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The free version of LinguaPix is now available

Free version of LinguaPix in iPad

Expressive Solutions LLC is pleased to announce that the free version of LinguaPix is now available for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/linguapix/id694730835?mt=8&at=10lcso. LinguaPix is an engaging iPad app for individuals to practice expressive language skills in three activities: Flashcards, Matching, and Pick or Spin. In the activities, users practice naming, describing, formulating sentences, and more. The free version of LinguaPix includes the Health and Safety deck, which has 77 cards with real photographs depicting nouns and verbs. LinguaPix has the following 14 additional decks available as in-app purchases: Animals, Around the House, Body Parts, Clothing, Cooking and Cleaning, Food and Drink (a-m), Food and Drink (n-z), Hygiene and Personal Care, Occupations and People, School, Sports and Recreation, Tools, Toys and Games, and Travel and Transportation. Overall, LinguaPix has 15 decks with an average of 70 cards per deck and a total of 1,035 cards.

If you like LinguaPix, please rate and review it on the iTunes App Store.
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LinguaPix - Full was released

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My company, Expressive Solutions LLC, is pleased to announce the release of LinguaPix - Full for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/linguapix-full/id701111984?mt=8. LinguaPix - Full is an engaging iPad app for individuals to practice expressive language skills in three activities: Flashcards, Matching, and Pick or Spin. In the activities, users practice naming, describing, formulating sentences, and more. Users interact with real photos from 1 or more of the 15 decks in categories such as Health and Safety, Toys and Games, and Tools.

Device Requirements
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or higher
* 95.4 MB

Pricing and Availability
LinguaPix - Full 1.0.0 is available on the iTunes App Store in the Education category for an introductory price of $29.99 (USD).

For more information, visit the LinguaPix page at http://expressive-solutions.com/linguapix/.
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Introduction to LinguaPix

blogEntryThumbnailCheck out this introductory video for LinguaPix, my company’s upcoming iPad app for Expressive Language.

The introductory video provides an overview of LinguaPix, including how to get started with adding a user and implementing the user in the Flashcards activity. In the Flashcards activity, you will learn how to navigate the tasks (Say It, Repeat It, Expand It, Describe It) and features.

Please note that we're hoping to release LinguaPix around the time of the 2013 ASHA Convention, which is scheduled for Nov. 14 - 16.


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LinguaPix - Upcoming expressive language app

blogEntryThumbnailMy company, Expressive Solutions, and I have been working hard for the last several months on an expressive language app we're calling LinguaPix. We are currently in the final testing phase in preparation of submitting the app to the iOS App Store. To learn more about LinguaPix, check out the updated website page, which has information and screenshots to get you up-to-speed on our exciting new app!

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ArtikPix 2.5 Update

blogEntryThumbnailArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full version 2.5 were released today as free updates. Here's a list of the new features:
  • Deck sharing feature for users with all of the decks. If you have the full version or all of the decks in the free version of ArtikPix, you can now share custom decks via email attachment or iTunes File Sharing.
  • Bug fixes related to the Create module
  • If you like the new features, please leave a comment on the iOS App Store listing for ArtikPix. If you have feedback, please email support@expressive-solutions.com.
Below is a video tutorial showing how easy it is to share custom decks in ArtikPix. Note that when sharing a custom deck, the deck can be accessed on any iOS device (e.g., iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) that has ArtikPix with all of the decks. After a little bit of experience with the ArtikPix sharing feature, you will realize the possibilities of sharing a custom deck to colleagues, parents, and even among your own iOS devices.




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Mr. Potato Head app tops the list of things I recently learned

blogEntryThumbnailAfter finishing a round of trainings in May with a two-day stint in New York and two Ablenet webinars, I have thought about what I learned. Here are just a few things gleaned from the preparation and audience participation:
  • There’s a visual timer in the built-in iPad Clock app
  • Books made in the Book Creator iPad app are best viewed in the iBooks app
  • In the built-in Photos iOS app, re-order an image/video thumbnail by tapping the Edit button, then dragging the thumbnail to a desirable location.
But, above all, the coolest thing I learned about was the Mr. Potato Head iOS app. It’s a free universal app (with a $.99 in-app purchase for removing ads) that allows you to choose a theme and a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head. It is so neat! You get to drag and drop the body parts, which almost seems easier than interacting with a traditional Mr. Potato Head. And the best part, in my humble opinion, is that you’ll never lose another Mr. Potato Head piece ever again! To learn more, check out the video below from CrazyMikesapps.

