Today’s app, has most definitely been chosen by my boys. They love speaking to the dinosaur and hearing him echo what they say. Apart from repeating your words in a dinosaur voice he also fetches bones, fights with a friend and eats hunks of steak you chuck at him.
I have looked at other talking apps, but sometimes the content and behaviour are not always appropriate. For instance, in a popular talking cat app you get to punch the feline in the face. I am not sure that sends the right message, but maybe I am just a cat lover!
The dinosaur’s monologues can be saved as films and uploaded to YouTube, so there is scope for using this as a presentation tool. Quite simply pupils could record poems or some of their MFL learning and share this online. It could also be a tool to engage those reluctant speakers in your class.
I am not going to claim that this a great autism app, and frankly I get tired of those that do make claims about apps and ASD. However I did notice that Dylan, 9 and autistic, who had limited language did spend some considerable time talking to the T Rex.
The other huge plus point for this app is that currently it is free, as it is normally just 69p.