Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Sentence Builder Teen
Sentence Builder Teen by Mobile Education Store
Design: This app is designed to help teenagers build grammatically correct sentences. The content is identical to the Sentence Builder App, however, there is a focus on connector words and teen friendly images.
The app features 100 images, 3 levels of play, 30 audio clips and stats to track progress. Multiple users may be entered as players and during set up, the clinician is given the option of teen boy or teen girl game packs.
During game play, the image appears on the screen with accompanying multi-wheel picker that the student uses to formulate a sentence about the image. In level 1, the student chooses a modifier and verb to complete a sentence. In level 2, the student selects a modifier, verb and adjective from a field of 2, 3 or 5 choices to complete a sentence. In level 3, the student chooses a modifier, verb and adjective from a field of 5 choices to create a sentence.
This app can be used to target expressive language and sentence formulation. The clinician can also target identification/use of modifiers/adjectives/verbs. Clinicians can monitor use of specific grammar structures such as pronouns or verb tense. Some images can target inferencing skills. For example, on image depicts a young lady holding a set of keys with the accompanying sentence, "She just learned to drive." The images and sentences can also be utilized as prompts to write paragraphs or stories.
One great benefit to this app is that it is meant to target older students. My middle school students seemed to enjoy using the app. The images were appropriate for teens and I felt I could target a variety of objectives using the app.
Some of my students felt the reinforcement phrases were geared toward younger students. There is an option in the settings that is meant to give you the choice of turning the reinforcer phrases on or off, however, I was unable to turn them off. There is no option to have the words read out loud, so the clinician must read the words to lower level readers. Finally, the data tracking does not give percentages. While that is not mandatory, I am spoiled and do prefer that my apps give me percentages.
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Would you recommend this app?
Although I did find some cons to this app, overall I was satisfied and would recommend it to others.
Sentence Builder Teen
Deb Tomarakos, M.A. CCC/SLP 12/29/2011