What better way to start a Monday than with an awesome giveaway?!? Since I am new to this world of using an iPad for therapy, I don’t have a huge arsenal of speech & language apps just yet. When Kyle Tomson at Mobile Education Store contacted me, I did actually know who he was…I had just gotten Rainbow Sentences and was loving it! I jumped at the opportunity to try out another one of his apps, and when I started thinking about my caseload and what apps could be beneficial, I immediately was drawn to Preposition Builder…using prepositions correctly seems to give my students such a hard time! Keep reading for my review and a chance to win this app!
When you open Preposition Builder, this is the welcome screen you see first. There are options to add users and you can toggle on/off audio, reinforcers, and recordings. Each module is listed and you simply touch the one you want to work in. Included are:
- in, on, under
- down, up, off
- above, below, at, by
- behind, between, beside
- out of, next to, away from
- toward, around, through,
- to, from, at
- across, past, over
- with, about, for
As you can see, there is also a option to view a video tutorial, which I highly recommend! You can also find it online HERE.
Once you decide which module to work in, this is the screen that comes up. Each sentence stimulus is presented at the top with a blank where the preposition belongs, followed by awesome cartoon pictures of the sentence, and word choices at the bottom. Students can slide a finger over each answer choice and the word is read aloud to them. Then they drag their answer to the blank. One cool thing about this app is that if the child is wrong, the picture changes to show them what it would look like with the answer they chose, then they get another chance to choose the correct word for the original sentence.
Once they choose the correct preposition, there is an option to record them saying the sentence. This is great for immediate practice of expressive language.
You can choose to save the recording or not. If you do, they are kept in the student’s archives, which you can access from their main page. My students really enjoyed recording their sentences and listening to themselves. This would also be great for self evaluation!
As a reinforcer, students will unlock parts of a pirate story as they complete each module. You can also keep track of their progress with the animations. Since pirates are usually a big hit, this part of the app was fun for my students. They got so excited when they unlocked a part of the story!
There is also this performance report available on each of the students you enter who have played. I really like how it gives you the information on how many attempts it took for them to get it correct. You can also email stats, which is great for data collection or sharing progress with parents or teachers.
Here is what I love about Preposition Builder..
- Engaging for students using great graphics
- Visual and auditory for multi-sensory learning
- Corrects for student errors
- Ability to work on receptive and expressive skills
- Data collection
- Sharing of progress via email
Here is what I would like to see in the future…
- A group option. I very rarely get to work one-on-one, so in my groups I had to go back and change users for every turn.
- The ability to have the stimulus sentence read to the students. I found myself reading it to my non-readers again and again.
Mobile Education Store has quickly become one of my favorite developers. Both apps I have tried have been excellent additions to my therapy tool box. With lots of new things in store for us, they have a newsletter available to sign up for HERE to help keep track. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they come up with!
Preposition Builder is available in iTunes for only $7.99…BUT, I am giving away one copy to a lucky reader!!! Enter to win below via Rafflecopter and good luck!
Mobile Education Store was kind enough to provide one copy of this app to review and one to give away, but all opinions are mine.