****Congratulations to Debby C. who won the giveaway!****
I use the apps from Mobile Education Store frequently because they do a wonderful job of targeting specific goals, I love the way they handle errors and, most importantly, their graphics/humor perfectly balance on “youthful” without crossing into “babyish.” (This really increases the utility of their apps since I don’t need to worry about a student aging out of the design style before they master the target.)
Tense Builder covers future, present and past tenses of both regular (17 choices) and irregular (37 choices) verbs.
Quick Overview: The app does so much of the work for you that, while there is a very helpful tutorial, you could easily just get started. Once you hit “play,” you’ll see a screen with a scene and “play movie” below. Hit that, and watch a cute and often humorous animation. Once completed, the child will see a screen with an array of screen shots from the movie. They’ll be asked a question, ie. “Which picture shows the bird sang?” (a written prompt also appears). The student selects an answer. If correct, they move on to the next animation. If incorrect, they receive a lesson on what the picture thy chose actually represents and given the chance to try again.
In “Settings” it’s easy to add students and customize the tense(s) you are working on, even the actual verbs you want to include. You can choose long or short lesson and type of prompts. The app retains scores and has options for sharing.
As I’ve mentioned, I have a few students working on tenses and they all love watching the animations on this app. However their performance was initially so poor, I began to wonder if the pictures were confusing for some reason. So I recruited a few “typical” peers (kindergarten and 1st grade) all of whom sailed through with no issue! That encouraged me to take a step back and do additional lower level work (click here for post) before trying again. Now we’re moving along fine.
While I was given a free copy of this app for review, all opinion expressed are strictly my own. And I have an additional copy (a $19.99 value) to give away! To enter, leave a comment letting us know your favorite action—for me it’s dancing. You have until midnight on Sunday, February 2, 2014 EST to enter. One lucky entry will be selected at random and announced on Monday, February 3, 2014. Good luck!