Friday, November 30, 2012

Tense Builder By Mobile Education Store ~ Review

Tense Builder, another in a great line up of apps brought to you by Mobile Education Store. In Tense builder you are given animated videos that teach your child or student how to use the past, present and future tense. Currently the video library has 48 different videos, so it takes quite a while to cycle through them. The ages for this app are from 3-6 and 6-10. 

For this review I used both my 7yr old son with Autism and my NT 10yr old. Both thoroughly enjoyed the app, while it has learning aspects it comes across fun! 

There are two different levels in this app. In the first level you are given pictures to choose from after the video is played to choose the correct answer. In the second level you are given parts to the sentence to choose from and the words are said aloud as they are chosen 

A few of the key things I really liked about this app was when you get wrong answers. Most apps give a buzz or ding when a wrong answer is chosen allowing the child to keep pressing till they get the right one. With Tense Builder when a wrong answer is chosen they are given examples of why the answer was wrong and the variations of the tense and what each one would be. Even with a second wrong answer chosen and second video is given but this time with pauses and a extra scene to further explain the use of future, past and present tense. Another thing I liked about this app was the ability to set up the lessons for specific learning and either chose short or long lessons.  In the main menu you can chose what tense to work on and whether or not you want it to be the short lesson or long lesson.

This is a great app for a teachable skill, my kids struggle with the difference between past, present and future tense. The app doesn't feel bogged down, but fun and enjoyable.

While the price leaves much to be desired if you have the money for it, it is well worth the price. 

Here is also the preview video for the app!