ConversationBuilder Teen, a new app from Mobile Education Store, is an app that targets both teenagers and pragmatics. All of you who work with teens know that they tend to lack pragmatic skills, so this is a fantastic app to use with not only your students who need to work on pragmatics but with ALL of your students!
First, you must start out by developing a profile for your student. You can enter as many profiles as you would like.
You can choose what kind of conversation you would like to able or disable for your students. You can choose multiple different conversations for each student playing. There are eight different conversation modules you can select - clothing, bullying, summer, sports, entertainment, sarcasm, school and relationships. Over 300 distinct conversations are available with this app.
One great pro for this app is the parental controls section. This portion allows you to enable or disable parental controls. The topics that would be disabled if parental controls was turn "on" are smoking, sex, and alcohol. This is great for those students who may not yet be of that age where these topics are appropriate (if they are even appropriate to discuss at all at your school).
Once you select "play" on the app, the app will either prompt the student to start the conversation appropriately, answer a questions prompted by the app, or participate in a group conversation by selecting the correct answer when shown three different options. I've browsed through a few conversations, and most of them have one silly answer and two similar answers. This is great because if the student selects the wrong answer, then a mini lesson will play and explain why the answer that the student selected is inappropriate.
Selecting the "history" button at the top of the screen will show previous conversation exchanges. This is a great selection to have available because some students may need reminders as to what the conversation was about.
The conversations are usually around five or more exchanges, and the student will always get a chance to record their answer. Once a conversation has ended, you can select "save" to save the entire conversation. The display button at the bottom will allow you to view the completed conversations as well as the student's progress with each conversation.
I have used this app with two of my students that are in middle school, and both students have absolutely loved it. They both told me that they felt a little more comfortable starting or participating in conversations with their peers. The conversations are geared more toward typical teen conversations rather than a regular therapy session where the SLP pretends to be a teen.
I also like how this app includes more... difficult conversation topics. Topics like bullying, smoking, divorce, partying, breakups, rumors, and sex are simply a few examples. I have not seen an app that is similar to this in that it includes difficult topics that are targeted more at the level of the teen rather than sounding like a lecture from an adult.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic app for teens. I honestly think all teens would benefit from an app like this. I would highly recommend this app for everyone who has or works with a teenager!
ConversationBuilder Teen is available on iTunes for $29.99.
*Mobile Education Store provided me with a copy of this app for free. The opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.
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