Exploration of Apps and Other Resources for Supporting Language and Literacy in Young Children

Led by Beth Poss, Coordinator at Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program (MCITP), Montgomery County Public Schools, MD, this webinar explored developmentally appropriate apps and other media resources that support the development of language and literacy in young children in alignment with best practices in media use of young children.




- [Voiceover] All right, welcome everybody. Welcome to the CTD Learning Center webinar with Beth Poss, Exploration of Apps and Other Resources for Supporting Language and Literacy in Young Children. I'm gonna pass it up to Beth and she can get started. Thank you everyone for attending.

- [Voiceover] Hi, everybody. How are you today? I hope I have, I think I see some familiar names that were around last week. I'm excited that you decided that it was worth coming back for. We're going to be talking today about apps and other resources for supporting language and literacy. I am really excited that you guys are all here. We will go ahead and get ourselves started. I'm just arranging a little something on my screen that I'm having some trouble accessing consistently. I just wanna remind everybody there's a couple of links that are on the, you should be able to see the web links that are on the side.

So all of the apps that I am referring to are on my Pinterest page. All of the articles or resources or research that I refer to either this week or last week or next week for that matter are all on the dego page that's linked there. You should be able to get to any of those things at any time. With that being said, I'll go ahead and start moving us along. At the end of the webinar there's going to be a brief survey. If you would like a certificate of participation just make sure that you enter your email address at the end of the survey. It really helps both CTD and myself know what you like and what you don't like.

A question for everyone. I want you guys to think a little bit about how has technology impacted how you communicate and read over the last five years? So use the chat window and let me know. So I see Tammy's typing. Want today to be interactive. I'm gonna ask you guys to use the chat window a number of times. I hope you will be comfortable contributing because it definitely makes things a lot more fun. So I see people typing. Multiple of attendees are typing. I know... Let's see, Tammy says read on Kindle, communicate with text and cellphone, more Skype and saves time. Those are all things that you've done. Seems like everything is online.

I know I used to have rows and rows and rows of books, print books on my bookshelf. I'm a huge, huge reader. I now instead have them on my iPad. Maureen listens, reads via Kindle or listens via Audible. I love Audible, it's one of my favorites. Communicating online on Twitter and social media. Kim goes to a library a lot less. Bernadine checks some Facetime, uses a Nook. So things have changed like five years ago there was no iPad, believe it or not. iPad came out a little less than five years ago. While there might have been your iPods and you might have been listening, and you might have been doing some things, that was when the iPad came out. A lot of things have evolved with that.

Five years ago I'm not sure if I had a Twitter account. Kinda think, it was 2009. The way we as adult have really changed the way that we communicate and interact with literacy tools over the last five years. If you think about the population that we're talking about some of them were not even around five years ago. What they're being exposed to is much, much different than even children who might be 10 years old today, what they had from the very, very beginning. Books are still awesome and I still love to have books in print. I love them, too. I love not having to hold them. I love being able to prop up a book. My carpal tunnel wrist appreciate the way that I'm able to read on my iPad instead.

That's just sort of to frame today's conversation, that things have changed a lot in the world of communication and the world of how we interact with print resources or text-based resources in the last few years. Today we are going to explore a variety of developmentally appropriate interactive apps that can be used to support communication and interactive language skills of young children. We're going to look at apps and media that support the development of early literacy, both reading and writing skills in young children and alignment with best practices. We're going to continue to talk about the difference between technology for enhancement of learning and assistive technology within that context of a universally design for learning early childhood environment, so some of the stuff that we're gonna do.

Last week we spent a lot of time, most of the time really talking about what makes an effective early childhood app. But I wanted to make sure to review that, that there might be some folks that weren't home on last week's webinar so that we're all kind of coming things from the same place. What I find it's really critical is that an app be open ended to support play and problem-solving, that it promotes literacy, language and vocabulary development, also problem-solving. We're gonna look more at that next week on play, without drill and kill, my words, includes rich engaging activities that invite a high degree of interactivity and control by the user so that the user is in control, not the technology being in control.

