Monday, July 22, 2013

{Review} Describe It To Me App

"Describe It To Me" by Smarty Ears is a fun new "game show" app that targets a child's ability to describe objects, both receptively and expressively.

Smarty Ears does a great job providing detailed tutorials for their apps.  Spending a few minutes watching the tutorial makes using the app really easy.

Once you've watched the tutorial, you're ready to set up your users.  Simply tap "add" player, type in the students name, and then tap the photo area to add an avatar.

You can also decide the app's response if a student chooses an incorrect vs. correct answer.  You can also determine if you would like the points the student earns to be displayed and if you would like the spinner to be used.

You can also determine which specific words you'd like to use or you can select all of them to be used.  The app includes over 160 items to describe!

Now, you're all set to go.  There are six different "question types" for the app, including:

- category
- function
- parts
- location
- visuals
- extras

If you choose the receptive language setting, simply decide which question type you'd like to target.  A question will pop up related to the question type that you've chosen as well as a few possible answers.

If you choose the expressive language function, answers are not provided.  Instead, boxes are available to record correct vs. incorrect vs. almost responses.

Once you have completed the app, you can view each student's results.

Another great feature of this app is a multitude of homework sheets that can be printed and sent home with a student.

Here is a close up of one of the homework sheets.

What I love about this app:
- It guides students through describing objects with attributes in an easy to use and fun game show-like format.
- It includes over 160 pictures to describe, so students can use the app over and over again.
- It includes both receptive and expressive components, which is ideal when considering students at various levels.

You can find this awesome describing app for $9.99 at iTunes!

Disclaimer: This app was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

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