By Mobile Education Store LLC
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Winner - Best reading app of 2011 by the Huffington Post
Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation ; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.
Story Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create a narrative.
-Record feature allows students to record narrative in their own voice
-3 levels of play
-Simple and intuitive interface to record narrative
-Recorded answers are stitched together to create complete narrative
-50 distinct story lines to create narrative from
-500 audio clips of questions to guide narrative
-Optional question text and answer introduction reinforcement
-Email recorded stories
- Compatible with Iphone or iTouch
-2nd and 3rd gen iTouch require external speaker/microphone combo
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- Requires 4.1 software update
Story Builder features SmarTots, the premier mobile education application network for families.
SmarTots provides learning reports and mobile education app reviews that help parents understand what their children are learning. Signing up for SmarTots also gives parents access to fun activities that enhance the educational value of mobile education apps like this one. Click the Parent Button inside this app to get these great features.
Mobile Education Tools is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 6-10, 10+
Categories: Special Needs
What's New in Version 1.6
Fixed bug causing runtime problems with 2nd generation iTouch.
Good tool for struggling learners
Story Builder uses pictures and questioning techniques to illicit responses from the user. The user is able to record their responses into the device, which is complied into a "story", based on answering the comprehension questions. The user is then able to e-mail the response. There are some customizations in the audio and visual, however, there is no speech-to -text integration, nor is there the ability to take data on the responses, or rubric to measure the effectiveness of the responses. I think this is a great app to use in pre-teaching, or reinforcement of comprehension skills, especially in Speech Therapy. I would like to see the ability to have more control over customizations, a menu indicating what pictures are on the app (ie trajectory of lessons), and the ability to take data in some fashion. I would also like to have the ability to use my own pictures and record the questions as well.
Review submitted on behalf of Apps for Children with Special Needs (A4cwsn)
Fun for all ages!
This app is just downright fun! There are a lot of educational apps out there, but often they put so much education in that they forget to be enjoyable. StoryBuilder is one of those apps that you can have a kid play on that will be a joy for them! Starting with basic questions and prompting and going all the way to letting kids build their own story, StoryBuilder helps children bridge their ability to communicate and tell stories. Even without being able to read, this is something my 4 year old would love to play with, looking at the colorful, engaging pictures and telling his own stories! He needs a lot of prompting to tell complete stories, and this is perfect for that! The ability to save stories to play back later just makes it that much more fun. I'll be recommending this to a lot of friends with elementary-aged kids!
Effective Teaching Tool for Elementary Students
For verbal children of late elemenary age, this app is very effective at elliciting inferences about an image and aiding the child to craft a short story (paragraph) told in their own voice. Using varying quantities of questions, the option of sentence prompts, and cartoon images, a child will speak their story and hear it played back for them.
There is an option of emailing the audio clip to share with teachers, friends, family, and therapists (if necessary)'; this is the only way to save the story and it must be done after each picture/story or it is lost. You must have an external microphone to use with the iTouch. My biggest critique is that the images are not of a consistent size -- smaller images get lost on the background.