Do you own the Smarty Ears app, Custom Boards-Premium? Hmmm? Do you? Well, I made the leap and bought this app while it was on sale for Better Speech and Hearing Month (normally $39.99) and I am officially IN LOVE with it! Although I did appreciate the grad-student friendly sale price, this app is worth it’s weight in gold (or dollars…if you want to be that way) at the regular price.
Now, I could go on and on about the over-11,000 smarty symbols you get when you purchase this app (ummmm, a pseudo Boardmaker for your iPad anyone?). I could also spout off facts about their 100+ templates into which you can input pictures and text. But, I think I’ll take this post in a different direction and tell you about how I’m loving using this app with my fellow classmates!
I am a big fan of combining great ideas. You know that killer food that’s always left over from Thanksgiving? Rolls + turkey + cranberry sauce = BEST sandwich of your life. Iced tea + lemonade = summer staple (thanks Mr. Palmer). Glitter + …….ok, you’re right…glitter is just the devil, no matter what you combine it with! Anyway, my point is that Custom Boards can be a great tool on its own, but you can make it a super-stellar-Avengers-style tool if you are savvy about combining it with other apps. The groom to my Custom Board bride is the collection of free ABA flash card decks I have downloaded (from Kindergarten.com). If you don’t own these apps, go download them immediately. I mean it…right now! I’ll wait…
Ok, now that you have the free ABA cards AND Custom Boards, you’re as set as you’ll ever need to be! Here’s the plan:
1. Take screen shots of the flash cards you want to include in your Custom Boards project:
2. Open Custom Boards and choose a template:
3. Click on the first white box and select the iPad Images button. This will pull up your photo library (and your ABA flash card screen shots should be there). Select the first picture. Once it’s selected, you can size it (by pinching your fingers in or out) to fill the screen with exactly what you want. Remember that you can add your own text into each box on the template, or leave them blank.
4. Repeat with the other picture(s) to complete your template!
COOL!!!!! Right? Of course it is! Apps can be fantastic on their own, but the possibilities are endless when we think about synthesizing their contributions to our field! I would love to hear how you are combining your iPad apps to create great new projects and therapy tools! Below are a couple more examples of boards I’ve made using the ABA flash cards 🙂
Post-vocalic /r/ animal Articulation Therapy board: