Kidz Talk is a great way for teachers to assess students' expressive language in a unique and engaging way. Given a fairly in-depth prompt, children record their responses into a microphone. With different options for sharing, this is a great way for teachers to collect data.
Kidz Talk has a simple design, but the idea has a lot of potential for teachers and speech language pathologists in education. Children love to talk, this is no secret. Kidz Talk allows kids to do just that. Given a prompt, children record themselves answering and responding to the question asked. With simple buttons and a variety of prompts, children have a lot to choose from.
The app is really very simple. At the time of this review, the initial version lets you try four prompts: a Halloween, swimming, winter, and ice cream prompt. There are 56 prompts available as an in-app purchase. Tap on one of the small pictures to initiate the prompt. A funny voice talks a bit about the prompt and then asks a question. Users tap the record button to answer the question. Other options in this menu include picture icons for finishing, playing, or deleting your clip. The duration of recording is 30 seconds.
After children record their response, there are two options for sharing. Children can email or text their response. If children text (which is protected by a parent gate), then a prompt is sent to the recipient with a link to the Kidz Talk app, not the actual message itself. The recordings are saved in the app until they are deleted by the next user.
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This is a really interesting take on assessing expressive language. I'm a special education teacher, so I'm always looking at apps and wondering how I can use them in class. This one struck a chord with my SLP friends looking for ways to incorporate technology into expressive language therapy. With 56 different prompts to discuss, there is literally a prompt for everyone.
The prompts are fairly engaging (though I'm not in love with the silly voices), and my kids have enjoyed answering the questions. This app has been a good way to show my kids how to add more detail to their writing, by starting with discussing the topic first. The buttons are easy to use and my students had no trouble navigating the app. Even my young son got in on the action with a detailed description of what he is going to do in the pool this summer.
Overall, Kidz Talk is a neat way to get kids to talk. With thoughtful prompts, and easy to maneuver buttons, the app is a way for kids to practice expressive language independently. This is a great app for SLPs and teachers looking to focus on language.
Kidz Talk is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.69
Additional prompt availabe via in-app-purchase
At the time of this review, the app had no ads. There was a single in-app purchase, and links to email and text were hidden behind parent gates.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is sorry about the delay on this review, but standardized testing is kicking her shins! She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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