Rhetoric Public Speaking by John Zimmer and Florian Mueck – Review



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What we love…

Various options for narrative formation.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to choose/skip topics or make your own, option to record speeches for review, a junior version of the app.

Summary

A public speaking board game that presents lots of possibilities in practicing expressive language and narratives. Particularly useful for older children or adult clients in speech therapy.

Our Rating

Rhetoric Public Speaking Game is an app developed by the creators of Rhetoric-The Public Speaking Game (John Zimmer and Florian Mueck). The original board game was released in 2012 and was a huge success. It was made to help those with a desire to increase public speaking skills. The creators have now released an app that reflects the benefits of the board game. The purpose of this review will be to write about how this app can be used by Speech Language Pathologists in therapy.

When I first looked at the app, my impression was that this is for much older players. The description was more about how to prepare for debates and public speaking engagements. As I explored and played through, I realized that there are many ways to adapt it for practicing expressive language and narratives. The app needs to be monitored and set up by an adult, which is actually a good thing, as it encourages interactions between the clinician and the student.

Game play itself is relatively easy. The game can be played by 2 to 8 people at a time. A great feature is that the game supports multiple different languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan; with more languages to come). Default time is set to a minimum of 1 minute, but can be adjusted to 2 minutes. There are 2 styles to the game, competitive or not. In the competitive mode, the other players are the ones that determine the score. In therapy, this can be useful in teaching the kids how to give constructive criticism and even compliments.

Opening the app results in a black home page with no illustrations. 3 options are there: Rules, Play and About. Of course, it is really important to read the rules before even trying to play. If you go straight to play option, you will be lost. The rule section is long and somewhat complicated, as it explains each space on the game board. Right from this page, I knew that I would need to create a cheat sheet to have handy during play.

The game begins with an “audience” waiting to hear speeches. Each speaker has a marker, poised at the “entrance”. The players roll a dice, move to a space on the board, on which they are asked to participate in a speech task according to 4 categories – Topic, Challenge, Question, Reflection. The game continues until a player exits the “stage”.

When your marker lands on Topic, you pick a card that gives you the topic of your speech. Then you need to create your narrative to include one of 6 fields or tasks: Tell a story, Use a quote, Evoke the Senses, Draw an Analogy, Use Humor, Call to Action. Each of these is explained in the rules section (hence, the cheat sheet). If your marker stops at Challenge, you have to respond to that specific challenge (e.g. You are the host of a TV game show. Introduce the other players as the contestants).

When you land on Question, any player can ask you a question about anything and you have to structure your answer based on the result of your spin on the Wheel of Structure. Structures like ‘Good, Better, Best’; ‘Bad, Worse, Worst’; ‘Past, Present, Future’; ‘One, Two, Three’ and ‘Pros and Cons’ help you organize your thoughts and deliver an impressive speech. One last area is Reflection, where you can choose to talk about anything within the time limit.

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Once the game starts, it is pretty intuitive, with the speaker just having to tap a card to bring you to the next “task”. Card selection is random, so you never know what will pop up. Subjects range from appropriate for younger kids, to rather older in nature (speak about something in the room to deliver your own eulogy). It would be nice to be able to customize the cards for the target population. Once you are ready to speak, the timer is revealed and when speech is completed you tap the check mark to end your turn. Play continues with the next speaker.

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As you can see, once you are familiar with the different spaces on the board and the different tasks, the app can actually be a lot of fun. In therapy, I would delay the actual speaking part to help the student create a visual BrainFrame or use components of other narrative programs (SKILLS, SGM) to help organize thoughts and create a narrative. I would also limit the tasks that they can choose from, to make it more appropriate for the clients playing the game. An option that I would change to help with this idea, is to allow the speaker to use a field more than once. Recording the students while speaking would also be a great asset to therapy. The clinician can go back and review the elements of the narrative that were covered or missed.

Getting students to actually use expressive language in a structured activity is a difficult task at the best of times. The chance to incorporate this skill into a board game is an excellent addition to treatment. Students react well to electronics and the somewhat competitive board game nature of Rhetoric. There is also no real “judgements” made about the speech which is great.

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I can also see the validity of working with adult aphasia clients that have been in therapy for a while. They too would probably like the game nature of this app. I would think the stress level of having to create narratives will be lessened by having topics and structures presented to them. If possible, recording the narrative to go back and review would be great as well.

There are a lot of things I like about this app (if used with the right demographics). The different language options is for sure a really big plus. The multiple player setup is great for group sessions. The simple design of the board game makes it easy to play and allows the clients to move ahead towards the finish quickly. There are multiple different options for narrative formation. The non-competitive version of the game allows for excellent client feedback and gives the clinician lots of opportunities for direct teaching of narrative formation.

What I would like to see is the ability to choose the topics for the speeches or even to make your own. Another option is for the developers to make a junior version. That would be awesome!!!! I would like to be able to skip a card if it doesn’t seem appropriate. The developers have mentioned that more languages and specific theme topics are coming soon so then maybe then it will be easier to choose. I would also like to see an option to record the speeches to review later.

