Friday, May 10, 2013

Dr. Panda Apps

I came across some new apps recently that remind me of Toca Boca apps.  While I see similarities, there are also quite a few differences...enough for me to warrant trying and buying  the apps.  While most are 'pay' apps, they have several free or 'lite' versions to try first. FYI, a 'great' aspect of Dr. Panda apps...they are also available for the android market!  This is great because it makes the apps more versatile! 
So far, the apps have been a hit with my children at home.  I have also used these apps in therapy for select skills and reinforcement...students have enjoyed the apps as well. 

Dr. Panda Apps (website)


Dr. Panda's Veggie Garden
iTunes
Android
iPhone Screenshot 1

Dr. Panda's Hospital
iTunes
Android
iPhone Screenshot 1

Dr. Panda's Daycare
iTunes
Android
iPhone Screenshot 3

Dr. Panda's Restaurant
iTunes
Android
iPhone Screenshot 3


Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon
iTunes
Android
iPhone Screenshot 1

Dr. Panda's Supermarket
iTunes
Android
iPhone Screenshot 1



Just a Few of My Ideas for Dr. Panda apps:

  • Articulation: All of these apps have the potential to be useful for incentives or rewards for articulation practice.  Because there are so many different apps and settings, you could also target conversation-level practice. For example, you could elicit or have the student practice /sh/ when using the 'supermarket' or 'shopping' app.  "I am shopping for..."
  • Language: Dr. Panda apps provide a variety of settings  and therefore, lots of vocabulary.  You can use most of these apps to target a wide range of basic and every day vocabulary.  
  • Describing words/adjectives: I am planning on using the Beauty salon app for targeting adjectives/describing words.  I would like to use this particular app as an incentive or supplemental activity...after we practice a more structured task that targets describing words, we can use the app to describe hair cuts, nails, etc.  If the beauty salon setting isn't as interesting or appropriate, I think the supermarket and restaurant apps could also serve this purpose well. 
  • Sequencing: Several of these apps would lend themselves to practicing sequencing skills and using sequential terms.  For the gardening app, I would have the students explain how they grew the vegetables.  


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