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Story app

blogEntryThumbnailYesterday, Disney announced a new iPhone app called Story. Story is a free storytelling app that allows you to add text and a theme to a collection of your photos and/or videos. After you’re done with your story, you can share it via email or Facebook. The recipient of your story is then able to view it on the app’s website.

I like the Story app because it has a clean design and is easy to use. However, I do have a few requests to make the app even better for everyone (including individuals with special needs):
  • iPad version
  • Record audio
  • Select text to speak with highlighting
  • VoiceOver accessibility for the in-app help and images in stories



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iPad Secrets app

blogEntryThumbnail Last week, I posted about training beginning iPad users and creating a tutorial for them. Shortly after posting, one of my blog subscribers emailed me about an app, iPad Secrets ($.99), which has tips and tricks for using the iPad. Well, I got a chance to download the app, and I have to say that it provides a lot of great information in an easy to understand manner. I liked the app so much that I’m planning to use it as part of trainings next week in New York. Thank you to Paula M. for suggesting this app to me!

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Gerty Makes a New Friend

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Gerty Makes a New Friend
Author: Written by Vicki Sailers, read by Eric Sailers
Story Description: After being scared at first, Gerty becomes friends with a spider.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Gerty

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3 ways to use the ArtikPix video camera

blogEntryThumbnailThe latest versions of ArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full 2.41 for iPhone and iPad include a video camera feature that can be used in multiple ways to aid children during speech sessions. Here is a quick guide for three easy ways to use the video camera in ArtikPix:

1. Use it as a mirror

The video camera can easily be used as a mirror to allow a child to view his/her mouth movements during speech productions. Simply activate the video camera by tapping the camera button (in Flashcards or Matching); there is no need to press the record button. When you’ve finished practicing, tap the Cancel button to get back into ArtikPix.

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2. Record a video and play it without saving

It’s easy to record speech productions for immediate review. After tapping the camera button (in Flashcards or Matching), tap the record button (once to record and a second time to stop), then the play button to preview the video. You can continue to record over each video by tapping the Retake button. For users who choose to preserve storage space on their iOS device, ArtikPix does not require you to save each video. Just tap the Cancel button to return to ArtikPix.

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3. Save a video for later review

Of course, you can also save videos from ArtikPix to access later in order to track and share student progress. Once you have recorded a video (in Flashcards or Matching), tap the Use button to save the video. A prompt will appear in ArtikPix to save the video to your iOS device Camera Roll. You can choose to play the video by tapping the play button in ArtikPix, or by accessing your Camera Roll via the Photos app. Saved videos can be emailed from the Camera Roll by tapping Edit, choosing the video, then tapping the Share button and Mail.

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Using the video camera in ArtikPix is easy and there are multiple possibilities for incorporating it in speech sessions.
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ArtikPix 2.4 Update

blogEntryThumbnailUpdate: ArtikPix 2.41 update is now available with fixes for crash bugs. If you own the app, please update via the App Store Updates tab.

ArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full version 2.4 were released today as free updates. Here's a list of the new features:
  • iPhone 5 support
  • Enhanced design for increased user friendliness
  • Configurable option for word and sentence level in flashcards
  • Target word is now underlined at the sentence level in flashcards
  • Video recording feature that allows you to save videos
  • If you have all of the decks, you can create your own decks and cards. Use a photo or one of the nearly 2,000 illustrations.
  • iOS 5.0+ support. Install this update only if you have iOS 5.0 or higher.
  • Bug fixes
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If you like the new features in
ArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full 2.4, please rate and review the apps on iTunes. If you have feedback, please email support@expressive-solutions.com.

If you want to learn more about ArtikPix, please check out the new Expressive Solutions website at
http://expressive-solutions.com/artikpix.html.

Note that Eric Sailers is a co-creator of ArtikPix, which was previously sold under RinnApps. In 2012, ArtikPix was migrated to a company called Expressive Solutions, which is now owned and operated by Eric Sailers.
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StoryPals free download - Monkey's Tail Tale

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Monkey’s Tail Tale
Author: Written by Brooke Folk, read by Eric Sailers
Story Description: Monkey and Mouse have an interesting chat about each other’s perspectives.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, Where, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

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ArtikPix 2.4 video preview

A major update for ArtikPix version 2.4 is coming soon! Get a preview of the new features by viewing the video below. If desired, you can configure the video for HD and/or captions.