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Rhetoric Public Speaking Game

Rhetoric Public Speaking Game Rhetoric Public Speaking Game by John Zimmer
Category: Games, Education, Board
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 85.81 MB

$10.99USD

 

 

Lisa is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been working in an inclusive school system for over 32 years. She works with children that have issues in all areas of speech and language. She loves her work and is always looking for ways to integrate technology.


Smart Kids : White Siberia Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

Fun adventure, Naomi is a good role model for adventurous girls, good variety of  puzzles that  get you thinking.

What we’d love to see…

Faster load times of the videos, randomization of some puzzles

Summary

An old-fashioned adventure story combined with a board game and a series of fun and challenging games, an entertaining and engaging app for 7-12 year olds.

Our Rating

Smart Kids : White Siberia PREMIUM Puzzles & Adventures – Educational Games and Intelligent Thinking Activities to Improve Brain Skills for your Children, Family and SchoolSmart Kids : White Siberia is the first in a series of apps, from Spanish developer Barcelona Multimedia, featuring the adventures of Naomi and The Pilot (Mr Boris). It is a combination of adventure story, board game, puzzles and videos. It can be enjoyed in English, Spanish or Catalan, music and sound effects can be switched off in settings. The app also contains a parents/ educators guide which can be found in settings. The app is available as a free lite version with limited content, and a full premium version, this review is of the full version. It contains no adverts or in-app purchases.

The app has a very unusual format, it is in essence an adventure story, told as an animated video. The video is broken into 24 segments, each segment ends as Naomi and The Pilot run into a problem. The player is then presented with a game/ puzzle to solve in order to move on to the next part of the video. In each game the player has 3 lives, if they lose all 3 they get to repeat that game. If they fail it twice they can skip the game and move on to the next video. As they move through the games they collect keys that help to solve 4 coded messages. Between sections the player returns to a board game where Naomi moves around the Board. Each square on the board represents a game, and for each game players can earn a heart for completing that game without loosing a life, a clock for completing it within the time limit, and a lightbulb for picking up the key in that game. Players can always go back and replay games to earn symbols they missed the first time.

The story itself and the graphics really remind me of the classic TinTin comic books/ cartoons, it has that same nostalgic, rip-roaring adventure feel. Although Naomi and Mr Boris are the joint stars, Naomi is really the hero of the story – she may be a child but she is very level-headed and often takes the lead just as TinTin does. The puzzles/ games are a good mix, with lots of different types of challenges presented. Some of the games include: following a tangled rope to untie knots in order, a logic puzzle, memory match, questions testing the readers comprehension of the story,  a puzzle to discern left from right when pictures of the pilot are shown in various orientations, a circular spinning puzzle and a variety of coded messages.

The whole package is a very entertaining fun app, that also exercises the player’s brain cells – working on observation skills, memory, deduction, reasoning, orientation, comprehension and problem solving. I throughly enjoyed the app and look forward to the next in the series. My only complaints are that sometimes the videos can be a little slow to load, and although the games are complex to solve, the puzzles remain the same, so once the child has mastered them there is limited replay value. The app is designed for children from 6-12 years of age; my 7 and 10 year olds enjoyed it and I had fun with it too.

Smart Kids: White Siberia is an old-fashioned adventure story combined with a board game and a series of fun and challenging games, an entertaining and engaging app for 6-12 year olds.

Smart Kids : White Siberia PREMIUM Puzzles & Adventures – Educational Games and Intelligent Thinking Activities to Improve Brain Skills for your Children, Family and School – Barcelona Multimedia


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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Max’s Pirate Planet by Six Slant Games- Review



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What we love…

a board game without millions of pieces to lose

What we’d love to see…

option to have less than 4 characters play, more than one “girl themed” character

Summary

A board game in an app package, taking players through a pirate adventure complete with hidden treasures, pirate duels, and feisty sea monsters.

Our Rating

Max's Pirate Planet - A Board Game AdventureArrr Mateys! What happens when a board game collides with an app?  Max’s Pirate Planet that’s what! This app is a great game to have on the road or even just in the house. It has all the features of a board game (even a spinner) without the tiny pieces all over the place.

 

The app is compatible with iOS, Android, & Kindle Fire. We tested on the iPad and iPhone (we recommend using a stylus for more accuracy on the iPhone). Developers included a help icon that gives comprehensive directions to every aspect of the game. The object of the game is to find 4 hidden treasure chests that hold map pieces to Barnacle Bill’s hoard of gold and then to defeat Barnacle Bill to get his treasure. The game is set up for 1 to 4 players; with computerized players if less than 4 live players. It would be nice to have an option of only two or three players as it seemed to take awhile to cycle through all of the computerized character turns (although my lassies enjoyed playing against the computer and even “ganged up” on the computer). Players duel against each other to take away treasures or players fight sea creatures defending treasure chests. Seven mini games within the app keep users engaged/intrigued, all the while working on eye hand coordination, fine motor control, and motor planning/timing.

