Parents' Guide to

Speech Journal

By Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Voice recorder app designed for teachers, fun for families.

App iPad Paid Education
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Speech Journal is intended as a tool for teachers, but it can also be fun for families and kids. It doesn't have all the functionality of similar apps -- users can't type in captions, like Pictello, but it has a friendlier price tag; and they can't include video, like Storyrobe, but it works much more smoothly. Images are limited to the photos and pictures on the user's device -- as opposed to being able to import images from the web, like Skrappy, -- which has plusses and minuses. The simpler features Speech Journal does offer, it does well, however. The video tutorial makes using the app very clear. It's also great to be able to crop selected photos, gradually build recordings, and make different recordings under different profiles, although it would be nice to be able to easily share recordings among profiles.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : presenting to others, speaking, storytelling, Arts : photography
  • Skills: Creativity : imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Collaboration : group projects, teamwork, Tech Skills : digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: August 7, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
  • Version: 1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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