No…not Peanut Butter…the Other PB.
Also known as…Free Code…Free Code…Who Wants a Free Code?
Yes, you heard me…I have not one, but two codes for Preposition Builder to give away. Oh, you’re not familiar with Preposition Builder? Okay…Let me review it first – and then I’ll give you the details for the give away. This one will be fun!
Preposition Builder is one of the apps available by the Mobile Education Store. The app works on various prepositions. The user can choose from 9 groups of similar prepositions (e.g., in-on-under; down-up-off). Other user choices are: Audio Instructions, Correct Answer Reinforcement, and Record Correct Answers. At first glance, this app seems similar to the other Mobile Education store apps and is serviceable…A video stimulus comes on the screen with a fill-in-the-blank sentence. Three or four word choices pop up at the bottom of the screen and the child drags the correct words into the blank. In short…it teaches what it’s supposed to teach.
But all is not what it seems. What makes this app unusual is the interactions that occurs based on the client’s responses. For instance in this scene, :
You can see the client is working on “In-On-Under” and the picture stimulus is of a squirrel gathering nuts for winter. At the bottom of the page are the words “On” “In” and “Under.” The client will touch the correct preposition and drag it to the sentence.
Nope…The picture will change based on the choice of the client. If the client chooses the right choice, nothing will happen. If the client chooses the wrong choice the picture will change into a (potentially) very silly picture. For instance, in this picture, the client chose the preposition “in.”
As you can see the picture changed significantly. This can make for very interesting language discussions to say the least!
Unfortunately…it also makes it kind of fun to choose the wrong answer.
Important things about the app…
The price. At $7.99 the price is not bad for an app of this sort.
It keeps data.
It’s interactive. There are 11 motivator stories that are unlocked as the student progresses. These are animated “cartoon” type activities and fun for the kids.
And it’s a functional language need (Oh my gosh, I used the F word!.
Things I would do differently…
I’m not able to see a way to easily do groups with this app. Many (most) of my language groups are done with at least two students. I can absolutely USE the app with two students, but the app doesn’t appear to be able to keep data for them simultaneously. There’s the possibility that we could switch between users for each question, but that’s clunky and time consuming…and frankly when I only have 15-20 minutes, not an efficient use of time.
This app requires the student to be able to read…OR… at the very least to be able to attend while listening to the question and the answer choices. I’ve had a few clients who have a hard time with this aspect. When that happens, the app is no longer fun and becomes a source of frustration for the student (and me).
Overall…I’d say it’s a decent app, and like most of the Mobile Education Store apps, well worth the money. No, it doesn’t do everything I’d like…but really, very few apps are able to meet everybody’s needs. This app does give some fun animations to an otherwise potentially boring subject. It’s great for those kids who are a tad old for “Speech With Milo: Prepositions” or “Preposition Remix.” For my younger students, I still prefer Preposition Remix – but this one is great for those 2nd and 3rd grade students.
Now for the giveaway…Only…It’s not really a give away because you have to earn it. Can I call it an “earn away?” I didn’t think so…
If you would like to win a copy of this fantastic app…There are two things you have the option of doing.
1) Comment here with a description of how you typically work on prepositions in therapy. Not a simple one-liner, but something that would be helpful to the others who are reading…
2) If you are on Pinterest – create a “prepositions” board with a few ideas of how you’d work on prepositions (or other language goals – such as descriptors). Comment here with a link to the board.
The game will close at midnight central time on September 18. I will go through the entries and use a random number generator to determine the winner. I’ll declare the winners on the 19th. Although…really…You’ll all be winners because you’ll have some new resources and ideas for teaching these language targets.
I love games where everyone wins!
Have an awesome weekend! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for the contest!
Until then…Adventure on!