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StoryPals free download - Lighter than Air

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Lighter than Air
Author: Written by Uncle Brooke, read by Kelly Sailers
Story Description: Tina eats sandwiches in hopes they’ll make her fly. But, flying is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Lighter than Air

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StoryPals free download - Bee the Difference

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Bee the Difference
Author: Written by Uncle Brooke, read by Eric and Kelly Sailers
Story Description: After a bad dream, Beeware wakes up to his sister laughing at him. Then, his sister, Beehappy, points out a lesson that Beeware has learned.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Bee the Difference

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StoryPals free download - Trick or Treat Safely

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Trick or Treat Safely
Author: Eric and Kelly Sailers
Story Description: Pete reminds Joey that they need to think about safety when trick or treating.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, Where, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

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StoryPals - Basic is now available

blogEntryThumbnailStoryPals - Basic is now available on the App Store for $9.99. The difference between StoryPals and StoryPals - Basic is that the basic version does not have text-to-speech (aka synthesized speech) with word highlighting. Although stories in the basic version can be read aloud with recorded audio, they are not read using text-to-speech with word highlighting. Similarly, quiz questions and answer choices in the basic version are not read aloud with text-to-speech.

StoryPals - Basic is a lower cost version of the original StoryPals. Other than the difference in price and text-to-speech, StoryPals - Basic has all the same features as StoryPals. You can still configure the text size, text justification, animations, quiz answer choices, and a lot more. Plus, you can share stories among users of StoryPals and StoryPals - Basic. For example, if you own StoryPals - Basic and your friend owns StoryPals, you and your friend can share stories across the different versions of the app. How cool is that?
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StoryPals free download - Where's Sally?

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Where’s Sally?
Author: Eric Sailers (read by Bob Schulze)
Story Description: Jerry tries to find Sally during a game of chase.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

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StoryPals free download - The Lonely Fish

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: The Lonely Fish
Author: Miss Speechie
Story Description: This story is about a fish that cannot find friends. It incorporates adjectives and other vocabulary words. It uses basic sequencing to help with comprehension.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 5 (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

The Lonely Fish

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StoryPals free download - Starry Night

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Starry Night
Author: Joel Nash
Story Description: Doug was eager to see a shooting star using his telescope.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 6 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Starry Night

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ArtikPix 2.3 updates include three new decks

blogEntryThumbnailArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full version 2.3 were released today as free updates. Here's a list of the new features:
  • Three new decks for w, y, and h sounds
  • Improved screen rotation
  • Bug fixes
If you like the new features in ArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full 2.3, please rate and review the apps on iTunes.
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StoryPals free download - Snorkeling Hare

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Snorkeling Hare
Author: Eric Sailers (read by Bob Schulze)
Story Description: Hare is snorkeling when he finds himself in need of help.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 6 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Snorkeling Hare

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StoryPals video tutorials

Below are StoryPals video tutorials that show how to comprehend, create, and share stories in the iPad app. The videos are fully accessible with captions that can be viewed in the YouTube players by clicking CC. You can also view the YouTube videos in HD and full-screen mode.





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2012 Closing the Gap Conference

blogEntryThumbnailI will be participating in the Closing The Gap Conference scheduled October 15-19, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you’re attending the conference, come see me at one or more of the following sessions:

Pre-conference session (Must register in advance here)
PC-3 Preconference hands-on iPad workshop (presented by Eric Sailers, Luis Perez, and Cathy Kingeter) - iCreate: Customizing iPad Content for Students with Special Needs. Monday, Oct 15 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Main conference sessions
Lab by Eric Sailers, Mark Coppin, Cathy Kingeter, and Luis Perez - Using iPad Apps to Create Content for Students with Special Needs. Wed, Oct 17 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Session by Eric Sailers - StoryPals: iPad App for Story Comprehension. Thurs, Oct 18 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
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StoryPals free download - Feeling Green

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Feeling Green
Author: Jessica Chase
Story Description: Nadia is a little girl who is singing in a talent show. She accidentally gets green paint on her nose before going on stage, but learns in the end that it's okay to make mistakes.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 10 (Who, What, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Feeling Green

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StoryPals free download - The Great Magic Hat

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: The Great Magic Hat
Author: Joel Nash
Story Description: The story is about a magic baseball hat that a young boy, Sam, finds on the beach. He wishes for everyone to have fun everyday.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 6 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

The Great Magic Hat

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StoryPals 1.1 update released

blogEntryThumbnailStoryPals 1.1 was updated and the price was reduced from $24.99 to $14.99 (through Sept. 8th) for Back to School. After receiving great feedback from users, one of the major additions in this update is the voice recording feature. In the Included Stories, professional voice recordings are read aloud via the play button, and text-to-speech (TTS) is accessed by tapping the TTS button on the player. In My Stories, recording your voice is more intuitive. Plus, your voice recording is shared when emailing your story or using iTunes File Sharing.