There's as much movement as possible that just because we're holding an iPad doesn't mean that we can't get engaged and involved, that it enhances and encourages interactions with adults or peers rather than it just being a solitary exploration. I think it's critical that the media that we use is culturally diverse and it's free of stereotype and that it meets a developmental need for children. Just to kind of have that in the back of our heads as we start looking at some different apps, to be thinking critically about how those apps meet that criteria. Today we are going to examine some, what I would like to say is well-suited apps that thoughtfully focus on language and literacy skill development and that offer rich and engaging activities that are highly interactive, that offer authentic problem situations that require strategic thinking. It provides feedback and scaffolding so that with repeated use a player gets better and is offered new challenges.

So they're not just doing the same thing each time and that it makes use of the latest technology and has merit that's free from the extraneous distracting and cute sounds and graphics. That's not the point of the technology, is all the bells and whistles, but it's really much more than that. Let's talk about apps using apps to build language. I listed some ways that when I think about building language that I think apps can be useful, vocabulary, turn-taking, expanding communicative intent, initiating language, encouraging expressive output, supporting comprehension and augmenting our language. But does anyone have anything to add to that list? It'd be great to hear. Anybody has any other ways that they use language, that they use apps in their world to build language? If not, that's okay.

Okay, so we're gonna keep going even though I can't quite bring up what I wanna bring up right this second. It worked 10 minutes ago. Storytelling and descriptive language, Candice said. So absolutely, those are critical things with language especially if kids start moving into the idea of building their literacy skills, that they have to have the language in order to engage in storytelling. Let's talk about the most basic things that are available pretty much on any device without any cost associated or any downloads or anything like that. Not just the idea of photos and video tools.

There is recent research out that really shows that kids who are given the opportunity to engage in interactions via video understand that they are, that the person on the other end is real, that they get that, that when they are given that opportunity to interact. And that there can be some real value and merit to being able to Facetime or Skype. It can positively, when they are communicating with a live person on the other side of that screen, that it can positively impact learning. So Jackie, we're gonna take a look at that video one, if you wanna pop that over. So we're gonna take a look at a little girl and who's Daddy was out of town and have the opportunity.

- [Baby] Daddy! Daddy!

- [Voiceover] Where's Daddy?

- Daddy! Addy! Addy!

- [Voiceover] Okay, so that, our little friend there, a little short clip. I don't know if everybody caught sort of all the nuances there of her interaction. She obviously was extremely excited. It wasn't just seeing a picture of Daddy. She knew Daddy was there. She might not have been able to put that into words. Mama says, "Where's Daddy?" And she clasps her hand and she's like, I don't know. Or maybe it's here. But that she really responded. She wasn't interacting with Mom and talking to him about Daddy. She was talking to Daddy. Just a nice example of how real that is for a child. We talked last week about the importance of that 2D to 3D, that 3D to 2D transfer where kids need to know that something is real in order to get to it, in order to access and understand it. I'm gonna go on to the next video though and show our same little friend so if you can move that video over again. Now she's actually interacting with a...

- [Voiceover] Peek-a-boo barn.

- [Voiceover] She's actually interacting with...

- [Voiceover] Who's in the barn? You do it now, let's see.

- [Voiceover] Owl.

- [Voiceover] Hi, owl. Who's in the barn? Open.

- [Voiceover] Mouse.

- Mommy.

- [Voiceover] Mouse. Hi, mouse. Who's in the barn?

- [Voiceover] Open. Peyton, open.

- [Voiceover] Horse.

- [Voiceover] Neigh, horse.

- [Voiceover] You can see there how Peyton was really very interactive. She had control over the environment. She was absolutely engaged in the interaction with Mom in order to do this. That's really what we are looking for. I am going to switch in just a second to share my screen with you. We're gonna take a look at some different apps. That was really just about, that playing, that language. What did you see happening in that clip? What kinds of things did you guys see in that clip that we just saw with Peyton? I gave you a couple of things. I'm just so excited right now because my iPad is actually mirroring on my computer. It wasn't doing that a couple of minutes ago.

Sigh of relief, phew. Stacy's typing. She's interacting with the gestures, yeah, that same effect you can tell that must be like a gesture of hers, that little open hands that she's able to interact with. This is a little girl who has some language needs, who is being served through our infants and toddlers program. Her mother is actually also a provider. When we started using iPads in our practice she was really eager to apply it with her own child. She's vocalizing. So really seeing some nice rich. What was important about the Mom part of things with this?