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Kraken Whackin’ – whacking down sea monster’s tentacles

Whalin’ Sailing – navigating a pirate ship through obstacles and a whale

Goin’ Batty – tapping spell casting bats

Swattin’ Spiders – tapping attack spiders

Swingin’ Swords – swiping swords according to directional arrows

Creakin’ Cannons – tapping canons as their fuses are lit

Barnacle Bill Bowlin’ – flicking cannon balls to first destroy piles of gold and then to knock Barnacle Bill down too

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Max’s Pirate adventure has detailed graphics and pirate themed music/sounds (with options to turn on/off) that are kid friendly and keep pirate mateys wanting more yo-ho-ho! A lite version is available that gives you the chance to try it before you buy it. The app is very kid friendly with no in app purchases or external links, although there is the option to share achievements with friends via email or text messages using the contact list linked to the device. There’s also an option to challenge friends via text/email, although, we were not able to get this feature to work. The games have the children working on hand eye co-ordination and practicing their swiping skills ad reaction speeds.

 

For those wanting more piratese, there’s even a Max’s Pirate Planet community on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter linking to everything pirate! The game is rated for 4+ years, but my three-year-old tester was eager to play with her sisters. She needed a little help moving along the globe accurately and understanding the duels, but once she got it she sent the rest of us walking off the plank. Max’s Pirate Planet actually had my girls working together with the iPad vs. fighting over who’s turn it was to have the iPad – leaving this parent saying “Shiver me timbers!”

 

 

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"Marica is a married mother of three girls (ages 3, 7, and 9). She works as a school based occupational therapist in Northwest Ohio servicing children with unique needs from ages 3 -22. In her free time ☺ she enjoys learning and exploring with her loving family.


Chekked by Apped -Review



 

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What we love…

A fun new board game to get your brain working. Similarities to checkers and chess, but easier to learn than chess, and more complex strategies than checkers. Different opponents and difficulty levels make it suitable for a range of ages.

What we’d love to see…

Ability to play real-life opponents, more explanation of the  QScoring.

Summary

A really fun new games for the whole family. Try it you’ll get hooked! Highly recommended and a steal at it’s current price of 99c !

Our Rating

 

Chekked

Chekked by Apped is an iPad only app. It is a new board game that takes elements from Chess and Checkers and combines them to create a whole new game. The app teaches you the fundamentals of the game and then you can play against your choice of six different opponents who all have different playing styles. The app contains no adverts, in-app purchases, social media links or external links.

To start playing Chekked you first need to press the “Help” button which takes you to the tutorial which explains how to play and introduces you to the rules of the game.

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The board is like a Checkers (or draughts as we call it in the UK) board – each person starts with 12 white or black pieces.

You can move each piece diagonally – forwards or backwards. The number on the piece shows the maximum no of squares it can move in one turn.

If you move on top of your own pieces they are stacked and their values added e.g. a 1+1 = a 2

You capture an opponent’s piece by landing on it (you do NOT jump over it, but land directly on it).

If the piece you capture has a higher value  then your piece takes on that value e.g. if a white 1 captures a black 3 the white piece becomes a 3.

When you reach the far side of the board your piece becomes a king and can move in ANY direction including onto white squares.

To win capture all your opponents pieces.

To play you set up your own player profile with your name and choice of 9 avatars, and you choose which one of six opponents you want to play. The 6 opponents – Adam, Eve, Betsy, Bruni, Al and Sarah all have different playing styles so different tactics are needed to beat them. You can choose to play in easy, medium or hard modes. Each time you touch a piece your possible moves are highlighted in red.

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I’ve been learning to play Chekked! with my nine-year-old son, taking turns to play a game then watching the other play and offering advice and encouragement. We have had a lot of fun learning this new game together, and it is a new favorite iPad activity. Once you get the hang of its strategies, it is really fun and challenging, we’ve even got my husband hooked on playing it now too! I like that there are different difficulty levels, and that the opponents have different playing styles. I find some opponents much more of a challenge to beat than others. As well as winning or loosing a game, you also score QPoints (the tutorial says you earn points for moves, capturing opponents and winning games but does not fully explain the scoring system). Your best QScores are listed in the game scoreboard, and you can compete with others to see who gets the best score. I would like to see a page that explains in detail how the scoring works, and other details of the game. One thing I would really like to see added in a future update is the option is play another real-life opponent locally on the iPad instead of just playing the in-built opponents. Now we’ve learned how to play I’d love to challenge my husband or son to a game!

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Overall, if you like playing board games such as chess or checkers (draughts) this is a fun new game to try.  It has similarities to checkers and chess, but it is easier to learn than chess and requires more complex strategies than checkers. Different opponents and difficulty levels make it suitable for a range of ages. Myself, my nine year-old son and my husband are all hooked!  I would recommend it for elementary school age children up to adults (I’m planning to introduce it to my two kindergarteners too). Highly recommended and a steal at it’s current price of 99c!

 

Chekked
Chekked
by Apped

Category: Games, Family, Education, Board
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 4.74 MB

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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