Monday, October 29, 2012

Preposition Builder Review and Giveaway!

Preposition Builder 
by Mobile Education Store

Click Here to view in iTunes

This app is a simple way to work on understanding and using prepositions in sentences. This app is perfect for school aged kids who struggle with this language concept.  What makes this app unique is that it provides a visual picture of the target preposition. If the child chooses the wrong preposition it changes the picture to the one they picked. This gives the child instant feedback and they learn the differences between the prepositions.

The format: A sentence is presented with a picture below it. The task is to fill in the blank with the correct preposition that the picture is depicting. For example:  It may show a picture of shoes under a bed and the stimulus sentence would be "The shoes are _________________the bed."  Three answer choices are presented under the picture (under, on, in) and the child has to drag the correct preposition in the blank. After they complete the sentence you can record the child saying the sentence and listen to it.  This is a great way to reinforce the target (receptively and expressively).

Targets included: 
Out of/Next to/Away from

FEATURES (listed on iTunes)
- Simple and intuitive drag and drop interface to build sentences.
- 9 preposition modules including the 28 most common prepositions
- 300 images to build sentences around
- Record feature allows students to record completed sentences in their own voice
- Recordings can be archived and emailed for later play
- Each student has their own archive page
- Optional correct sentence audio re-enforcement
- Statistics to track individual students progress
- 11 animations for the student to unlock during play. Each animation tells part of a larger story.

How I use this app: I use this app as it is intended for my students who struggle with prepositions. I also encounter younger children who struggle with this skills and I have found a way to use this app with them. I show the student the picture and ask them a question about where the item is. If they choose correctly I show them the word and let them drag it. After that I have them repeat the phrase to me. (If they have limited phrase length or MLU, I will shorten the phrase significantly). For example: I will show them the picture of the tiger in the cage and say "Where is the tiger?" (I will pause here to see if they can spontaneously answer) Then I will say "Is the tiger IN the cage or UNDER the cage" (emphasizing the preposition word). This method allows you to use this app with elementary aged students and with your younger kids (2-4).

What I like: I like the visual representations this app provides of the prepositions and the direct feedback the child receives from the pictures. I love that you can record and have the child listen to their own voice. I also like the cute reward animations! My clients really like working hard for those animations!!! I also appreciate the data tracking and emailable reports.

What I would like to see: Making different levels for younger and older students. (Level one could have short and simple phrases).  I would like to see a more modern stats page. As a speech therapist I have to report measurable progress and usually that translates to percentages. You can do this with the current stats (it tracks how many you get on the 1st attempt, 2nd attempt, and 3 attempt) I do not find tracking data this way is as usable as an overall percentage of accuracy.

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  1. Rainbow Sentences, First Phrases, Apraxia Speech Sound Cards

  2. I love Tense Builder. The kids really enjoy the little videos. I also like Rainbow Sentences, First Phrases, and ALL the Toca Boca apps

  3. First Phrase, My first apps, and Story Wheel.