ConversationBuilder by Mobile Education Store –Review & Giveaway #BHSM

ConversationBuilder by Mobile Education Store –Review & Giveaway #BHSM



For Better Hearing and Speech Month 2015 we have 2 copies of this app to give away. We reviewed it in 2011, you can read our full review below.

20111105-172332.jpgConversation Builder is part of the Builder series of Language apps from Mobile Education Store, which was founded by Kyle Thomson, to create engaging language apps for children with high functioning Autism. In doing so he has created a range of apps that are not only suitable for children on the autism spectrum, but for any child needing to work on their language skills.

The app includes a very detailed instruction page, which explains all of its features and also includes a link to a video tutorial. Before you can start to use the app you need to create a user profile including name, age, city and interests, this information is used to personalise the app for the individual student.

The concept is simple – the student sees a photograph of a child engaging in an activity, and then has a conversation with the child based on the activity. At each turn the student has to choose from 3 responses, and pick the best one for moving the conversation forward in a natural way. If they choose an inappropriate response they are gently redirected to try again, once they have the correct response they can record themselves, and then hear a pre-recorded response. This pattern is repeated, and then the student gets to play back the whole conversation – and basically hears themselves conversing with the child in the picture. This provides incredible feedback – they just love to hear themselves having a successful 2-way conversation.

20111105-200111.jpgYou can continue on this level or increase the conversation length to 8 utterances (4 from the student and 4 pre-recorded). The app can also be used in a group setting, where instead of the app providing the responses it just gives a picture to start the conversation and then the iPad is passed from child to child for their part of the conversation, and then they can listen to the recording of the whole conversation. You can also save or email recorded conversations.

This is a wonderful app on many levels – it teaches the nuances of conversation e.g. how it’s often better to ask a question rather than just make an observation, how to stay on topic but also when it’s OK to introduce a new subject. It also helps by teaching ways to initiate a conversation and how to keep the conversation flowing naturally. Learning how to have a real 2-way conversation with your peers is a really important life-skill, but it can be hard to master. Trying to learn these skills by role-playing with adults or their peers can be a very awkward and painful experience, but by doing this with the iPad it becomes fun. Having the material presented in a visual as well is auditory format is also very helpful.

This app is very useful for special needs children who need extra help with their social skills, but it is also an incredibly useful tool for any child who needs help in developing their conversational skills. Being able to freely converse with their peers is a very important skill that many normally developing children also struggle with, and it is hugely important for helping to build and maintain friendships.

20111105-200120.jpgThe app includes 160 conversations. I highly recommend this app as it has really helped my own shy 7 year old with his conversational skills.

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ConversationBuilder™ – Mobile Education Store LLC

ConversationBuilder™
ConversationBuilder™
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 121.29 MB

$19.99USD

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Giveaway

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
 The Great Inventors by Dream Made – Review

The Great Inventors by Dream Made – Review



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What we love…

bright colorful graphics that engaged my son and answered many of his “how was this made” and “can you tell me about how a lightbulb was invented”

What we’d love to see…

Different parental gate, ability to time travel by period rather than just tapping on the clock as well as the ability to see what happens to an item over time (evolving)

Summary

Great animation, educational app that helps children answer many of the – “Can you help me understand” questions

Our Rating

The Great InventorsThe Great Inventors by Dream Made is a universal app for iOS which helps you as a parent answer many of the questions that your children might have.  Questions that you can answer in the app include: who invented the radio, when was the light bulb invented and more.  The app features three scenes that allow you to travel to different times as well as three mini games to test your knowledge after using the app.  Within the app. there is a question mark you can tap on within each of the scenes which pops up a description of the item as well as reading it to you.  The question marks also appear on different individuals like Benjamin Franklin and tells the story of how he invented the lightening rod to prevent damage and fires.  The narration within the app is available in English, German, Italian.

As a parent of a child in kindergarten, I find myself constantly answering questions like, why do we travel in cars now versus carriages or who invented this?  This app is the perfect answer to that in an interactive fun way that will have children engaged and learning from the moment they begin to play.  The app also includes three different mini games, one focuses on matching (via flipping memory cards), the second focuses on on patterning (you see a sequencing and it have to add the next card in the sequence) and the third game has you matching an inventor to an item such as Ben Franklin to the lightening rod and Daguree to the camera.

The app provides three different scenes – all of which allow for “time travel” between them by tapping on a clock.  When you tap on it it moves you a different period in history – and includes animations such as a horse drawn carriage and a hot air baloon.  In the next scene you see airplanes flying, a cotton mill in one era and then in the third scene you see a car driving, rocket blasting off, motorcycle running, and the invention of the telephone.  It was interesting for my son to realize how the items changed over time especially the telephone from a large device to a small smart phone like my iPhone that has a touch screen.

