StoryBuilder for iPad by Mobile Education Store- Review

StoryBuilder for iPad by Mobile Education Store- Review




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What we love…

Provides different levels of support! Can save and email stories

What we’d love to see…

Ability to select specific stories. Ability to add own stories

Summary

Great app to take skills to the next level!

Our Rating

 

StoryBuilder for iPadStoryBuilder  is part of a series of educational apps from Seattle-based developer Mobile Education Store. The iMums have reviewed several others of the series including ConversationBuilder, PrepositionBuilder, and TenseBuilder. StoryBuilder was designed to help children: improve paragraph formation, improve integration of ideas and improve higher level abstractions by inference. The company used audio clips to improve auditory processing of information presented by combining auditory and visual presentation. The app is available in iPhone and iPad versions, this review is of the iPad version.

 

Many students can make a sentence or a series of sentences but have a difficult time making a group of sentences that tie together to make a story that the listener can understand. This app helps teach kids to accomplish this by providing assistance at varying levels, depending on where the student is performing, (by changing the settings to include the assistance the student needs and then taking out the assistance as the students skills increase. here are 50 different stories!

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This app builds skills learned in earlier builder series apps. There are three levels of play. Questions can be presented aurally with or without visually. A sentence starter can be presented to assist beginning students. The student records their answer. The answer can be played back. The question can be repeated and the answer can be rerecorded. Then the next question is presented and recorded. When all parts of the story are recorded the student can playback the whole story. The story can be saved to be listened to later, or it can be emailed to the parent. Each student has his or her own page of saved stories. Photos can be imported from camera or library on your device.

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My students love to hear their stories when they are completed and share them with their other teachers and family members. This allows students to have success with some scaffolding that they would not have otherwise! This app is useful not only for students in Speech Therapy but also for children in regular education who have difficulty creating and telling stories.

 

The stories are presented in one order on this app. I would love to be able to choose what stories my students are interested in and to add my own pictures to create their own stories.

Overall this is a great app to take skills to the next level, the iPad version is currently $7.99 and the iPhone version $5.99 it is a good buy at this price.

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StoryBuilder for iPad – Mobile Education Store LLC

StoryBuilder for iPad
StoryBuilder for iPad
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Entertainment
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: 48.7 MB

$7.99USD

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StoryBuilder – Mobile Education Store LLC

StoryBuilder
StoryBuilder
by Mobile Education Store LLC

Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPodTouchSecondGen-iPod-touch-with-mic, iPhone3G-iPhone-3G, iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 23.8 MB

$5.99USD

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 Addimal Adventure by Teachley – Review

Addimal Adventure by Teachley – Review


What we love…

The teaching of addition strategies that are rarely covered in apps.

What we’d love to see…

Progress tracking for multiple users (coming soon).

Summary

This is a very well designed addition specialist app and a must-have for every student who wants to excel in math.

Our Rating

Addimal Adventure is a story-based math app designed solely for learning, practising and memorizing addition within 20. It tells the story of the evil Professor Possum’s plan to destroy the world and how Captain Memo and the Addimals are all set to train your child, the hero, to stop the Professor. The training for your child consist of a Tool round and a Speed round.

In the Tool round, the hero learns 4 addition strategies to solve single-digit addition. Each strategy is paired with an Addimal character – Count All, Count On, Doubles and Tens who will guide the hero to solve addition problems step by step. The app begins with a quick tutorial on how to use the number line to count on and submit answers.  Besides the number line, kids also learn how to use virtual manipulative to help them understand the mathematical thinking of the addition strategies which enables them to transfer their knowledge from the concrete to the abstract.

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When learning in the Tool round, the student sees the addition problem represented visually with blocks and he is presented with a choice of 2 or more addition strategies to solve the problem. Depending on what he chooses, the app automatically arranges the blocks and prepares the appropriate tool to use with the blocks before the respective Addimal starts teaching.

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The Count All and Count On strategies are always available in the Tool round but the derived fact strategies, Doubles and Tens are only available when appropriate depending on the nature of the addition sentence presented, level of play chosen and how the student is doing. The student is free to choose or even change the tool he wants to use at any time and there is no time limit which allows students to explore and think.

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The Speed round is where the student tries to win back the golden blocks from the evil Professor to restore El Sumado (a city that was destroyed by the Professor) by solving addition problems quickly. The student is given 2 chances to answer each addition question. If he answers correctly within 3 seconds, he earns the golden block and the addition problem is marked as memorized (golden block) in the Reporting chart. If he fails, an Addimal will appear to give hints on the appropriate strategy to use and the student gets a second chance to answer. If he gets it right this time, the addition problem is marked as correct (green block in the report). A red block marks those that need work. This progress report even gives details like how many attempts were made to solve each addition problem in the Tool/Speed round and how many of these were correctly answered.

