iPads are wonderful and the amazing array of apps is dizzying. Nonetheless, apps are significantly less robust than full blown software. So, here we are, back in the sandbox, pulling in the best ideas from one app to supplement the fabulous ideas of another. A little enthusiasm and app switching savvy and we have therapy activities that are more meaningful and motivating than if we only used one app at a time the way nature (or the developer) intended. Something like this bunny dog who will sit on command and go for walks with you but doesn't bark or bite. And must be potty trained. The best of all worlds.
- Increase motivation! Some of our apps are simply fun to play. Once a child loves a particular app, just adding the images of the app into another more, eh hem, educational app, makes the app more motivating. All you have to do to get a screen shot is click your Home Button and the Power Button on top of the iPad at the same time and it will snap an image of whatever is on the screen. Like these...
- Slow down the images so that you and the child have more time to talk specifically about the picture without the app charging ahead to the next action/picture/direction. There are some really nice images in apps that deserve a second or so to process and discuss before moving on to the next "clickable" option. At times, as quick as we therapists are, we're not faster than those little student fingers. Kids are great at changing pages before the pesky SLP can, good grief, talk about it.
I use this concept for YouTube videos as well. Those little jokers go by super fast and there are ALL of those "suggested" (and sometimes "suggestive") videos to grab attention. Figure out what video is a favorite and just snap a few screen shots of it to drop into another app.
- Reinforce a concept introduced in one app by elaborating on it with another app
I'm definitely not done with this idea. I've been scanning all my older, but still amazing materials books onto my iPad , with the FasterScan HD app, coloring them in with HELLO Crayon app (thanks to suggestions from the Twitterverse) and saving them into Dropbox app so I can whip them out at a moments notice for therapy, to print out for homework or to share with my therapists. So much you can do with that silly little iPad!