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I loved how the app appropriately illustrated different items from history including a camera, light bulb, and also how it allowed you to travel through time while tapping on different items (like a car) to learn more about it such as Karl Benz inventing a car.  The language to describe each of the inventions was easy enough for a child to understand and navigate.  The illustrations were bright and each of the items was easy to see and then provided the opportunity for me to talk to my son about how items evolved over time such as a car and a light bulb.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the parental gate enhanced so it pulls you to a separate screen rather than directly into iTunes.  I did like that the gate was difficult enough that most children wouldn’t immediately be able to answer the question.  I would also like the ability to set language behind a parental gate rather than changing it on the fly within the app.  I would also like to be able to tap on the clock to pick which scene I went to rather than having to go through them in a step by step sequence.  I would also love to see in a future version after an item was invented – what happened in the next era.  When the light bulb was invented for example how has that evolved and changed over time?

This app contains a parental gate which when a multiplication math problem is solved pulls you directly into iTunes for another app that is made by the same developer, in app purchases or advertising.

Overall, I felt this app had great animation, was bright and educational for children and helped answer many of the “how was this invented” or “why do we have” questions that my son asked me.  This app is best suited to early to mid grade school and was fun, interactive and educational all at the same time.  My son enjoyed the learning games and told his teacher about how the lightbulb was invented.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 Avokiddo App Roundup and $100 Amazon or iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

Avokiddo App Roundup and $100 Amazon or iTunes Gift Card Giveaway



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Avokiddo ABC Ride

Avokiddo ABC Ride by Avokiddo is a universal app for iOS designed to help your children learn their ABC’s in a fun and interactive way with Beck and Bo. This app allows your children to ride a bike along a path and for each letter there is a “stop” where they learn and practice a specific letter while having trying out each letter in a way that helps them remember. The app not only practices letters, it also includes spelling practice, a game along with each letter along with interactions which help children remember each letter and familiarize them with a specific word to remember it. This app practices expressive and receptive language, spelling, fine motor skills including dragging, gripping and pinching.  Read our full review of this five star app which we felt was a top notch ABC app that also teaches spelling and phonics in a fun and engaging way!

Avokiddo ABC Ride – Official App Trailer from Avokiddo on Vimeo.



Avokiddo ABC Ride - Fun Alphabet & Spelling Games Avokiddo ABC Ride - Fun Alphabet & Spelling Games by AVOKIDDO

Price: $2.99 USD

Have you ever seen the letter E hatched from an egg? How about a K popping out of a kangaroo’s pouch? Ride your bike and enjoy an exciting hide and seek, letter adventure with Beck and Bo! Solve fun.

beck and bo header 6 Beck and Bo – Review & Giveaway

beckandbo icon 4 150x150 Beck and Bo – Review & GiveawayBeck and Bo is a unique fun, educational app for children aged 2-6 years old.  It is available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and is also available for Android. It is part puzzle, part free play. Children play with objects in the scenes, listen to their names and sounds, and see how these words are spelled in the interactive albums. It contains twelve different scenes to explore. There are no adverts, social media links or in-app purchases. It can be enjoyed in English or Swedish. The app is accompanied by lively background music and realistic sound effects. In the sound settings you can choose from sounds only, sounds and names or mute settings.  Read iMum Mary’s review.

Beck and Bo – Official App Trailer from Avokiddo on Vimeo.



Beck & Bo: Toddler First Words, Pretend Play Games Beck & Bo: Toddler First Words, Pretend Play Games by AVOKIDDO

Price: $2.99 USD

Build beautiful, animated scenes with characters, objects and animals, play house and learn new words! Beck and Bo is a puzzle game and pretend play adventure that helps children become familiar with .

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758013 larger Avokiddo Emotions by by Avokiddo – ReviewAvokiddo Emotions by Avokiddo is a delightfully interactive universal app for iOS featuring a giraffe, zebra and a shy and sleepy sheep. The app allows you to select one of the animals and explore the “cause and effect” of hats, objects, foods and even backgrounds to see what they like and do not like. Avokiddo was founded in 2013 as a spin-off of react-IN and previously released an iMum favorite, Beck and Bo in 2012. The app targets children aged 2 to 8 with a variety of activities that include dressing the animals, feeding them a variety of foods which drop from the sky as well as musical instruments, and a variety of other objects. Children simply choose an animal, and then when they are done with the objects on the screen, pull down a handle and then a variety of new objects fall from the sky. . To test an object with the animal, you must simply touch it and then it will perform an action, sometimes the object will stop the action when it is released like the bubbles, and other times the object like the radio will continue to play. This app is a great one for practicing speech, mimicking of specific patterns like blowing a bubble or breathing through a snorkel as well as looking at how the animal feels about the choices you have made for them and creative free play.  Read our full review of this five star app! Delightful app that will provide hours of fun for your child and practices so many different skills including speech, understanding of feelings, creative and free play as well as teaching us that we are each unique.