 

While kids are excitedly solving problems in the Speed round, they learn to use the appropriate strategies quickly and eventually memorize the addition facts. More than that, kids are also exposed to addition problems with zero as addends and the quick use of fingers to count on from the larger number in this round.

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A good quality educational app is always customizable and Addimal Adventure allows a combination of different modes and levels to suit your child/student’s needs. Options:-
a) Background music – on or off
b) Single user (with progress tracking) or shared users (game restarts 5 minutes after exiting from app). I’ve been told that we can soon track the progress of multiple users in the next app update.
c) Mode – Normal (sets of 7 addition problems in Tool round and  10 problems in the Speed round), Tool round only or Speed round only
d) Level – Easy (addition within 10), Medium (addition within 15), Hard (addition within 20) and Normal (student progresses through the levels from easy to hard)

 

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There are little details in how the Tool and Speed rounds are executed which I really appreciate e.g. the differentiated colors of the addends, the ability to touch/move the blocks, the different types of number line used (one for sliding in the Tool round which facilitates counting on and another number line for quick tapping in the Speed round), the repetition of the addition facts after each addition problem is answered (regardless it was correct or not) and the enthusiastic Addimals who are always on hand to guide and to encourage. From counting all, counting on, using derived addition facts to memorizing these facts, your child may take more than a few months or even years to master these skills, so this app has a long  service life.

 

20130920-103436.jpgAddimal Adventure has great animations and fun characters which will appeal to kids. It is very polished and well implemented too. It is an addition specialist app that is not only useful for kids but also great for parents who are not familiar with the use of visual models to do addition. I own many math apps but I haven’t seen one that explicitly teaches kids to effectively use addition strategies to add faster and to add bigger numbers easily. Not until Addimal Adventure. So look no further, download the lite version and try it for yourself today!

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Category: Education, Games, Educational, Strategy
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: 140.23 MB

$3.99USD

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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 Pronouns With Splingo by The Speech And Language Store LLP – Review

Pronouns With Splingo by The Speech And Language Store LLP – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful graphics, simple and easy game play, appeals to three learning styles.

What we’d love to see…

Pronouns highlighted in captioning.

Summary

This app does a great job teaching about pronouns and makes learning about them fun.

Our Rating

Pronouns With Splingo by Speech and Language Store, LLP is an enjoyable app that does a fantastic job of teaching children the proper use of pronouns. It covers both personal pronouns and possessive pronouns.

The game play is very simple. The player is presented a scene with two groups of people and one object. There are altogether five different scenes (a café, park, zoo, school and a toy shop) and the objects presented relate to the respective scenes. A statement is given regarding the object such as “give the ball to her” or “ they want the ball”. The player must then give the object to the group of people or person it belongs to. A correct response generates positive auditory feedback. An incorrect response will trigger a light sound and the object is returned to the middle of the screen, giving the player a chance to correct his or her answer. After five correct responses, the player gets to pick three items to put in a virtual bedroom. There are 15 animated items to choose from. Once all the items have been earned, the game ends and you can start another game.

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Like the other Splingo apps (Splingo’s Language Universe and Receptive Language Assessment), Pronouns with Splingo is customizable. You can choose which pronoun(s) you want to work on, use US or UK voice (no alien voice effect though) and have the instruction statement displayed or not. There is also an information page on hints and tips for using the app. The new Pause button in this Splingo app is a welcome addition, allowing kids time to practise expressive use of the pronouns during the game.

 

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The graphics and animations in this app are pleasing, easily capturing a child’s attention. The audio is very intelligible and I love that you can turn captions on and off. I prefer to leave them on so that my child can read them as well which is great for testing reading comprehension. You can save the game at any point to be continued later and up to 5 users’ games can be saved, which is helpful for those who work with several children.

 

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The app does a great job in teaching about pronouns because it incorporates all three major learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. My 8 year old son, who is autistic and a visual-kinesthetic learner, found Pronouns With Splingo very appealing and finished the game all the way through in one sitting. This was also perfect for my 6 year old daughter, an auditory-visual learner, who is just learning about pronouns in Language Arts class.

 

What I would love to see in future updates would be the pronouns highlighted in the caption so that the child can identify them in the sentences and consistency in the punctuation.

My children loved Pronouns With Splingo. Although the game play is short, it still did a great job of teaching my children about pronouns and they thought it was a lot of fun. I would recommend it to speech therapists as well as to parents and teachers who work with younger children.