Was this like, "Here, Peyton, go play with this "while I see the laundry basket behind? "Go play with this while I get the laundry done." It wasn't really about that, right? It was really about that critical interaction. I'm gonna respond to your text or your chat as you type them in, but just to not leave everybody hanging. Let's focus a little bit right now on some AAC apps, some augmentative communication apps for early communication. There is a lot out there. I really wanna stress that what I'm showing you today is simply the very, very, very tip of the iceberg and that these are by no means like the official recommendations of what you should be using for an augmentative communication app. That there is a lot out there and you really wanna make sure that you're using the right app on the right tool, maybe it's not even an app with a child but to be able to show you a few things.

We're gonna look at a few different things from highly complex to at a much simpler level. One that's out there is called LAMP, it's by Prentke Romich. There's a nice link there for a really good summary of how the LAMP apps support language development. I think it's really key especially with young children that it's not necessarily about replacing oral language but it's about bridging to oral language often for young children who aren't speaking yet. You don't wanna leave them without a method. We can use sign and gestures and pictures and low-tech. The app is just another way of doing it.

Let's take a look at, I'm gonna go ahead and share my screen with you. Are you guys seeing, I see it says AirServer on MCPS. I am not seeing the app. Let's just take a look, in the meantime, at the image that's on the screen. I'll try to get back over to my iPad in a minute. LAMP is a very, it has a great deal of power. As you can see from the screenshot on the right it has a great deal of vocabulary that can be winnowed down to a very simple level. You can mask or hide all of the different icons to just have a little bit out. I'm gonna see if I can get back over to my iPad to really be able to show you what we're looking at. I am gonna share my screen with you guys one more time and we should be good to go.

I really appreciate everybody's patience when technology is not as cooperative as we would like it to be. Now you should be seeing the, just move things around so you can actually see everything. Now you should be seeing the LAMP app. I'm just gonna play with it just a little bit just so that if people aren't familiar with it at all, there are different levels of complexity that you can have where it could be a one hit communication or it can be more than one hit. If I have it right now, if I wanna be able to say like, I'd hit the like, and I have lots of different options in there. Like and it would say like. If I want it to though go and make it at a much simpler level I can go into my Settings.

I can go into my... Get back to the vocabulary, there we go. I can go into the one hit and have it be at a much simpler level. So I could go in if I wanted to say like I can just have it be at that right there. I can turn up the volume on my computer so you guys can hear that. If I want to read, I can have read on there so it can say like read. At a very simple one hit level that can also hide any of these buttons so we can mask and just have the vocabulary that we're working on. With that there's a great app that's sort of a complement to this. I'm gonna take you over to see right now. This is by Prentke Romich.

It is their AAC language lab and what we're taking a look at. It's to really help build that language of that core word level of important vocabulary that kids need, that they can say a whole lot with. Words like help, more, stop and go, let's take a look at that one. This is where we're not in a communication mode but we're in a language building mode. If I push, it's in the learn mode right now. Let's go back to that. If I push stop, it's gonna help me learn about the word stop. It's gonna play a little. It should be playing a little video on there. I'm hearing it but I'm not seeing it on the screen. If I put go, it's gonna watch the car go. There should be, there may be something with the, reflecting that it's not showing it on the screen there. If you see that it's beeping, so watch the car go. So it's gonna teach and then it's gonna ask you to then to select that, let's go outside.

We keep or getting, we would be seeing a lovely video, a lovely animation and it's gonna ask me to keep hitting go. Watch the car go to be able to keep practicing that word, if I go over to learn that word rather, watch the car go. And I would still get, keep make it go I need to have go. Watch the car go. If I hit go over to practice then it's gonna give me the opportunity where it says I want more please to practice a word, so the word more and a video would come up. I need more and it prompts a video to come up in giving that feedback.

So a really nice way of, sorry that the videos aren't coming across on the screen. Make it go, it's asking me to find the word go so opportunities to really practice with that. I'm gonna switch back to stop sharing with you and go back to the PowerPoint for a moment. I'll just wait for the PowerPoint to come back up on the screen. That's really showing the AAC tool and an app that can be used to build language in preparation or while a child is working in that AAC app. So that it really has those connections. There's multiple apps from PRC that use those. I think the great thing about that is that it is gonna build language regardless of whether you're using an AAC device or whether you're just working on those really important vocabulary words.

