Friday, December 7, 2012

Conversation Builder Teen App Review

Happy Friday! I wanted to share with you a review on Conversation Builder Teen by The Mobile Education Store. When Kyle contacted me about another one of his Teen apps, I was really excited. The number of apps that are age appropriate for teens are slim compared to the number of apps that are created for young students. This app helps students start, engage in, and maintain a conversation related to teen topics. There are 8 conversation topics to choose from: clothes, bullying, summer, entertainment, sports, sarcasm, relationships, and school. The Mobile Education Store sure hit the nail on the head when coming up with topics teens would relate to!
When you start up the app, you are brought to a settings page. Here, you can choose the type of conversation (2-3 player or group) and which modules you would like to use with your students. If you choose the 2 or 3 player option, you are shown a picture and prompted with, "Choose the best way to start this conversation." The student is shown 3 options to choose from. The student must choose the most appropriate response.
After the correct response is chosen, the student is then prompted to record their response. The app will then reply back to the student who is then prompted to choose the next best response. This goes back and forth a few times. The app saves the recorded responses and creates a whole conversation that can then be played back. 

If the group conversation option is chosen, you are prompted to list the names of all participating in the conversation. You can add photos of the participants as well (students will LOVE this!) This setting does not give the students options of what to say, instead lets the students practice carrying on their own conversation. Everything is recorded which is a great feature to go back and let students listen and talk about what they said. Students are also prompted to pass the iPad to their friend which is great for turn taking skills. 
I love how the speech bubbles come up like a text message (great idea when targeting those teenagers!) Another great feature to this app is that it allows you to upload your own photo for discussion. This would be great to use photos of school events or other familiar topics for students. 
The entire time I was watching the tutorial for this app, I was thinking about students with Autism. Many students with Autism do not know how to appropriately carry on a conversation. Using the conversation prompts in the 2 or 3 player setting would allow you and your student to discuss all options, why one is correct, and why the others are not the best choice. I also love the recording feature. Any app with a voice recorder automatically goes into my articulation therapy bag of tricks! 

Or you can try to win a copy below!

10 comments:

  1. I would love to use this app with my older students in middle/high school.

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  2. I work in multiple settings, including MS and HS. I would use this to work turn taking, topic maintenance, perspective taking and then generalize to new topics. It's on my list to budget for (although budgets are so tight it may be on my list for a few years).

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  3. I am currently working in a special needs high school, where most of my caseload are children with autism and intellectual disabilities. My students would loooove that they can use pictures of themselves and other people that they know. I have been looking for activities that I can use to target their speech and language goals that is also age appropriate. My kids are always commenting about my Iphone ect. and would love that the text looks similar to text messages. I would use this app for a multitude of goals: initiation, topic maintenance, turn taking, expanding MLU.....

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  4. Topic maintenance, perspective taking, improving skills talking on non-preferred topics, ... -Cassandra

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  5. I agree with you! Apps for teens are hard to come by and as a first year SLP with no teen experience middle and high school has been a challenge! I think this would be great for teaching unwritten rule about conversation and improve perspective taking.

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  6. Very cool app! I'm in love with all the Mobile Education Store apps now! I would target topic initiation, maintenance, turn taking, and conversational appropriateness. Thank you for sharing your review!

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  7. I have several "tweens" and teens in need of work on social appropriateness. We talk about expected vs unexpected behaviors and making good choices. This is a must have to add to my app collection! thanks for the review and giveaway! Rose (www.speechsnacks.com)

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  8. I would target choice making, expected behaviors and turn taking

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  9. Love these features, would be so useful for high school

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