An additional feature includes the ability to adjust settings to provide differing levels of student support. Level One questions and sentence starters relate to what a students sees in the image. This is a perfect level for my Beginning and Early Intermediate language learners. Level 2 adds questions which require inferences. My Intermediate and Early Advanced speakers find this challenging at first. Finally, the highest level lets students create their own story without guidance.
It is very easy to use, even for younger students and the added bonus for students is that kids get to hear their own voice!
Here is what the manufacturer says:
Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.
Story Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create a narrative.
-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
-Stories can be archived for later play
-Each student gets their own archive page
-Stories can be emailed
-50 distinct story lines to create narrative from
-500 audio clips of questions to guide narrative
-Optional question text and answer introduction reinforcement
I have used the free version of Story Builder for a couple of years and loved it so much I just bought 3 more of their other apps.
I will review them after I have had a chance to use them more, but so far I like what I see.
I also noticed that the following 2 apps are available. They are on my wish list!
Has anyone used any of these apps? Let us know how you use them in your class and what you think about them!