I'm so excited to bring you another Mobile Education Store app review! Today I reviewing an app called Story Builder. I work with little ones rather than older students, and while this app may be geared toward older students, I think it would be easily modified for younger students as well.
Story Builder is designed to help children improve paragraph and sentence formation, improve story telling abilities, understand and use inferences, and integrate a multitude of ideas to create a complete story.
When you first open the app it will show the settings screen. Here is where you can change the Level of Play (3 levels), Question Reinforcement (on, intermittent, or off), Color Code Reinforcement (on, intermittent, or off), and Story Introduction Reinforcement (on or off).
Level of Play:
Level 1 - there are four different questions for each picture which allows the student to create a simple story. Most of the questions asked will relate directly to the picture that is being displayed.
Level 2 - seven questions are asked and this level requires students to make inferences about what happened before the pictured event as well as what may happen after the pictured event. This requires are more detailed story.
Level 3 - this level allows the student to make up any story that he/she wishes.
Color Code Reinforcement:
When the color code reinfrocement is on, the questions appear on the screen in a red box at the top of the screen. When off, the background color of the question matches the background color of the picture. Intermittent makes the background flash red only when the question is being asked.
This is very similar to the color code reinforcement. When on, the question is always displayed. When off, the question is never displayed. Intermittent makes the question appear when the question is being asked but then disappears once the audio is finished.
Story Introduction Reinforcement:
This allows you to choose to display a story starter for each story.
Once you select the settings you want, you are free to play the app by selecting Play at the bottom.
Create a Story:
Once you select Play, a picture is displayed and the student is asked a question. Take a look at my example story below. This is an example of a Level 1 story with all of the other settings switched to "on".
What time of year is it?
It is winter.
What did the girl make outside?
The girl made a snowman.
Why did she come inside?
She came inside because she was cold.
What did her mom make for her?
Her mom made her some hot chocolate with marshmallows!
At the end, you can listen to the whole story: It is winter. The girl made a snowman. She came inside because she was cold. Her mom made her some hot chocolate with marshmallows!
Sounds like a pretty simple story? That's just level 1 of play! Level 2 requires higher thinking and the ability to understand inferences.
What I like about this app:
- Recording feature that allows students to hear their own voice telling a story.
- The pictures are fun, colorful, and motivating to students of all ages.
- There are three different levels of play, which makes this app easy to use with students of all ages/grades.
- This app can be used for a variety of language goals including language samples and asking/answering WH-questions. It can even be used with students who are working on articulation goals at the sentence/paragraph/conversational level.
- You can save multiple stories, which allows you to hear progress over time.
- There's a repeat question button that allows the student to hear the question again. There is also a skip picture question which allows the SLP to skip to a new story.
- The question reinforcement, color code reinforcement, and story introduction reinforcement settings are all optional.
- It is simple and easy to use.
Improvements I would like to see:
- The only improvement I can think of is to be able to select specific stories from a menu rather than having to take a chance and skip through each one.
Overall, I would highly recommend this app for any students working on language goals or articulation goals at the sentence/paragraph/conversational level. This app is easy to use with groups and is definitely motivating and fun for students.
You can find this app at the iTunes App Store and it can be downloaded for $7.99 for iPad.
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