It's things like help, more, stop, go, eat, drink, make, play, sleep, work, read, don't, no, stop, that's at the very simple levels. And there's another app that will take you into multiple words. We've looked a couple of times at previous webinars about Go Talk Now from Attainment. Again, that is one that is highly customizable. I'm gonna just show you the screenshot there. You could see we have it down to simply four. I could have a video embedded in any of those. I can then have the core vocabulary that's overlaid on top of it so that the child's still working that same really important language that we looked at with the PRC app of more, stop, go, want, to be able to do some requesting, some refusing, so some of those important language actions that kids really need to be able to own.

One other one that we're gonna look at today and again, these are simply, from very complex to simpler, just a couple, just three of the different ones that are out there, also kind of going down in price. The PRC app runs for about $300. The Go Talk Now is about $75. Sounding Board by AbleNet is totally free. I'm going to take you in to see that right now, so just to sort of see. You can see with the PRC there's very little customization that needs to be done. You might simply be masking with the Go Talk Now. You can be highly, highly customizable. What I find with the Sounding Board is they're maybe a little kind of a balance between. I'm gonna go ahead and share my screen with you and we're gonna go into Sounding Board and take a look at it. You can see I have the different boards that are available. We're gonna take a look at one that I created. That's the core.

Again, back to that same thing, go and stop. The amount of things that I can communicate with go and stop are enormous. That we all want to go outside, that I want to go make the car go, that I want to stop doing something, that I want you to stop doing something. A whole lot of value from that. Great place to start with that and be able to activate that. However, there are some built-in boards. Some of them are better than others. But the one that I like the most is the reading one. I went into, these are the pre-loaded boards. I think this reading one actually can serve for a whole lot more than reading, can be even more expanded core. I could actually put a go on there perhaps, instead of a turn the page. That would mean, go would mean turn the page if I really want it to get, really think about expanding the communicative intent of a single word. It could mean a whole lot. A very simple level that it's gonna turn the page.

- [Voiceover] Who is that?

- [Voiceover] That we could get in.

- [Voiceover] Let's do that? Stop.

- [Voiceover] To be able to use this in a wide variety. This is created as a reading page but when we talk about that, what we're looking for a criteria for apps and being open-ended, simply this page, in and of itself, can be really, really open-ended, way more than simply reading. I'm gonna go back out. I think I'm gonna go back out and stop sharing my screen with you. We just got a preview of something I wanna show you. We'll put the PowerPoint back in there. Again, Sounding Board, so we saw three different apps for communication. Again, this is where we're really talking about that assistive technology piece. Although I could certainly see how you could use features of these apps with any child in a universally designed for learning pre-school setting where you are working on promoting and prompting language.

There are hundreds of AAC apps. Jane Farrall has an excellent, comprehensive list of apps. The URL is there. Then there is also the Call Scotlands which is a group out of the UK. Their Wheel is AAC apps which they just updated very, very recently. What I really wanna say is that this was a sample. These were some simple ideas but that, really, parents that are on and other professionals, my top advice when it comes to considering augmentative communication tool for a child who maybe in need of that is to work with your early interventionist and your speech language pathologist professional to determine the best app or other device to meet your child's needs.

This little tidbit of that does not replace that process. We looked at the app from PRC. There's a nice little image that I couldn't get to come up on the screen before. But you can get an idea now of how working on that vocabulary. This was one where would be a two word of turn and more to be able to get that. I wanna make sure we, I think everybody knows that language and literacy are irretrievably intertwined. There's no way to separate those out. All the research says that the more you talk to your child, the better their early literacy skills are.

