines, and shapes

Word Confusion – works on homophones in two levels

Scramble-Saurus Game – works on unscrambling words with a provided clue with three levels and multiple topics

Grammar Gorillas – works on identifying parts of speech within sentences

There are also Mad Libs a and spelling games.

I apologize for anyone who checked out my blog last Wednesday expecting a website.  Amazon had a free app that could be used in therapy so I posted on that instead.  I will try to keep my Wednesday posts on websites (except for when Amazon has good therapy app on Wednesday).  Next week will be a great resources for both online and offline (app) use.  Be sure you check back next week!

Website Wednesday: www.Freerice.com

I have decided to add a weekly post on a website I am using in therapy. There are so many great websites for speech therapy. I seem to find one or two every week.

One of my favorite language websites for upper elementary to high school students is Freerice.com. This website is great for working on vocabulary and grammar. In the vocabulary section it works on identifying synonyms of a target word from a choice of four, and the grammar section works on selecting a grammatically correct sentence from a choice of two. There are many other subjects, but I haven’t found them as useful for therapy.

As the student answers several questions correctly they advance to the next level. If they get a question wrong it moves back a level. This provides a general way to track progress; unfortunately it doesn’t track wrong answers. The levels can be adjusted to a desired starting point. All correct answers provide 10 grains of rice to the Word Food Programme, helping to feed those in need. Ads are used on the website to get money for the donations, but I haven’t found these ads too bothersome.

I like to use this website with students if I have a few minutes left after completing my main activities. It is also a great website to recommend to other teachers. There is an app for this website in Google Play, but it is basically just the website, with quick access to the different subjects. It requires an internet connection.

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