Sequencing is an important skill not just in school, but in life. Sequences by EdNinja from developer Club LIA, is an app created specifically to practice sequencing and communication skills. Developed by special education teachers and therapists, this app is perfect for all students, regardless of ability, to practice communication and sequencing of stories.
Sequence by EnNinja is an app similar to many of the flashcard type games speech language pathologists and special educators use to teach basic sequencing skills. Given the choice of three, four, or five step sequences, students must put the steps of a simple task or story together in the correct order. Each piece has a sentence fragment on it that will be read aloud with a simple tap. Tap a second time and the card goes full screen allowing the child to explore the scene for details. Children place the cards in the correct order to hear the story read and shown aloud.
Each scene is a familiar task or activity to most children. From walking the dog, to tying a shoe, to going to a movie, the scenes are all ones that can be found in everyday life. As children explore each scene to place them in the correct order, they are given a little help with puzzle like tabs on each side of the puzzle cards. Student can check the tabs to be sure they are matching if they are struggling with the order of the story.
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Sequences by EdNinja takes what can sometimes be a somewhat boring classroom activity and makes it into a much more engaging lesson by using the iPad or iPod. With 12 premade scenarios, the app offers some common stories to start with. A particularly nice feature is the ability to create your own stories to sequence using pictures and audio. This will be a great tool for special needs students who might need more visual representations of day to day activities or routines. This app could also be used to create social stories for sequencing by students with autistic characteristics. I also like that the sequencing cards have both words and pictures (though I'd prefer to see the cards use complete sentences versus sentence fragments). It's important as we help our children develop the ability to sequence, that we also nurture the ability to narrate and communicate about the scene correctly.
Overall, Sequences by EdNinja is one of the nicest special needs apps I've seen. The attention to detail in the scenes creates easy sequences in the three card category, but harder sequences in the five card category. Allowing users to create their own sequences makes this app an individualized tool for any student. Additionally, the teacher in me appreciates the access to personalized progress reports as a tool for data collection. I have already recommended this app to the speech language pathologists at my school, and will continue to use this in my own classroom.
Sequences by EdNinja is availale for download via the iTunes App Store: universal app iPad/iPhone/iPod
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady .
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