The more that you read with the child, the better their language skills are. I love this. I saw this, I think on Facebook or something, this sign that was in a library. There is no app to replace your lap. Read to your child. Then to sort of temper that with reading your child doesn't have to be only print books and in this world of children who are growing up with an iPad that reading with your child might be reading on a device. It might also be reading a regular print book but reading on a device is certainly an option. We're gonna take a look at some apps. What I would really like folks to do and so you can start typing even as I show you the app, is tell me, reflect back on those criteria for the apps. Tell me how you think the app that I'm showing you meets or maybe you think it doesn't meet that criteria. Let's take a look at an app called This is My Story. I'm gonna pull that up. I am going to share my screen with you.

- [Voiceover] Choose one of these.

- [Voiceover] Okay, so you guys should all be seeing my little This is My Story and then the second part of the title of it is I'm Sticking To It. We're gonna take a look at a couple of the features of this. We're gonna look first at the Make Up Your Own Story. You get to pick a story. You can see there's two there. If I keep swiping I get all different choices in there. Let's say, I didn't really wanna pick the look at the Irish. But if I change my mind I can go into the backgrounds for any of these. Let's go with the Halloween theme. It's almost Halloween, right? Yes, so I've got the different vocabulary.

But I am gonna go back out. I'm gonna, no. I'm gonna make my own story because I'm determined to get my Halloween background, A Spooky Night. Let's make a story about a spooky night. I have the vocabulary, that defaults to it. You can see here it's Halloween themed vocabulary. Plus I tag on my little friend the mouse there. I can get more vocabulary with those of the background. I could switch to, maybe I want some of the fall themed vocabulary. Or maybe I want a school bus in there. Let's go back to my Halloween theme. I can make a story about... Who should we make the story about? I'm gonna see. Who shall we make the story about? Let's see. Oops, I lost. There we go.

Let's make the story about, let's make it about the cat. I can take my cat. It's gonna tell me the name. I can put it back if that's not what I wanted. Maybe I wanted the ghost. Until I put it in that little square where it sticks, and I think that's where they get the stick to it, that's where I'm at. Then it gives me that flashing arrow to say okay. We're gonna go on to this. This is my story about the ghost. It's giving me the ghost says hello to, so who do I want the ghost to say hello to? Maybe the ghost is gonna say hello to the spider.

Once I choose him I can drag him over there and I get the option to keep going with my story. Then I got that ghost again, who is the ghost gonna sing with? Maybe the ghost is gonna sing with the monster. Let's see, maybe... Let's see, we're gonna go to the next page. Maybe I want some different. There's no reason that we can't have the ghost play with the ginger bread. As you can see, we could be going through this until we get that the ghost laughed with the skeleton. Get this finished up so that we can read it. The mummy, and he's gonna run to the vampire.

- [Voiceover] Vampire.

- [Voiceover] So now I believe, and now he's gonna say goodbye to... let's just go with the monster. He's gonna say goodbye to the monster and the end. I can playback my story now.

- [Voiceover] About the ghost. Ghost said hello to the spider.

- [Voiceover] Hello.

- [Voiceover] The monsterghost.

- [Voiceover] I think you guys are getting the idea. I'm not gonna finish it right now. It would go back to it though. It would absolutely though let me then go into, I could go and just create a background. Again, some really nice open-ended things that I can get into, not just the story. But we can play with all that vocabulary.

- [Voiceover] You want to save your pictures?

- [Voiceover] I'm gonna flip back over to the webinar right now. I can see what you guys are typing. Hopefully you guys are gonna let me know if you thought, what you thought about that. I'm gonna exit this so it's not playing in the background. Okay, so let me know what you thought about that app. Do you think that it met the criteria? If I go back to what we reviewed, do you think that it meets a criteria of an effective early childhood app? What features of it? What did you see in there? I'm hoping somebody's there is gonna start typing because I really wanna hear your opinions of it. It could be more culturally diverse than just the monsters. But hopefully there would be some other free of stereotypes in some of the other pictures.

People are typing now. Jackie says she's not sure if it promotes interaction with another person. My response back with that is that if I was doing it with a child I would be the one reading to the child and having them make the choices. Or you could have more than one child and having them get to make choices together. It's your turn. It's your turn. Definitely some movement. The story was controlled by the user. Again, this could be something that a child did completely by their own. But it could be something that would be more interactive. The language development and the visual presentation, it was colorful but it was fairly simple. It wasn't so visually overwhelming. I agree 100%. And it connect between the word and the picture for older children.

