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Pros: Supports are color coded to help teach difficult-to-understand concepts -- like question words and paragraphs -- in a concrete way.
Cons: On top of the challenge in motivating kids with this topic, there isn't a great deal of interesting vocabulary here.
Bottom Line: A solid, if basic, approach to teaching question words and concepts to students with significant language issues.
QuestionIt is meant to be a cooperative app, used by a teacher and a student at the same time, and will probably work best one on one. The data manager makes it useful for both teaching and assessing, though it won't interpret the data for teachers.
To help extend learning off screen, plan some post-use activities and conversation to reinforce skills cover in a session. Based on your student's needs, experiment with the difficulty level and color-coding support to ensure a successful yet challenging experience.
QuestionIt is designed to help people with autism and language issues develop and strengthen concepts of language use. The simple interface has color-coded support to systematically cue students toward comprehension. Kids sort words by the types of questions they answer, gradually increasing skills until they can answer questions about a paragraph.
Throughout QuestionIt, the words, sentences, and pictures have symbols to help non-readers. As kids progress, teachers can see scoring data, while kids get intermittent reinforcement in the form of on-screen firework animations. The data collection system analyzes the student's strengths and weaknesses in order to identify areas of need.
QuestionIt does a good job of helping kids categorize and answer who, what, when, and where questions. Though it's not the most exciting or motivating topic, the content and vocabulary are solid and the design is clean and visually appealing. It's also notable that the app provides basic, errorless questions, wherein there is only one answer; kids are rewarded before moving on to the next question. Built-in flexibility allows customization for students' varying skill levels.
The data collected is specific, and can help a parent, teacher, or speech therapist to identify areas for improvement. Also, the color-coded cueing system is a best practice for teaching kids to use augmentative and alternative communication systems. While the paid version can be pricey (especially if purchasing for multiple students), the lite version can be downloaded for free as a trial. Nevertheless, for students with autism or other language-related disabilities, QuestionIt is likely to be a valuable language-development tool.