Thursday, May 2, 2013

{App Review} Conversation Builder by Mobile Education Store

ConversationBuilder by Mobile Education Store {App Review}

I am so excited to have the opportunity to review ConversationBuilder by Mobile Education Store.  I couldn't wait to use this app with my elementary students.  Many students on my caseload struggle with social skills and pragmatics especially starting and engaging in conversations with their peers.  If you have students with similar goals and areas of struggle, this is certainly a must have app.

This app teaches students to start and build conversations in a variety of social settings (i.e. around town, playground, etc.) using visuals and verbal exchanges.  Students start to learn how to introduce themselves, ask questions, make observations and change the subject of the conversation.

Some awesome features of this app include: 

  • Students record their own voices
  • 160 different conversations
  • Students can initiate or respond to conversations
  • Conversations can be saved and/or e-mailed
  • Student information can be personalized (i.e. name, age, etc.)
  • Personal images can be added
How to use this app:

Students will begin by setting up a user profile (inserting name, age, city, etc.).  Then you have the ability to choose “Conversation Type”.
1 on 1 – 4 Exchange: The student has 4 conversational exchanges with the virtual peer, each taking 2 turns when speaking.
1 on 1 – 8 Exchange: The student has 8 conversational exchanges with the virtual peer, each taking 4 turns when speaking.
Group: Each student takes turns having conversational exchanges with real-life peer.

Next, a specific module can be chosen or you can randomize all available modules (i.e. Animals, Friends Around Town, etc.).  I love that there are different modules to target a variety of social settings.  Once it is all set up, your students can start playing!

I allowed the students in my groups take turns with each other.  Each student takes a look at the picture and listens to the verbal cue (part of the conversation exchange).  The student then chooses which statement or question (as seen on the screen) should come next in the conversation.  If the student makes an incorrect choice, he/she can try again.  The student will verbally record his/her response once the correct answer is chosen.  After the entire conversation has been recorded, the students can play back and hear it all put together!  Of course this was exciting for them to actually hear their own voices.

This app is currently available at the iTunes App Store for the iPhone for $7.99 and the iPad for $19.99.

Overall, I would highly recommend this app for elementary students working on conversation and social skills.  Be sure to head over to MobileEducation Store’s website for more information and to check out their other amazing apps.  You can also click HERE to go directly to the iTunes App Store and grab this app!

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