As I observed my 6 year old become acquainted with the app, I could see where it could be quite useful for those with special needs . Spence needed a bit of coaching to get started with Story Builder - but he quickly got the hang of it.
It helped for me to ask additional questions about the picture and assure him there were no "right" or "wrong" answers. Once he figured out that it was up to him to make up any story he wanted - he began to use his imagination and answered the questions from Story Builder with much more confidence.
See the grin on his face? He was pretty pleased with himself as he learned to manage the App himself. Listening to his very own narrative of the story he created was good for his self esteem. Spence has had his own special needs to overcome and I look for ways to build his self esteem. I also look for ways to keep him occupied when I am busy with other tasks - and now that he an operate Story Apps on his own - we have a winning combination!
- Record feature allows students to record narrative in their own voice
- 3 levels of play
- Simple and intuitive interface to record narrative
- Recorded answers are stitched together to create complete narrative
- 50 distinct story lines to create narratives from
- Over 500 audio clips of questions to guide narrative
- Optional question text and answer introduction reinforcement
Story Builder was voted Best Reading App of 2011 - by the Huffington Post.
It can be used on your ipad, iphone, or ipod touch. We used the iphone 3 without any problems. You can get it for your ipod or iphone here or the ipad app here.
Screen Shot from the iphone:
The Story Builder App is a wonderfully creative way to encourage story telling for your children. It does more than simply replay a story. It teaches them to connect the pictures with their thoughts, and shows them how to stream and organize their thoughts to tell an exciting story. Mostly, I loved seeing the pleased expression on the face of my little boy.
*This review was done for The Old Schoolhouse Review Team - I received the app free to use with my children
the opinions are my own - I only review products I feel are valuable for my family and my readers