Here's a list of all the new features in the StoryPals 1.1 update:
  • Professional narrations added to Included Stories
  • Improved voice recording feature for My Stories
  • Increased volume for animation sounds
  • Improved word highlighting
  • Improved spacing in stories
  • Added configurable option for edit mode
  • Added configurable option for displaying recording first in stories. When this option is turned off, the TTS displays first in stories.
  • Multi-select feature of illustration elements when creating My Stories
  • Text to Speech pronunciation improvements for a few titles in the Included Stories
  • Voice recordings for My Stories are now shared via email attachment or iTunes File Sharing
  • Bug fixes
If you like these new features in StoryPals 1.1, please rate and review the app in iTunes.

For information on how to use StoryPals, please refer to the in-app help tutorial.
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StoryPals free download - Windsor Castle

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Windsor Castle
Author: Eric Sailers
Story Description: This is an informational text about Windsor Castle in England.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 8 (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Windsor Castle

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StoryPals free download - Gaming Friends

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Gaming Friends
Author: Eric Sailers
Story Description: Doug finds a friend who likes the same game as him.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 10 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Gaming Friends

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Free story download for StoryPals

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: A Surprise Party for Mouse
Author: Kelly Sailers
Story Description: Mouse's friends want to throw him a surprise party for his seventh birthday. But, how will they manage to surprise him?
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 11 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

A Surprise Party for Mouse

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20 tips for getting started with StoryPals

blogEntryThumbnail1. Read one of 24 included stories by tapping the title in the Table of Contents on the home screen.
2. Using the animation hints (hands), interact with the illustration.
3. Tap the play button to read the story with text-to-speech (TTS) and word highlighting.
4. Tap the Rec. button, then the red circle to record your voice reading the story. Next, play it back.
5. Swipe from right to left on the bottom of the right page to interact with the next story.
6. Tap the Quiz button then New Student to setup a student for quizzes.
7. Choose the student and/or the Sample Student, then tap Begin for the quiz.
8. Take the quiz by tapping each question, followed by an answer choice then the Next button.
9. Tap Done if you want to exit the quiz before it's finished. Tap Done again to return to the story.
10. Tap the Options (gears button), then Visual. Next, adjust the Story Text Size and turn Justified Story Text OFF.
11. Go back to the first level of Options, then tap Audio to turn TTS OFF or to change Voices.
12. Exit the Options and tap the Table of Contents (to the right of the Options button), then tap New Story.
13. Create a new story with an image (via tapping the Image button and choosing illustration elements), title, and story text.
14. Tap Quiz and follow the directions to create quiz questions.
15. After you're finished creating the quiz, tap Done.
16. If you know someone with StoryPals, tap the Options and Share Stories to email your new story and quiz.
17. Visit http://ericsailers.com/blog.html to install (for free) a shared story with quiz in StoryPals.
18. After the story has been imported, go to My Stories in the Table of Contents, and tap on the story's title.
19. Interact with the story and illustration, then take the quiz.
20. Tap the Help (question mark button) to learn about several other features in StoryPals.
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Eric Sailers LLC releases StoryPals for iPad

blogEntryThumbnailPress Release
StoryPals for iPad is a robust, fun-filled story comprehension application for children. StoryPals provides a user-friendly experience for children to practice listening and reading comprehension independently or in a small group. The app features reading supports and several configurable options that allow users to individualize the experience to meet a student’s specific needs.

San Diego, CA - July 3, 2012 - Eric Sailers LLC is pleased to announce the release of StoryPals for Apple iPad. StoryPals is an engaging story comprehension app with 24 original, whimsical stories designed to help children practice listening and reading comprehension. Each included story is accompanied by a 10 question quiz featuring WH questions. Utilizing colorful graphics with animations, the app is highly interactive and engaging. Bridget Gilormini, a speech-language pathologist, said, "It is exciting to see an app for comprehension come to the market created by professionals with the background and experience to understand literacy and language."