For younger children, too, exposing them to that text along with the associated sound with it. Great for sequencing practice, absolutely. Think about the repetitive line in there that that ghost was always there. I could pair this with an augmentative communication tool where they got to say, what's there? The ghost. You know that they are doing that reading. I think it really does meet that criteria. I'm gonna toggle back to the right slide now and go to one of my other favorite, favorite apps that's out there. We're gonna hope that we're still sharing my screen. Yes, I am.

So there is a wonderful app out there called Epic. Epic is a website and an app. You can sign up as an educator for free. It is a subscription for families. I think it's something very reasonable, like a couple of dollars a month for thousands and thousands of books. But it is free. The awesome thing is that it is absolutely free for educators. We're gonna toggle over. I want you guys to be thinking about this, about that criteria and what you like or maybe what you don't like about this app. We'll go ahead and take a look at it. Be thinking as I move over to share my screen with you.

Where am I? Let's just find the... I just need to find the right window so that you all are looking at the right window. I'm making sure, let me, I'm gonna pull up and make sure I'm sharing with you. I lost my sharing connection for a moment. We're gonna punt since I lost my sharing connection. I'm gonna try to get it back in just a second. But the app has access to thousands and thousands of books that are, oops, there we go. I'll try to get it back. It has access to many, many books that you can view. There are many, there's no bells and whistles to this. There are some that have read, too. But many more that don't. If you think about that... If you think about that, I'm sorry if I seem distracted. I'm just trying to get my, to mirror again. If you think about that picture of your lap and it can't, here we go. You guys should be seeing this. Good. Let's go into Epic and pull it up. Okay, excellent.

We'll go back into Mrs. Poss, that would be me. We'll sign in. You guys can all see my log-in. Here we go, so we're gonna browse. You can see it's giving me some recommended for me, some top picks. Let's just take a look at bugs. I like bugs. I don't know about you guys, but I like bugs. Just to take a look at this. We've got a book. I can turn the pages with it. I can tap on things and nothing happens except it gets bigger. This is a really, no frills app. I like it that it's no frills because I have to read this. If I'm sitting with a young child, I am going to read it to them.

Caterpillars munch on tasty leaves. Where is the caterpillar? There is one. There is one. There is one, let's make it bigger. Do you see that little one there? Some of these things about being able to pull it up and closer, back away. Can you turn the page? Awesome. I could have two iPads going and I could have my turn the page, my book reading one. Or I could have printed out that board from Sounding Board and used it low-tech and have the child interacting with me that way. Butterflies dance through the air. It is very much an interactive book that happens to be on an iPad. I can go back. I can favorite it so that it does give me some statistics. As a teacher, as a parent I can see how much time a child spent in a book. Again, there are just hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of different books in there. You can see some of them have that sound. I can choose to have it read.

- [Voiceover] Stop! You're going to fast.

- [Voiceover] If a child wanted to read it independently with that, you could have that. But just like a paper book it's really without all its bells and whistles. There are books that are at alternate levels so you can see there's lots of early childhood books. But there are absolutely books at a higher level. I also like the fact, if you're just thinking low incidents and not necessarily, or low readers, not necessarily young children, that there is some great stuff for... Doesn't have to be early childhood. The discover series and everything. You could use it with a wider variety.

I'm gonna go back to the PowerPoint and stop sharing my screen. Antonio, are there books in other languages? Yes, I believe that there are Spanish in here. I am not sure about other languages beyond that. But I believe there are Spanish books in there. It goes up to age 12, is the ages of books that are there, so there are. So if you like books, there's nothing really not to like about Epic. I do wanna move on to a few. Now we're gonna talk about the book with the bells and whistles. David Wiesner's Spot, people are familiar with some of his other books. Flotsam is one of his. I believe another one is called Fly. He is a master of the wordless picture book. He created Spot not as a picture book but as an app that takes that. It's just an absolute piece of artwork.

I wanted to, I wanna see if I can, if I play this video, I'm gonna ask Jackie. If I play this video and let's see if it, I need to share my screen with you guys. I'm gonna go and share my screen. You guys are gonna see the video. Imagine this as somebody navigating. What you're seeing is essentially navigating through the app. It goes deeper and deeper. So just an amazingly beautiful app. I'm gonna go into it really briefly. You can see it's directing me to, so that was a video. Let's close that particular, and you can see it's giving me some directions as to what to do like if you saw those little things in there, is that ladybug and how we could get... I can go deeper into it.

