Sean from Speech Techie has some great ideas for repurposing apps for use in speech/language therapy.
His post on how to use Stick Around inspired me to to have a look at Stick Around for use in therapy with younger children.
Stick Around is an app that allows the creation of puzzles featuring “stickers” that can be dragged on top of an image or array in order to develop skills such as categorization, labeling, sequencing, or describing. It has been created by Tony Vincent together with MorrisCooke (the creator of Explain Everything).
Stick Around comes with a number of preloaded puzzles and templates for puzzles. You can share puzzles with others via email, Dropbox, Google Drive, and WebDAV. The receiving iPad must have Stick Around installed in order to play.
The value of using this app for teaching and learning for children who can read is indisputable but the challenge is using it effectively for non readers or beginning readers.
The App features a User Guide as well as great Video Tutorials available for using the app. Although I am not a tech whizz, I was able to create a custom project with this guidance.
I used an image of a boy in order to create my Body Parts puzzle.
I used voice with each tag so that the child did not have to read the label, but could tap to listen to what the label/sticker was, and drag the label to the appropriate position.
Additional information can be obtained by tapping the i button. In this instance I added the plural of foot.
After clicking Check while playing a puzzle, Stick Around tells the player how many stickers are correct.
If the player does not have all stickers in the correct positions, it will color stickers that are correct in green and incorrect in red. In case the player cannot see the colors, correct stickers have a happy face and incorrect have a sad face.
After successfully completing a puzzle, the screenshot can be saved with the number of attempts stamped on it. So, while receiving visual feedback may help players solve puzzles more quickly, each time the Check button is clicked, it adds to the number of attempts.
Apart from labeling/vocabulary, other uses for younger children could include
- Labeling family members/people. This can be so beneficial for children on the Autism Spectrum
- Sequencing events or procedural discourse tasks.
- Only one answer area can be highlighted, so on the body parts you would have to guide the child to use the left/right knee etc.
- Dragging the labels to the correct position requires fairly good fine motor dexterity, so for younger children, assistance may be required.
At just $2.99 I think that this app is a valuable part of any student and educator arsenal. You can download it from iTunes over here
I would love to share your ideas and puzzles.
You can click on my link here to download my body parts puzzle.