App-in-Action: Let’s Be Social!

By Everyday Speech December 30, 2013

Let’s be Social! is launching January 6th, 2014.  The following post from Dr. Kerry Davis, one of our beta testers,  focuses on her experiences with Let’s be Social! thus far.  All thoughts are her own. Enjoy!

Let's be Social! Lesson Interface

Let’s be Social! Lesson Interface

A lot of apps have a short shelf-life. Using the same group of items may work for your basic artic apps, but for language-based activities, it’s kind of a let-down; my students basically memorize the answers or get bored with the same presentation, so I’m off roaming iTunes for new, reasonably priced apps.

That’s what’s different about Let’s Be Social!. Using your iPad camera, your student can be a part (literally) of the activity, which is a great draw for many of my tech-savvy students.

I like this app, because I can use it in a variety of ways, with students who have different language and social needs. Here’s an idea of how to bolster your instruction through Let’s be Social!:

  • Each lesson provides a narrative scenario. This gives me the opportunity to discuss and scaffold important social information, such as:
    • “Who is in the story?”
    • “What is the problem?”
    • “What should they do next?”
    • “How do you think the characters are feeling?”
  • Once you’ve reviewed these components, move on to the multiple choice questions built-in to each activity.
  • Discuss why some answers provided may be more appropriate than others.

The nice part about each lesson is that it provides a focus for discussion and a way to format your own social lessons.

After a structured activity, I go through with my students and we make our own social lessons, where we:

Create your own Content interface

Create your own Content!

  • Discuss who, where, and when the story takes place (usually with a graphic organizer, or other tools)
  • Take photos and insert a narrative scenario
  • Create questions
  • Brainstorm a resolution to the problem

Let’s be Social! has worked great whether it is a Kindergartner learning how to invite a friend to play, or a pair of older students, role playing their own “social lesson” about negotiating what to do after school. Sometimes I even have the older kids make lessons for the younger group, which gives them a sense of responsibility. The best part is, the kids really get into making their own lessons, making the experience meaningful.

~Dr. Kerry

Kerry Davis Ed.D, CCC-SLP is a board certified speech-language pathologist. Her clinical experience includes over 15 years working in private, medical, and school based settings. Her areas of expertise includes, social, communication, and behavioral disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She also writes a monthly blog for Ashasphere. Dr. Davis can be followed on Twitter @DrKDavisslp.

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