StoryPals includes a number of features that make it user-friendly for both children and educators. Children will love the humorous characters and animations as they interact with the story text in a variety of ways. StoryPals allows the user to customize the experience, so a child can read independently, record his/her voice, or listen to the story using the highest quality text-to-speech with word highlighting available. Quizzes can be modified to allow for multiple students to take a quiz in the same setting, and to alter question types and the number of answer choices. Best of all, scores are automatically collected, saved, and easily exported outside the app so tracking student progress is simple. Speech-language pathologist Jenna Rayburn says, "StoryPals will be a great benefit to SLP's in school settings. Reading comprehension skills are so important in elementary aged students and StoryPals collects data from the SLP point of view!"

But, what happens when your students read all of the included stories? StoryPals has you covered! StoryPals allows you to create your own stories and quizzes to further meet student needs. Choose from included illustrations, build your own original images using illustration elements, or add a photo. With StoryPals, you are encouraged to create and share stories with your pals. Easily build a story library targeting the specific comprehension skills your students need. Or, have students create their own stories. Anything you create will have the same built-in supports for listening and reading comprehension, and the ability to collect scores for tracking student progress. Meg Wilson, a special education teacher said, "I am very excited to share StoryPals with fellow teachers, it is a wonderful app!"

Device Requirements
- iPad
- Requires iOS 4.0 or higher
- 401 MB

Pricing and Availability
- StoryPals 1.0.1 is available on the iTunes App Store for a promotional price of $14.99 on the first day of sale, then $24.99 thereafter.
- English
- StoryPals download link

Eric Sailers LLC is a company owned and operated by Eric Sailers, who creates mobile applications for Apple’s platforms. StoryPals was co-authored by Eric Sailers, a speech-language pathologist, and his wife, Kelly Sailers, who is a language arts teacher. Eric Sailers worked six years in a school district as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist. Although Eric no longer works for a school district, he continues to help children with special needs via private therapy and his apps.
Copyright (C) 2012 Eric Sailers LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

For more information, visit the StoryPals website at http://ericsailers.com/storypals.html.

Contact
Eric Sailers
Owner, Eric Sailers LLC
619-881-7495
eric@ericsailers.com
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Status of StoryPals

Recently, beta testing for StoryPals was completed. I really appreciate all the positive comments as well as constructive feedback received from beta testers. StoryPals will be a great story comprehension app thanks to feedback received during testing.

To help beta testers get started with StoryPals, I previously did a webinar on May 24th. I would like to now share the video recording below with everyone.

And in case you're wondering, StoryPals was submitted yesterday to Apple. When it's available on the iOS App Store, StoryPals will be offered at a TBD promotional price for the first day, then $24.99 thereafter. I'll provide more information around the time that the app is available.

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StoryPals announcement

I would like to announce my new app called StoryPals. StoryPals is a story comprehension app coming soon for iPad. Check out the video trailer below to get a first look. You can also learn more about StoryPals by visiting the website page at ericsailers.com/storypals.html.
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Featured App of the Week

blogEntryThumbnailI am honored to have ArtikPix featured as the app of the week on speechlanguageneighborhood.com. Amanda Backof, who runs the website, informed me yesterday of this honor. When you visit the home page of Speech Language Neighborhood, you will see ArtikPix featured. You will also see several free downloadable homework sheets for various sounds that coincide with the content in the ArtikPix iOS app. Since the last time I blogged about Amanda’s ArtikPix homework sheets, she has added practice materials for the following sounds: initial r, vocalic r, l blends, and s-blends. Plus, it’s my understanding that more ArtikPix homework sheets will be coming soon. So, please check out Speech Language Neighborhood this week while ArtikPix is featured!

Thanks to Amanda and Symbolstix for allowing personal use of these homework sheets. Under subscription terms, the homework sheets are not for re-sale.
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Apple education event

blogEntryThumbnailToday, Apple held an education event where three announcements were made: 1) An updated iBooks app for reinventing the textbook, 2) A brand new app called iBooks Author for anyone to easily create interactive books, and 3) An updated iTunes U for making it free and simple for anyone to take courses anywhere. I followed the event via live blogging on Engadget, and I’m going to summarize the first two announcements:

1) iBooks app for reinventing the textbook
The first announcement is regarding iBooks for reinventing the textbook. As students are beginning to use iPads, there are remarkable things happening. But, there are challenges in education including increased class sizes and reduced budgets. Nonetheless, Apple wants to help accelerate the use of iPads in education and make it even easier to integrate the iPad into the curriculum. They plan to do this for textbooks because they understand the problems with textbooks. Textbooks are heavy, they're expensive, they wear out, and they’re not durable, interactive, searchable, or updatable. The iPad, however, is portable, more durable than paper, interactive, searchable, and current. And, until now, the main obstacle for the iPad as a textbook is the lack of content. Fortunately, the main textbook companies including Pearson, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have joined forces with Apple to create interactive textbooks that look great and are aggressively priced at $14.99 or less. As many of you know, textbooks can traditionally be very expensive, so $14.99 is quite a bargain. The major textbook companies are launching high school textbooks first for math and science. And, I can confirm there are titles available as of today. Just download the free iBooks app, then go to the iBooks store and download the free samples or the full books.