I'm on that ladybug spot. Oh my gosh, there's a whole another world in there. Again, just how kids choose to get engaged in what's happening and all of the interactions and everything. I'm gonna leave it at that and encourage you to go and take a look at this really phenomenal app. There we go. What do people think about that? I mean, it's not a book. It's not an app. I mean, it is an app but it's a book. But what do people think about that whole idea of Spot? I think it's just magical. Jackie's typing. If you wanna pull the PowerPoint back up, that would be awesome.

It's an interesting activity, promoting discovery. It absolutely is promoting discovery. You can see how language could really be stimulated by it. I think that there would be certain kids and types of kids that would really be mesmerized by it. I mean, the key then would be in getting them to be interactive and engaged in communication and conversation about it. But just a different way to approach a book, a picture book. Metamorphabet, I'm gonna give you guys a gift right now. Through November 5th, this app is free. It was a Starbucks iTunes pick of the week back in the summer maybe and it's still good.

It's good until, so you can, from that link you can get this app for free. Not that it's usually expensive app afterwards but it is another just beautiful, beautiful book. Beautiful, beautiful app, rather. We're gonna take a look at it. I'm gonna flip over to it. I want you guys to tell me what you think about it. Get on typing and give me some feedback on what you think of this particular app. I'm gonna share my screen with you. I'm gonna open it. I happen to be on the letter F last time I was playing with it. We'll take a look at this. I'm just tapping on the screen in different places. I'm not really doing anything specific. I am right now just sort of swirling my finger on that. I'm tipping it backwards. Really the, oh my, look at that. Really it's responding.

So as I have my finger on the fan blade and I'm swirling it around it's swirling around. If I ruffle the feathers with my finger, it's the feathers are getting ruffled. If I tap the toes, it jumps up. If I tap the toes again, oh, it's telling me it's flying. If I tap the toes again, each toe that I tap, so you can really see, once that, I could stay on this as long as I want it. But once that star comes up I have the option to go to the next letter. You have to get through the whole alphabet before you can go out of sequence or I could only go back to the letters that I've already gone to. I am controlling this.

If I tap a flower, the flower moves. If I pull the flower up, it turns into ghost. If I strum the guitar, it plays. Again, I could stay on this as long as I wanted to and do whatever I wanted. I can choose once the star goes up to get to the next letter. Again, it's called Metamorphabet. I'm gonna go back and stop sharing. Just to have given you a taste of that. SLP Deb loves potential for discussion with the adult for development of rich vocabulary. It's showing up as the 3.99 app, did not see a way to get it through the Starbucks link. I'll check that. I know when I checked it, not too recently, you should be able, it said until November 5th. I will double check that and make sure I post it in the discussion section of the CTD, of the course or we send it out as a link to get that.

This is one of those apps that I have to sometimes put the iPad down because I keep playing with it afterwards. It really is just a gorgeous, gorgeous app. Now moving on, we just have a few minutes left actually to, I just wanna show you one more, is literacy. It's more than just reading, it's writing also. A fabulous app out there called Scribble Press. There is a free version of this. The version I'm gonna a show you is like the few dollar version of it. But what I really like about it is the way that it can really support engagements. I'm gonna go back and share my screen. So will be the last time I'm sharing my screen with you. This is what it looks like.

If I were to go into a new book I could just draw a picture. It could be totally open-ended and I could just draw a picture. It's just a great drawing app with a lot of wonderful, I'm trying to click on it on my computer. That doesn't work, I have to click on it on my iPad. But if I go into these books I can get some real starters for kids that might need that. Let's just go into the All About Me. Let's do just the, it's just gonna be all about me. It gives you kind of a Madlib effect. Not crazy Madlib but fill in the blank. I love this because this is the type of thing where you could sit with the child and get this information from them. If the child is able to type and fill in some, they could.

