Language Builder is the fourth in the Builder Series, from Kyle Tomson and the Mobile Education Store. Language B
uilder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create grammatically correct sentences.
- Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
- 3 levels of hints
- Simple and intuitive interface to record sentence
- Save and email recorded sentences
- 50 distinct story lines to create sentences from
- Optional HINT button
I have been using this app for the last month in my classroom and tutoring children of varying ages. They all love recording their voice and listening to the play back. I love that their voices are saved and can be replayed at a later date AND can be shared via email. What I like best about this particular program are the wonderful photographs that spark the imagination. Kyle's incredible story of how he got into iPhone developing is awe inspiring. His daughter Caitlyn is eight but has the expressive language of a four year old, which puts her in the autism spectrum and her deficits are all centered around language. The school district was making absolutely zero progress in helping her. After looking around the iTunes store for programs for her, he still couldn't find anything that was geared for high functioning autistic children. At that point, Kyle began to code his own programs specifically for his daughter. He had no real intention of ever selling the programs until his daughter showed dramatic improvement in her language skills.
According to Tomson, “Many of the features of Language Builder are the direct result of feedback from both parents and speech pathologists who use our other applications. The ability to expand the content of the application is the number one request from parents who use our other applications, and we are excited to bring the much asked for feature to Language Builder." Again, an awesome feature of this app is the ability to save and email recorded sentences, this feature will help Speech-Language Pathologists track student progress and provide concrete data. The hint feature, adjusted with varying levels, and can be presented orally as well as in text. Read more about Tomson at Mobile Education Store. "As I have gone through this journey, developing these applications has become a passion for me. Seeing how much these applications have helped my own daughter and hearing stories from parents and teachers has really opened my eyes as to how much I can offer this community. This has been the most gratifying thing I have ever done in my life, and I look forward to continuing my work for the foreseeable future."
Tomson decided to use photographs instead of clipart to give Language Builder a more real world feel. He currently has three 3 other apps in the iTunes store, which do use clipart. His next app is scheduled to be released in March and he updates regularly. Do yourself a favor, get to know Tomson and his apps today!