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Speaking of Apps

So Many Choices, So Little Time, Part 2

Published November 5, 2014 5:34 PM by Lynn LaValley
BITSBOARD is unique app which allows its user to play 18 mini-games.  At the low cost of free, it's a gem! Bitsboard has a large catalog of content which was created by fellow SLPs, teachers, and/or parents.  It is easy to create and customize boards, as well as share with anyone via the Bitsboard catalog.  This post is the continuation of Part 1, and will review games 10-18. 

Bitsboard Games are as follow:

10. Word Search- the user attempts to find all the words based on the clues that are provided via pictures, audio, or full sentences.  This game is highly customizable, and the programmer can specify the number of words to display. This game has "tile magnets" which can be turned off so that the user will have to release the tile above the correct answer, and the tiles will no longer snap into the correct answer tile.  The programmer can also set the directions of the target words (i.e. horizontal, vertical, diagonal, etc.).  As with many of the Bitsboard games, session length can be adjusted, as well as the sequence of items, and the progression of the game.

11.  Spelling Bee- this will assist in the acquisition of spelling, as well as navigating the keyboard.  Kids are very motivated by this game because they are provided with instant feedback to correct mistakes and see checkmarks when corrected.  The programmer can control setting options such as spelling order, session length (i.e. between 1 and 20 items per round),and rounds can be set as continuous play, or interrupted by a scorecard. As with all games, the sequence can be programmed to appear in alphabetical or random order, or in the order entered.  The progression of the game can also be customized so that the game will automatically advance to the next screen after each correct answer, or manual so that the user has to click on the next button to advance. 

12. Bingo- what kid doesn't love this game? This game allows for multiple users (up to 4 players).  Settings include control over number of items and text only (which creates a reading game).

13. Reader- This game helps young readers because, in lieu of hearing an audio prompt, the user sees a label which they have to find. (If help is needed, the user can click on the speaker icon and hear the audio stimulus.)  A great feature is the adjustment of difficulty based on the user's skill.  For example, if the user gets two correct answers, the game automatically gets more difficult, but if two wrong answers are provided, the game gets easier by showing less photos.  Image numbers and audio hints are all customizable, as well as session length and the sequence of items. 

14. Photo Hunt- this game is similar to Bingo.  The user has one chance to find the correct answer.  The programmer can set the maximum number of images to display, as well as turn on or off the text only setting. 

15. Story Time- creates stories to be shared.  The options include to display the page number, provide audio feedback, read to the player, or swipe to advance.  Furthermore, the sequence of information can be set as alphabetical, random, or in the order entered. 

16. Side by Side- this game presents two cards side by side, which makes it great for teaching concepts (e.g. opposites).  This allows for the programmer to display either both text and images, or two images per page.  Again, the sequence of items presented is customizable.

17. Odd One Out- this game has the user find the one item that does not belong as it compares bits from two boards at the same time (i.e. 3 items from one board, and 1 from another).  Bitsboard recommends using boards in Collections to create the best learning experience.  Audio prompts are available in this game.

18. Sort It- much like Odd One Out, this game compares bits across 2-5 different boards, and the user must figure out how to sort the items.  (Again, using boards in Collections is recommended.) Games with Sort It include sorting by related items, category by starting sound, and sort items by numbers.  Like all games, this game is fully customizable with number of items, hints, display options, session length, sequence, and progression.

I hope you take the time to explore this app and have enjoyed this two-part series. As I previously said, kids love this app because everything feels like a game, and SLPs love it because the possibilities are endless. 

posted by Lynn LaValley


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