The only letter sound that comes as a trial with the free version is "P," otherwise you have to pay anywhere from $.99 to $5.99 for the various letter sound programs. The Pro Package that contains them all is $49.99.
Teachers can create up to six student profiles to keep track of individual students' activity scoring as well as sharable progress data. You can make notes on each student's profile as well as each play session.
- letter or word recognition
- academic development
- personal growth
ProsEach letter is isolated, so teachers can help kids with problem letters.
ConsYou'll need to buy individual letters via in-app purchase; better to opt for the Pro version.
Bottom LineFor helping students with letter and word pronunciation, this highly valuable tool is worth the cost.
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Bright, colorful images and numerous choices for ways to work with letters and their pronunciations make for an engaging learning experience.
Many opportunities here for kids to hear and practice the letters' pronunciations. Articulation Station uses games, stories, and more to help kids learn.
Excellent video and written tutorials. Voice narration and kids' voice-recording playback. Thorough feedback and sharable progress reports.
Articulation Station is an English language articulation and pronunciation tool. It can help kids learn and practice letter sounds and word pronunciation. With 22 letter sounds, kids can practice more than 1,000 target words. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, the app lets kids play with letter sounds via three well-crafted options: word games, sentences, and stories. Through these activities, students can learn correct pronunciation, letter and word recognition, as well as some built-in sentence structure. Articulation Station provides kids with the opportunity to record and listen to their own voices as they pronounce the letters and words in conjunction with a narrator who speaks them. As a result, students can gain self-awareness and identify their own pronunciation strengths and weaknesses. There are two activities to choose from in the words section (flashcards or matching) and different levels within activities. You can tailor activities to initial, medial, or final letter sounds.Read More Read Less
The good news is you don't have to be a speech-language pathologist to help kids with Articulation Station, and it's easy to track kids' progress and share via email with parents or speech therapists. Also, the many choices for data saving and sharing make this a winner. Teachers can tap on the light bulb icon at any point to access tutorials with teaching tips specific to that letter sound, and they have access to eight different play and scoring settings that can be customized for each of six user profiles. On the downside (unless you buy the $49.99 Pro pack) teachers must choose which of the 22 letter sounds they want kids to work on by buying them (only "P" is free, the others are in-app purchases ranging from $2.99 to $5.99 each).
Articulation Station may be expensive as far as apps go, but for kids who are struggling with pronunciation it could provide tremendous practice and growth in speech proficiency. In addition to the activities, it's especially useful that kids can record themselves speaking and compare their pronunciation to that of the narrator. Highly recommended.Read More Read Less
The need to purchase individual letters or the Pro pack, as well as identifying necessary letters on which to work, and creating one of six user accounts with many settings, make this app best for teacher-led, individual student practice. More than likely, younger students will need teacher assistance when working on Articulation Station, at least the first few times they use this app. ELL students (even those older than the recommended grades) may benefit from using Articulation Station but, again, they're likely to need teacher support at first. That said, for older students who can read well but have pronunciation challenges, Articulation Station may be used for independent student practice, as long as teachers have purchased the Pro pack or have identified the letters students need to work on already and instruct students on which letter activities to focus.Read More Read Less
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.K: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.K.6||Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.|
|SL.1: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.1.6||Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.|
|SL.2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.2.6||Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.|