TOS Sweet Critique: Mobile Education Tools StoryBuilder

StoryBuilder app homescreen

PhotobucketWHAT:  StoryBuilder app for iPod Touch, iPad, & iPhone

COST:  $5.99

RECOMMENDED AGES:  Six and up

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WHAT IS THE STORYBUILDER APP?

StoryBuilder app homescreen

StoryBuilder is an app by Mobile Education Tools that is designed to help children:

  • improve paragraph formation
  • improve idea integration
  • improve inference abilities

While it is dependent upon the settings you choose, your child is presented with a picture, and possibly a narrated question, that is supposed to encourage them to create a story.

StoryBuilder app for iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone

StoryBuilder app for iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone

Your child can record, repeat the question, skip the picture, and then when they’re finished {generally five or seven questions}, they can listen to their entire story or email it.

You have the option of customizing your child’s experience by allowing for narrated questions, number of questions, and more.

StoryBuilder app settings

You can even sign up for an account for the Parents’ Center.

StoryBuilder app Parents' Center

WHAT WE THOUGHT

At first, Babydoll was not at all a fan.  She’s nine, going on 10, and she thought the narration and pictures were a little too “immature” for her.

However, Daddy came to the rescue.

By answering seven questions about a particular image {a busted up giraffe}, he created a narrative that had all three of us laughing hysterically.

This got Babydoll excited about using the app.

She immediately ran off to come up with a silly story for us.

When she came back, she had put together a silly little story about a man who had been splashed by mud after his car broke down.

Then, something became apparent to her.

She had simply answered the questions that had been asked.  When these were put together into a story, it made no sense.  Information had been left out.

The app teaches children how to answer questions in a way that many of us learned to answer questions: by restating the question in the answer.

Once she realized this, Babydoll was able to better craft her story.

She did about three more stories and was done for the day.

I think this app can be very effective if you stick with it and help your child along at first.  It takes some inference skills to really be able to work this, but once it’s been established, it can be fun.

Also, I personally don’t think this is an app that can be used as a game that a child can play everyday.  Sure, it’s fun, but it’s not mindless entertainment.

I think after a while of continuous play Babydoll would start to view it more as work than fun.  Then again, she also isn’t a fan of grammar/language arts.

All-in-all, I would recommend this to you guys, just be sure you’re prepared to be silly to show your kids how it works.

WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT

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TRUE CONFESSIONS:  I was provided with a copy of this app in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Have Fun Building with the LEGO Summer Brickation in Myrtle Beach!

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We take LEGO®s very seriously in this house.

Like, super seriously.

Spend copious amounts of money on collectible Star Wars’ LEGO®s serious.

And, recently, I’ve started jonesing for the Lord of the Rings LEGO® sets.  I already have two…

So news of a LEGO® Summer Brickation makes all of us in this house giddy.

If you’re headed to Myrtle Beach {or Lake Tahoe or Traverse City or Branson} this summer {June 6th through July 17th}, you definitely want to check this out!

Happening at Broadway at the Beach, the LEGO® Summer Brickation will have a LEGO® Myrtle Beach mosaic, life size models, a cityscape, games, fun challenges, photo opportunities, and more!

Oh, and of course they’ll have bricks there for you to build to your heart’s content.

If you or your kids love LEGO®s, this is the place to be.  It’s completely FREE!

GIVEAWAY!

Let’s kick off this fun event with a giveaway!

Enter below to win a LEGO® prize pack {LEGO® Club magazine, 10 Bricks to Click – pack of 10 bricks with building instructions, and a pirate hat!}!

True Confessions:  I was compensated for this post.  We do, however, really love LEGOs and I’m hoping we can visit a Brickation soon!

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Vacation!

Releasing my eBook and heading out for Reviewer’s Retreat was such a whirlwind I haven’t had a chance to hop on and let you guys know I’m on vacation!

I have spotty internet and will be heading back home on Friday to spend a much needed few days with my husband!

I’ll catch you guys next week!