App Review: Minimal Pairs Academy


If you read my app reviews, you will know that Smarty Ears is one of my all time favorite app makers. I love all of their apps, and love that many are based on evidence-based practice which is so important!

This app is called Minimal Pairs Academy and is based on the cycles approach for phonology!

When you open the app, you are greeted with the picture above. I like that is bright and colorful, but not super overwhelming. From here, you can start the app or view previous reports.

To start, you can choose up to four students to play at once.


You can also double tap the pictures of the students to edit their goals. Check out all of the options for targets below:


This doesn’t even show all of the options (you can scroll to see more) so the variety of targets is fantastic. If you look on the bottom of the first picture above, you can see that you can target auditory bombardment, auditory discrimination, production, and phrase completion.


Auditory bombardment is shown above. On this level, the app says a word and your student finds the corresponding picture until they are all gone.


This is an example of the phrase completion level. As you can see, there is a phrase on the top and two minimal pair options below.


The production level is the classic minimal pairs activity. The flipped over card is a minimal pair of the image shown.


Last is auditory discrimination. Two images are shown with a word and your student must find the corresponding image!

One thing that you might have noticed throughout is that this app takes great data! You can either take it yourself (see the green, yellow, and red circles at the bottom of some screens) or the app takes it itself like in the auditory discrimination page. I love this feature. Check out some of the data it takes below:


One great thing about most Smarty Ears apps is the ability to customize. In the settings, you can adjust word lists and more!

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I love this app, and that it does most of the work for you. It does take a bit of time to get all of the students in the system and their goals set, but once you do it’s smooth sailing after that! This app truly does it all. I trust Smarty Ears apps to have minimal crashing and issues AND to be based off current research, which is very important to me. The voice in the app is surprisingly clear, as are the pictures used.

As I hope you can tell from this review, I’d definitely recommend this fantastic app for your phonology kiddos! It’s available in the iTunes store for $19.99 here.

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    April 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    This looks like a great app

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