2) iBooks Author app for anyone to easily create free interactive books
The second announcement is regarding iBooks Author for anyone to easily create interactive books. Apple wants everyone to have the opportunity to create their own interactive books (not just the textbook companies), so there will be more book content available. Any Mac owner will be able to create interactive books using a Mac app called iBooks Author. This app is available for free today and is compatible with OS 10.7, Lion (if you don’t have 10.7, you must update your operating system in order to use the iBooks Author app). Traditionally, it’s hard to create books, but Apple is hoping to change that with iBooks Author. A number of templates are included in the app that can be used to help people get started. You’re able to use templates that include text (from a word processing file such as Word), photo, and video placeholders. You can also create cool interactions, but it appears you’ll need to know how to write code in Javascript and HTML. Before you finish your book, you can utilize an easy to create glossary tool. Finally, you’re easily able to do a preview on the iPad and then submit to the iBooks store for publishing.

Apple ended the education event by discussing research showing that student achievement is largely based on student engagement. It looks like Apple is going to facilitate student engagement with their two iBooks initiatives. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
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ArtikPix 2.2 adds landscape mode

blogEntryThumbnailArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full version 2.2 were updated prior to the holidays. The major new feature is landscape mode for iPad, which was heavily requested by users. Version 2.2 also adds a feature to the matching activity that involves pressing the Done button after all matches have been made. Users had also requested this feature for enabling more practice at the end of matching, particularly when the configurable option of Hide Matched Cards is turned OFF. If you like these new features in ArtikPix and ArtikPix - Full 2.2, please rate and review the app on iTunes.

On behalf of Eric Sailers and RinnApps, thank you to all ArtikPix users. We appreciate receiving feedback to make ArtikPix a leading speech articulation app. We’re looking forward to working more with users in 2012. Happy Holidays!
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NY Times article regarding apps for autism

blogEntryThumbnailYesterday, the New York Times ran an article about the iPad and apps for autism. I was proud to see that my blog, slpsharing.com, was mentioned in the company of other great websites. It's an honor to know that people look at my blog and resources to learn about apps for autism and special needs.
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Homework sheets for ArtikPix

blogEntryThumbnailAmanda Backof, Speech-Language Pathologist who runs speechlanguageneighborhood.com, has created homework sheets for ArtikPix. The sheets can be downloaded on her website at http://www.speechlanguageneighborhood.com/articulation/. I also thought I would provide the download links here to the homework sheets:

Initial/Medial/Final P
Initial/Medial/Final B
Initial/Medial/Final F
Initial/Medial/Final K
Initial/Medial/Final G
Initial/Medial/Final S
Initial/Medial/Final Z

The downloadable documents are available as of 11.17.11. Check Amanda’s website in the future for updates. She is planning to add more homework sheets.

Terms of use stated by Amanda: Thanks to Symbolstix for allowing us to make these available for personal use [not for re-sale] under the terms of our subscription.
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App Gap

blogEntryThumbnailI was asked to share a link to an article titled 15 Telling Facts About the App Gap: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2011/11/14/15-telling-facts-about-the-app-gap/. The "App Gap" refers to children of low socioeconomic status who do not have access to mobile devices and apps. Affluent children who have more access to apps might be receiving a more enriching learning environment. I believe that there's likely truth to this notion, however the article proceeds to explain that more time with apps can be harmful to child development and learning. Harmful, huh? That's pretty strong language which I question.

In the article, apps are consequently compared to TV and DVDs, a comparison which I disagree with. I feel that apps provide active learning environments vs. passive environments provided by TV shows and DVD movies. Due to the various interactions in apps (e.g., tapping, dragging, shaking, tilting, etc.), children immerse themselves in very enriching learning environments. This rings especially true for many disabled children who prefer to read and write with technology including mobile devices due to the motivating platform, not to mention built-in supports.

