Tense Builder, by Mobile Education Store/Kyle Tomson – This long awaited app will not disappoint in any way shape or form! Teaching the tenses is one of the hardest concepts to explain, as it is a very abstract concept. Then there are the English words that do not follow the rule, otherwise known as irregular verbs. It isn’t difficult to comprehend this concept with words like walk, walking, walked. Now try come, coming, comed… opps, doesn’t quite work. Along comes the terrific Tense Builder and what used to be a tedious task for the teacher is now an app away!
USE 1 Completed Action Before Something in the Past
What impressed us most was the thorough, yet simple video explanation or introduction of what this app does. Tense Builder does phenomenal things for teaching this abstract concept. Tense Builder introduces the tenses in their simplest form and carries on to the most difficult ones. That component gives this app-wide audience appeal and an extended shelf-life! Let Tense Builder explain it with an introduction to each lesson with an almost Disney-like animated video, then written and spoken words. The student is asked to chose from three different pictures to match the correct tense. After that is when the child is given the option to verbalize and record their own voice. Students will also identify correct written verb forms and drag them to complete sentences in the higher levels. Tense builder will teach students how to sequence events, how to differentiate between events that will happen, and events that are happening now, and events that have already happened. Tense Builder offers a unique environment for improving a student’s ability to understand tenses and use verb forms properly.
This app features 36 verbs, with plans to expand. Each verb has a separate animated lesson to show the past, present and future tense. The movies are funny and the students we worked with were drawn into the humor. They were not only engaged and learning, but having a blast doing so! All the words are spoken as they are being dragged, for emerging readers. Kyle, you never miss a beat! Both receptive and expressive skills are offered to maximize the learning opportunity. There are also two levels of lessons, the long or short version which the kids are given after they choose a wrong answer. The record feature also allows the student’s work to be saved and emailed which is a great record of progress for collecting data. In the settings menu, there are many options, You can focus on a particular tense and for obvious reasons, the regular verbs are presented first. Got them down? No problem, skip ahead – the options are many, the ease of use is plenty!
“By taking the students through an entire timeline, from what will happen to what has already happened, they gain a much deeper understanding of tense and what’s it is for. And that deeper understanding leads to better retention and more carry over to their conversational speech.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Kyle!