So you might, in their name, well, what letter does your name start with and they'd be able to get to that. Or you could just be having them dictate to you, how many years old I am. Do you guys really wanna know how old I am? There we go. I have blonde hair and blue eyes. We'll stop there just for the sake. It's gonna prompt me to fill in but I don't have to. And I can keep going. It's gonna create my book and then I get to go in and illustrate it. I can use all of the markers that are available. There's tons and tons and tons of them. I can add those to my toolbox. Or I can go in and I can use stickers.

There is in-apps purchase and you can get more stickers. But you can also use camera to be able to pull in pictures. So we could take a picture of me or use an existing picture. I can pull in different backgrounds. I could continue adding to this so I could just be generating text, whatever I want, not necessarily from that. I can get into some kind of other fun stickers and stuff that are add-ons. But just a really rich app there. I'm gonna switch back permanently now, back to the screen. I'd love to hear your opinions on the Scribble Press and what you think of it. Get the iPad, I mean, PowerPoint back up. Again, does it meet that criteria of a rich app? Is it open-ended? Does it promote language? Does it promote interaction for you? Jackie, she's my prompt for all of you guys to contribute.

While Jackie's typing I'm gonna go ahead and talk about all of these sort of, anybody else, please. Give me your thoughts. In that UDL Classroom we wanna see that combination. This is a great picture where it's really showing like you've got the book and you've got manipulative and you got an iPad app and I would pair with it the communication board to promote reading. That in that universally designed for learning classroom it's all of those things that you're giving kids multiple ways of interacting with language and literacy tools. And you are giving kids multiple ways to be engaged. You're providing multiple means of input to them. So allows for creativity and language development. They can customize the plot absolutely.

Have to go but great presentation. Anybody that was getting credit? Thanks, Regina. Regina two. If you're participating in the course for CEUs, there's a discussion to discussion questions and an activity. So the discussion is how can you integrate eBooks and other literacy and language activities using technology and share learning environment? How does the early learning policy statement that you constructed in lesson one support your integration of these apps? Then the instructional activity two is to evaluate and create reviews for three apps for how they support communication, language and literacy. So you can use those criteria that we've been discussing for the last hour to talk about that. It looks like it's the log-in to the Starbucks network for the apps.

We're sorry, there seems to be an issue downloading. You may have to just go in through the Starbucks network. Thank you, Maureen, for researching that. We'll see if we can get it. I actually have been in contact with the Metamorphabet developers. I'll see if they can fix that and get me some codes to send out to people since we featured their fabulous app in our webinar. Again, that instructional activity for creating reviews. If you want some good reviews to look at, Common Sense Media is a great place. Although I don't think they put quite the emphasis on interactivity and open-endedness that I do. The recorded webinar is gonna be available in the library. You can get your certificate. I think Jackie can tell you exactly how you can get your certificate. If you all would like to meet me in person I would love to meet you.

If anybody is coming to ATIA in February in Orlando, I'm doing a full day pre-conference on Universal Design for 21st century learning. We'll look at things from Pre-K on up through 12 and then a bunch of regular sessions. Please come back next week. We are doing the final webinar on Monday. It's gonna be on, not on a Tuesday, on Monday. Because I'll be flying to Indianapolis on Tuesday on Supporting Play and Problem Solving. We're gonna look at early Math skills, play skills in the context of the UDL early learning environment. Thank you, guys. Great, Jamie, I look forward to seeing you. I'll be there. You'll be where? Will you be at the webinar? Will you be at ATIA? Orlando, yehey. Jamie, come see me. Introduce.

You're welcome, Pam. The survey, don't forget the survey. Thank you, Emily. You can click on the link to do the survey. I really appreciate you guys spending the last hour with me, being patient with my technology issues. And enter your email address for a certificate. Oh, great, Stacy. Please come find me at ATIA. Come to my pre-conference or come to one of the regular sessions. I'll actually be doing a live version, sort of a compilation of the three of these and I'm gonna have some really amazing swag and giveaway for the swipe generation one, some awesome apps and hands-on manipulative that go with them. So I'm very, very excited about that. Come and see me in Orlando. I'll hang on for just another minute. Great, Bernadine. Please, my email is here so if your speech therapist has questions, let me know. Be happy to chat. I will let people log out. We still got a few people on there. I look forward to seeing any of your comments. I hope I see all of you.