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 Giveaway of rubycube Apps, mobile apps for exceptional minds

Giveaway of rubycube Apps, mobile apps for exceptional minds



To celebrate the launch of a new app in the storysmart series of apps on Social Language Skills – Ruby Gets in the Game, Ruby Cube Inc. is giving away promo codes for their first 2 storysmart apps – Trudy Goes to the Beach and Casey’s Big Day.

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Trudy Goes to the Beach

Trudy is taking a beach trip with her family. Can she make expected choices when her sensory system is overloaded and she’s on a different schedule? What if things don’t go her way? She needs your help to make smart and safe choices!

Casey's Big Day

Casey’s Big Day

Casey has many worries and frustrations on his first day of 5th grade. He will need your help to keep his body in control, keep thoughts inside his head, and keep his cool as he navigates his day in class, in the cafeteria, and on the playground. You can do it, Casey!

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With storysmart™, our innovative suite of animated story apps, your child can learn important social language skills. Blending clinical expertise with clutter-free design to create an engaging platform which focuses on social expectations, storysmart™ apps were developed by a husband and wife team who have a daughter with high-functioning autism. The combined passions of an experienced speech language pathologist and an award-winning designer come together to support communication skills for this ever-growing population of children.

USE YOUR SOCIAL SMARTS!
storysmart™ users engage in a real-life story — a day in the life of our quirky, adorable characters, but they have to help our characters solve problems, comprehend the setting, and use their social smarts to resolve the story and get positive feedback. The primary goal of the storysmart™ apps is to raise the user’s awareness of social expectations and to stimulate critical thinking skills to achieve the best outcomes in those settings.

“Finally, there’s an app that helps children with HFA learn about social expectations! The founders of rubycube have perfectly blended design geared towards visual thinkers and clinical expertise to create a solid product that addresses the core deficit of children on the spectrum.”
Dr. Gary Mesibov – Former Director TEACCH, UNC Chapel Hill

App features:
– PERSONALIZED AUDIO FEEDBACK
Users’ own sounds are played as feedback after each choice is made – both positive and negative. This provides a humorous and personal auditory reinforcement of the choices the user makes.

– MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
storysmart™ presents a learning environment whereby the user can actively modify parts of the story – the character’s words, actions and behaviors – to correct what’s unexpected and achieve the best possible outcomes.

– MORE THAN ONE SOLUTION, JUST LIKE REAL LIFE
storysmart™ gives the user multiple paths by which they can appropriately resolve social situations instead of providing a single solution. Like real life, there is more than one way to achieve the expected outcome!

– ACTIONS, WORDS AND BEHAVIORS DEMONSTRATED
storysmart™ provides a variety of familiar social scenarios in which hundreds of unexpected choices occur, each one visually demonstrated to reinforce the consequences of those choices. As the user freely modifies each choice, the visuals change to reflect and provide context for the new choice. They can literally see the effects of their choices.

– RECORD YOUR OWN VOICE WHILE YOU READ
To aid with reading fluency, users can record their own voice while they read and then play it back to check their accuracy.

– NUANCED CHOICES HELP TO PROMPT CONTEXTUAL AWARENESS
storysmart™ provides a menu of phrases which the user can modify with existing phrases. Some phrases will seem appropriate, but may be out of context with that situation. The user needs to attend to contextual cues in order to interpret those choices and select one that best fits. The app also provides controls to adjust the level of challenge for the user.

– ENGAGING BUT NOT OVERSTIMULATING
Stories are accompanied by animated graphics which reinforce the context of each setting and are designed not to visually overwhelm the user. The music is designed to have a calming effect and to keep the user engaged in the activity.

– CLUTTER-FREE INTERFACE FOR VISUAL THINKERS
The storysmart™ interface is specifically designed to facilitate the learning experience by minimizing clutter on the screen. App controls and navigation can be hidden during use which enables the user to stay focused on the content.

storysmart1: Trudy Goes to the Beach – Social Language Skills – Ruby Cube Inc.

storysmart1: Trudy Goes to the Beach - Social Language Skills storysmart1: Trudy Goes to the Beach - Social Language Skills by Ruby Cube Inc.
Category: Education, Books
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: 73.35 MB

$1.99USD

storysmart2: Casey’s Big Day – Social Language Skills – Ruby Cube Inc.

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Category: Education, Lifestyle
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: 82.52 MB

$1.99USD

storysmart3: Ruby Gets in the Game – Social Language Skills – Ruby Cube Inc.

storysmart3: Ruby Gets in the Game - Social Language Skills storysmart3: Ruby Gets in the Game - Social Language Skills by Ruby Cube Inc.
Category: Education, Lifestyle
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: 87.43 MB

$1.99USD

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If you would like to win a promo code for either Trudy Goes to the Beach or Casey’s Big Day, 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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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

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