Avokiddo Emotions – App Official Trailer from Avokiddo on Vimeo.



Avokiddo Emotions - Dress, Feed, Play With Animals Avokiddo Emotions - Dress, Feed, Play With Animals by AVOKIDDO

Price: $2.99 USD

Give your children a serious case of the giggles when you introduce them to a zany zebra, shy sheep, jolly giraffe and modest moose! Dress up, feed, play and care for these cute animals and discover dozens.

Giveaway

If you would like to win an $100 Amazon or iTunes gift card, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
 See.Touch.Learn. PRO 3.0 by Brain Parade – Review

See.Touch.Learn. PRO 3.0 by Brain Parade – Review




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What we love…

Beautiful images; the ability to customize lessons or search community-made lessons; the ability to track user data

What we’d love to see…

randomized presentation of exercises, randomized correct/incorrect answer sounds

Summary

An electronic set of  ABA/ language arts flash cards – with the option to make custom lessons or download pre-made lessons from an ever-growing community-based library.

Our Rating

Reviewed by Mary and MaricaSee.Touch.Learn Pro See the image, Touch the image, Learn – simple as that!  We first reviewed See.Touch.Learn. in 2012 but is has had some major updates since then with a new voice, new lesson generator. lots of new images and libraries, a collaborative community and a sleek new interface.

This app is designed to replace physical flashcards and was initially designed for ABA therapy for Autism, but has a host of other uses including Speech Therapy and Language Arts instruction.The app starts with pre-made lessons and goes to lessons limited only by your imagination. Users are greeted by images and either a verbal or written response as to which item(s) to select. Correct answers are rewarded with verbal praise, incorrect answers are redirected with an auditory cue (and an image wiggle option available in settings). Many custom settings are available. At first, it takes a bit to get familiar with the program, but only because there are so many options! We found the online help videos loaded with information and tips.

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The PRO and SITE versions give access to over 40 libraries containing more than 4,400 images and 2,200 exercises. Even more appealing is access to the ever-growing community based libraries of images, lessons, and exercises. Here users can search through pre-made lessons covering a wide range of topics – social/emotional, environmental safety awareness, familiar books/stories, letters, sight/dolch words… the list is endless.

Brain Parade gives tons of online support too – from an update blog, video libraries of help topics, to community based support forums. And, throughout the app and on the websites, you find numerous links to provide feedback (both ideas and questions).

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A few minor errors we found – a glitch in the student the data tracker on the iPad2 but it worked fine on the iPad-mini. When creating lessons and using the random exercise generator, the same two images are placed in the same exercise. You can go through the lesson editor and change the double images, but it would be nice to avoid the duplication all together.

 

See.Touch.Learn. is a Speech Therapist’s and a Special Education Teacher’s dream come true. Producers thought of all the stops with this app. The only downside is that the full version is pricey – currently $39.99, but it does have a huge amount of content and a lite version is available for free, so users can try before they buy. This free version includes the ability to use pre-made lessons or customize lessons using the provided images (along with in-app purchases to the Custom Card Creator and community library of lessons/images). The PRO version has an IAP available (currently $4.99) to add student data collection, but everything else is included.

All in all See.Touch.Learn. is a ready to use and fully customizable app all rolled into one beautiful package. It’s an excellent addition to your language arts bag of tricks!

See.Touch.Learn Pro – Brain Parade

See.Touch.Learn Pro See.Touch.Learn Pro by Brain Parade

Price: $49.99 USD

Includes 4,400 pictures, 2,200 exercises and access to the Brain Parade Community with over 4,000 lessons developed by peers. Visual Instruction for Autism and Special Needs. More than 500,000 users in.

Free lite version : See.Touch.Learn. – Brain Parade

See.Touch.Learn. See.Touch.Learn. by Brain Parade

Price: $FREE

Visual Instruction for Autism and Special Needs. Replace all of your flash cards with the 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises developed by professionals. More than 500,000 users in 104 countries! Create.

GIVEAWAY

We have 2 copies of the PRO version to giveaway. Winners will be emailed and must respond within 48 hrs to claim their prize

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“Marica is a married mother of three girls (ages 3, 7, and 9). She works as a school based occupational therapist in Northwest Ohio servicing children with unique needs from ages 3 -22. In her free time ☺ she enjoys learning and exploring with her loving family.

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