App Name/Publisher: ConversationBuilder/Mobile Education Tools
Many students require training in “scripting” and sustaining conversational turns in logical and topical ways, but there are not a lot of engaging materials to facilitate these goals. Conversation Builder provides picture stimuli and auditory prompts that allow students to practice initiating and continuing conversations of varying lengths (4-8 turns). Additionally, students can engage in both multiple-choice and open-ended modes and “pass the iPad” to a peer to continue the activity in a group setting. Both modes allow students to record and play back the entire conversation to assist in internalizing the script. Conversation Builder seems to really fill a gap in terms of engaging and useful materials for this intervention area. It also provides a data source to measure progress on “# of turns in conversation type of IEP goals” and makes great use of the iPad interface (in terms of high-quality visuals, use of audio).
App Benefits/Likes: “Group” (open-ended) mode of play will allow clinicians to shape and reinforce a variety of appropriate scripts. Visual supports and recording features facilitate student’s engagement with the app, participation and learning.
Cautions: Initial conversation modules are not those that students would most encounter in the school setting and could be more functional. 1-1 Mode (multiple choice) “correct” responses are a bit arbitrary (fine subtleties between response choices) and often more than one could be appropriate for the situation.
Expressive & Receptive Language
Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Early Elementary (Grades 1 – 3)
Upper Elementary (Grades 3- 6)
Middle School/Junior High (Grades 7-9)
How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Touch and release
Type of Device
$5.99 for base app (additional conversational modules are available for purchase in-app)
Would you recommend this app?
Sean Sweeney M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Jeremy Legaspi CCC-SLP and Renena Joy, M.Sc., S-LP(C)
May 15th, 2011
Disclosure: Reviewers received a promo code for this app.