App Happy


By Janette Venaas-Gilbraith,
North Dakota H & V

As iPods and iPads become more and more popular, it is felt that we as consumers become more confused and overwhelmed by them. What applications are educationally appropriate for our children’s needs? For this reason, we are collecting input from parents and will submit occasional columns to The Communicator. We will feature various apps, and describe their function and cost.

Social Story App:

Pictello- can be used on the iPod touch and iPad

This app was developed for all ages and skill levels which allows for easy use and requires no reading skills to locate and read stories.

This app is a simple way to create photo albums and talking books. Each page can contain a picture, up to five lines of text and a recorded sound or text-to-speech.

It teaches social skills and/or to recall events

It can be a photo album to allow non-speaking people to share their news and interests

It can allow individuals to share important events and memories with family and friends who live far away

It teaches narrative skills as part of literacy and language skills

It helps a child practice sequencing, retelling stories, creating picture schedules and working on vocabulary

COST: $18.99

View video demos of Pictello:

Articulation App:

ArtikPix-can be used on iPod and iPad

This is an engaging articulation app with flashcards and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. 

The app features 21 decks with 40 cards each for the following sounds: th, f, v, ch, sh, k, g, s, z, l, r, s-blends, r-blends, p, b, m, n, t, d, j.

Children can practice the targeted sounds in isolation

Children can practice the targeted sounds in words (beginning of words, middle of words, or at the end of words)

Children can practice the targeted sounds in sentences. 

The app has capabilities for recorded audio, voice recording, and data collection

Children can listen to their own sound production to become aware of their productions and to identify correct production vs. incorrect productions of the targeted sound

Data can be collected and stored

Cost: $29.99

Old MacDonald by Duck Duck Moose can be used on an iPod and an iPad. This app encourages cognitive, language and motor development for young children. The app features a musical book with 12 colorful fully interactive pages and more than 35 fun activities to engage children.  

The interactive pages and activities allow you to record your child singing, to be able to touch, explore and discover fun surprises in the interactive illustrations, play on a violin, cello, piano and a kazoo, shear a sheep, push a tractor, flip a cow, make a chicken cluck, etc.

Cost: $1.99

If you have a favorite App, please contact Janette at  Tell me why you like the program, what ages you think it is more appropriate for, and any other tidbits that would be helpful to know about the app. Apps do not have to be solely for Apple products – Android apps are welcome, also. Your recommended app will then appear in a future App Happy articles.

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