I am a Master's student in Syracuse University's Inclusive Education program (grades 1-6, though most of my coursework is with people who work in grades 7-12). I earned my Bachelor's from Cornell College in Elementary Education and Sociology.
I registered with MyTalk because part of my coursework involves AAC in the Inclusive Classroom. We have been looking at AAC users and the devices/technology available to them. We are finally to "high tech" options for people with diverse language needs. I downloaded MyTalk way back in August, when I first bought my iPad 2, but have only recently begun working with it. Our latest assignment is to program and present an AAC device/program. My research team and I selected MyTalk because even the "free" version provides wonderful opportunities for users and the full version is still rather inexpensive.
For starters, I so appreciated how the App opens with your story of creating and implementing MyTalk. My interest in AAC and people with disabilities is also personal; my younger brother, Gabe, has Down syndrome and Autism. He uses some functional Sign but he could definitely benefit from interventions like the iPad and its variety of communication programs. Each time I survey an App, I think, "Would Gabe benefit from this?"
Features of MyTalk that would benefit Gabe (and many of my current students) are its simple interface, its photo-taking capabilities, and the quick way it can be programmed and retrofitted in order to accommodate needs as they surface. I loved being able to take a picture, video, or go on the Internet in order to find a necessary picture. I also loved being able to re-design the boards for as many or as little cells as the situation or student called for.
I also appreciated the tutorials, online support, and info straight from the App. I figured out most of the features just by playing around; this means a great deal. As I'm sure you understand, teachers, caregivers, and other programmers may not have a lot of time to figure out various facets and workings of a program. This is one of my biggest complaints with Boardmaker and it was nice not to see these echoes with MyTalk :)
However, I very much enjoyed this App and think it definitely holds it own among the other options out there.
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