Although I don't agree with everything in this article, I still wanted to share a link to it because it does pose food for thought. It provides some interesting ideas to consider when determining the use of mobile devices and apps with children.
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New AssistiveWare video for an Introduction to Pictello


I want to share a new AssistiveWare video for Pictello, the storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We created an Introduction to Pictello video divided in three chapters: playing a sample story, creating a story, and importing a story. Learn how to utilize all of the story features via demonstrations in the iOS simulator. The video is fully accessible with captions that can be viewed either in the YouTube player below (click CC) or on the Pictello website. You can also view the YouTube videos in HD and full-screen mode.

Disclosure: I do work for AssistiveWare and I am the author of this Introduction to Pictello video.
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My path to working from home - Part 2: Apptastic therapy - “When we ask for something, we say ‘please’”

blogEntryThumbnailWorking with Proloquo2Go was the first experience I had that showed me the power of using apps. Although there weren't any other special needs apps on the market for iOS devices, there were reading, music, writing and math apps that my students with special needs could use. I was amazed to see how engaged my students were by the apps. They learned much more because the fun involved with these apps encouraged more learning. I could see that that the apps were going to completely change the way that education was delivered to students with special needs. The iOS touchscreen had incredible sensitivity in such a low cost device. It was head and shoulders above anything else available on the market for special needs. I could see that the field of special education was going to change forever.

One of the first apps I used with my students (other than Proloquo2Go) was Wheels on the Bus. The app is a musical book which involves the bus in fun, interactive pages as the classic song is played. Just like a traditional book, I realized that I could use the app for language therapy. The first time I used Wheels on the Bus with my preschool and kindergarten groups, they were immediately engaged and more interested in the speech therapy I was delivering. Using the app, I could target the expansion of sentences, grammatical structures, social language, and more. For an example of social language, there is an instance in the app when a frog swipes a cupcake from the chef without asking. I used this as an opportunity to model social language by demonstrating how to ask politely when you want something: “When we ask for something, we say ‘please’.” I would follow up by asking my students, “What do we say when we want something?” in order to elicit the response “please.” Since many of the skills contained in my students’ IEP goals could be addressed in a fun, effective way with the use of apps, I saw great value in using them. It was amazing to see the difference this cutting edge technology was making for my students.

I began wondering if the delivery of intervention could entirely involve apps. I started using other apps for reading and writing and then Proloquo2Go was released in the spring of 2009. After that, many types of special needs apps followed. There were apps for organization including reward charts; apps for dictating speech to text; and several augmentative communication apps to follow Proloquo2Go. I learned about as many apps as I could and I used them with as many students that I could to meet their IEP goals.

One of the first special needs apps I used was iReward. iReward is a visual chart that reinforces positive behaviors using rewards. For example, a star chart could be configured in the app so the child receives a toy after performing a set of positive behaviors. One of the charts I created for a student with autism was a star chart for remaining seated. He took to the app immediately and it definitely motivated him to successfully remain seated without much prompting from me. Although he couldn’t use too many words to express himself, his fingers on the iPod touch and his eye gaze told me what I needed to know: he wanted to use the device to achieve his goal. I hadn’t seen that level of interest from him previously with a standard paper chart.

After trying different apps with my students, I noticed they were increasingly more attentive. As a result, they would practice more and I was able to see progress a lot faster. Taking into account their tremendous interest and progress, I began gravitating away from all of the traditional therapy materials including traditional flashcards, paperback books, games, etc. and really focused on exploring the possibility of app-based therapy.

As my knowledge base of apps grew, I began to seek out ways to share my experience and tips with other speech-language pathologists and professionals. It seemed people were interested in using apps, but didn’t quite know how to approach them. So, I started speaking about apps and my experiences using them in therapy, and this led me in an unexpected direction.

Click here to view part 1 of "My path to working from home"
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My path to working from home - Part 1: Beta testing Proloquo2Go

blogEntryThumbnailPrior to working from home, I began constructing the groundwork a while ago. And I didn’t even know it at the time. Back in the winter of 2008, I got involved in testing Proloquo2Go (an augmentative communication app for iOS devices) before the app’s release. I became a beta tester along with one of my students who has augmentative communication needs.  Once my student started using Proloquo2Go on an iPod Touch, I began to think about how an app could completely change not only my student’s life, but also my life as a speech-language pathologist. I soon realized that I could use iOS apps to facilitate communication for my students.

