Reading Comprehension Camp by Smarty Ears – Review
Reading Comprehension Camp is an iPad only app from Smarty Ears. Smarty Ears was founded in December of 2009 by Barbara Fernandes, a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Smarty Ears was the first company to create apps geared towards speech therapy for mobile devices. Three years later, Smarty Ears has created over 50 applications for children and adults with speech and language delays and disorders such as stuttering, articulation delays, Autism, Down Syndrome, and language disorders. Their goal is to provide the best tools that engage every child to learn, develop appropriate communication skills and become better communicators.
Reading Comprehension Camp is a wonderful teaching tool that I have already used in speech therapy. My students like the program but it is not their favorite, as it is a no frills program with a picture and a story. The students can either read a story or have it read to them. There are five levels of stories. Most of my students are 1st Grade and under. Level one is too difficult for them to read. I read the stories to them or hit the play button under the picture and the story is read to them. Then the student(s) take a quiz. You can choose up to 4 students to participate and you touch the student that will answer the question for each question presented which is nice because I had a student leave the group and then was able to switch between the other two without having to skip questions like in some programs that alternate between students in a specific order.
This program has some nice options for the quiz, you can choose between: all questions, who, what, where, why, when, how, inferences, cause and effect, compare and contrast, sequencing, and vocabulary/context clues. Any combination of questions can be chosen. Data collection is kept by the program for the date of first story, total number of questions answered and total number of stories completed. Data is recorded on overall performance of all stories for each type of question and data is kept for each story. Data includes: date taken, number of participants, story name, activity duration, and whether each type of question was attempted or not, as well as if the answer was right or wrong. This program keeps all the data a person could ask for, and all of it can be imported into Smarty Ears Therapy Report Center (TRC) app so that all information collected on a student by any of the apps compatible with the TRC can be stored and shared or printed in a single report. What a time saver for progress reports! Smarty Ears is a company that provides therapists with what they want!
There is also an option to create your own stories – you can use of the included images or add your own from your iPad camera roll. You can also easily add your own comprehension questions and record the audio for your story. The app includes 5 levels of stories: Level 1 is designed for 2nd grade; while level 5, with a Flesch-Kincaid readability level of 6-7 grades, is designed for older students. I would like for the program is to incorporate easier stories for beginning readers to assess their reading comprehension skills versus listening comprehension skills. The app does allow the user to add their own stories but it would be nice to have a few stories to begin with until you have time to add your own. Think about it- the classroom stories could be added to the program if you are motivated enough to do it!
This is a great app for assessing reading comprehension and listening comprehension skills. The data collection is superb! The number of options and customization is wonderful! I would like to see some easier stories included in the app. If you are looking for entertaining apps that your child will choose often this is not the one for you as there are no animations, music etc. to draw the kiddos to when they have leisure time. Overall, this is a wonderful app that targets skills important to succeeding in education that can be used by parents, teachers and therapists alike but will not be most children’s first choice in leisure apps.
Reading Comprehension Campby Smarty Ears
Category: Education, Educational, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G
Size: 122.78 MB
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