Here at Gameplan we love to play. Card games, board games, physical games, word games, games of the imagination – you name it, and we'll probably have played it! That's why we're so excited to present our first game review, and it's a cracker. Superfight already has heaps of fans, from comic book lovers to computer game players, and all you need to join the buzz is a bit of imagination, the power to convince other people – and the will to win!
In 2015, three members of our team attended the Speech Pathology Australia national conference held in Canberra. A large portion of the conference focussed on the relationship between oral language and literacy so we were pretty keen to get all the latest news and information on evidence based practice for our clients.
Students must acquire the skills of metalanguage as they progress through school and this all depends on their ability to first be able to accurately decode what they are reading. This becomes particularly important in the secondary years when it is expected that students should be able to compare, analyse and critique what they read.
Apps are an excellent way to support students with language and learning difficulties at home. They are also an effective way to engage students who are turned off from the traditional methods of instruction. However, we have found that apps can promise a lot and deliver very little. We have also learned that many educational apps are not “set and forget”.