When testing Proloquo2Go with my student, I saw that it was a very sophisticated, yet easy-to-use solution via a mobile device. It had a lot of features while the interface was very user friendly. Additionally, the mobility factor was very important for this particular student because he walks and needs to communicate wherever he goes. The AAC device he had at the time was bulky and thus limiting communication to a tabletop. Proloquo2Go with an iPod touch, on the other hand, could go with him anywhere, whether the device was in his pocket or attached to a lanyard around his neck.

I recall one day I wanted my student to use Proloquo2Go at recess with general education peers. I took him to the playground and he wanted to play soccer. Since he had an iPod touch with a protective case, I figured why not. If it would allow him to interact with students beyond his special education classroom, I was all for it.

During the soccer game, my student ran after the ball as his iPod touch with Proloquo2Go was attached to his neck with a lanyard. The general education students approached him with great interest. They wanted to know how it was possible to use the cool device to communicate. With some assistance from me, my student was able to show them by asking questions and making comments. The students were very patient in waiting for him to communicate. I was highly impressed to see the conversational exchange between them. Plus, it was amusing to see how many of the students became more interested in my student and his “talker” than in playing soccer. It was something I had never seen before and it gave me chills that ran up my spine.

This experience with Proloquo2Go was the catalyst for further exploration of apps to use with my students.  My life was about to take an exciting turn as I entered a new chapter in my career.
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1Password: Making my online life easier and more secure

blogEntryThumbnailFor a fairly long time, I have heard about the 1Password app, which involves the use of one master password for all your online passwords. I’ve read claims that 1Password will make your online life much easier and more secure. The reason is that the app automatically fills login information with a highly secure password unique to the given site. I hemmed and hawed about purchasing the app for a while, mostly because of the price: $39.99 for a single Mac license. I finally gave in and I'm very happy that I did.

About a week ago, I finally purchased 1Password for the Mac. Once I downloaded the desktop app, I investigated the 1Password extension for browsers because it appeared that the extension would be the best way to use the app for website logins. So, I downloaded the extension for main browsers including Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome. The extension enables a handy auto-save login that pops up after you create or use a website username and password. The auto-save login automatically fills in your information, then you just need to click a button to save it. Plus, the saved information is automatically saved to the desktop app and the extension downloaded across all browsers.

I immediately began using the 1Password extension on website logins for email, bank accounts, social media, product registrations, and more. Although I experienced some difficulty with changing existing passwords on websites, the app easily handled the creation of a new username and password. I typed a username and I used the password generator to generate a very secure password unique to the given site. The password generator provided passwords as a random string of lengthy numbers and letters (e.g., 15 characters long).

In addition to storing login information, 1Password can store your identity comprising personal and business profiles, and wallet information including your Social Security number, passport, and bank accounts. 1Password is highly secure so you don't have to worry about your confidential information being leaked. Your confidential information is encrypted by your master password; just remember to use a strong master password. When you walk away from your computer, you can manually lock your data or set an automatic lock that occurs after a selected period of time (e.g., 1 min. of computer inactivity).

Finally, I purchased the universal iOS app, 1Password Pro, which works very well with the Mac app. Using a local WiFi network, I easily synced my 1Password information from the computer to my iOS devices. So far, the Mac and iOS apps have been great. I can easily say that 1Password is making my online life easier and more secure.
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Using Dragon Dictation to hopefully blog more

blogEntryThumbnailI want to start blogging more, but I feel like I need some help. Since I enjoy helping myself independently, at least initially, I found that using the Dragon Dictation app (iTunes link) on my iPhone is easier for me to begin the writing process. At times, it’s difficult for me to begin typing what’s on my mind. When that occurs, I find myself avoiding the task all together. So, I’m hopeful that speaking my thoughts first will improve the writing process for me, and ultimately allow me to blog more.

With the Dragon Dictation app, I first record my voice, then the app performs a voice to text transcription. Subsequently, the transcription is available for exporting options. I prefer the copy option for copying the text to an email in separate parts. Usually, I can't say everything I want for a blog in a single recording because the Dragon app stops recording after about 30 seconds. So, when I want to compose a blog beginning with Dragon, I’ve found that I need to record myself in at least two parts.

After I record one part of the blog posting in Dragon Dictation, I copy the text and paste it in an email on my iPhone. Then, I return to the Dragon app to record again. Once the recording is done, I copy the new text and paste it in the same email. I continue this process as long as necessary. When I’m done with the process, I email the text to myself. Finally, I edit the text in a word processing document on my computer and paste the edited text in a WordPress post for publishing.
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