Apps Day Review — TenseBuilder (Mobile Education Store)

Ok, friends, it’s time for review #2 from Mobile Education Store! You can read my other review posted today — SentenceBuilderTeen. Next up — TenseBuilder. (Be sure to click over to my Apps Day Giveaway, where I am giving away one of these apps in nice bundle of apps)

The Mobile Education Store was born from a father’s desire to help his special needs daughter.  Our family had invested thousands of dollars in special education software, and almost always came away from the experience disappointed.  Not only were the programs incredibly expensive, but they lacked the variety of content and engaging play that makes our daughter WANT to play.  We exist to fill the large gap that exists between the availability and cost of commercial special needs software and the needs of everyday parents.

TenseBuilder uses amazing movie-quality video lessons (48 available now, expanding to 54) to demonstrate past, present and future tense, with special attention to the past tense of irregular verbs. With 2 levels of play and a host of options that include Correct Answer Reinforcement and Audio Instructions, and the choice of long or short lessons, this language arts app gives your student a fun and interactive way to learn more about verb tense. 

Each video is accompanied by a focused verb. The videos are animated and crystal clear. Really beautiful. And silly. It’s the silly factor that appealed to Ben. They are short videos showing the action of the verb. The following is a screenshot of one of the videos: 
 The video lasts for about 10-15 seconds and shows the artist finishing the painting. Once the video completes, the exercise pops up and you student will simply drag the correct word or phrase up to the blank in the sentence. 
Should you student need a tutorial in how to form the verb tenses of any word in any exercise, there is a “Full Lesson” option that will explain, both with audio and video, how to conjugate the verb. 
Like all of the apps from Mobile Education Store, this app meets the needs of all learning types — auditory, visual, and tactile — and was designed to be used with special needs students. It is apparently very popular with speech language pathologists for use with speech therapy clients. There is an option for the student to record their sentences in their own voice to assist with both receptive and expressive speech. 
Ben doesn’t have any speech therapy needs, but this app has been helpful (and enjoyable!) for reinforcing verb tense for him. Irregular verbs can sometimes be challenging to any child. But I can see the most value for those children with speech needs or other special learning needs where integrating the visual, auditory and  tactile factors can be beneficial. 
The app keeps track of your child’s stats and can email them to you. It can also email the saved recordings. 
The cost for  TenseBuilder is $19.99 on the Appstore and is compatible with iPad only –iOS 5.0 or later. When considering the cost of this app, bear in mind that it is as much, if not more so, a therapy app, than an educational one. While it certainly teaches verb tense, it functions much more as a multi-sensory speech therapy tool, unlike most standard language arts apps. 

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