The first page you will see when you open TenseBuilder is the settings page. This page allows you to create individual profiles for your students, determine if you want to use audio instructions and correct and reinforcement during the session, as well as decide if you want the app to keep correct answer data during the session. You can also choose between two levels of play, the number of choices provided to the student when playing level 2, the specific tense and verb that you want the student to focus on, as well as the lesson type (long or short). I will explain more about these individual sections.
One great part of the app is it allows you to select specific verbs to work on. See the picture below to see some choices. If you want the student to work on any/all verbs, then select the "all" button!
Level 1 and Level 2 Play:
Both level 1 and level 2 play have animations. The animations are colorful and captivating to students. Each individual animation targets a specific verb. Look at the picture below. This is an example of an animation (only paused for the picture) and it is targeting the verb "draw".
Once the animation ends, the student can select from an array of pictures the correct answer. The audio instructions will ask a question like "Which picture below shows "the girl is drawing a picture". The picture below is an example of a picture/question from Level 1 play. Level 2 play is a bit more complicated.
Level 2 play asks the student to select the correct verb from a specified number of choices (you can choose the maximum number of choices for this level on the settings page). See the picture below.
The student is instructed to drag the correct verb to the sentence. The audio instructions will say the word as it is being dragged. Then, the audio instructions will say the entire sentence using the word the student selected. The student can then choose "completed/submit" to submit his or her response.
When a student gets an answer wrong, a lesson will play to tell the student WHY he or she got that answer wrong. You can choose to have a long or a short lesson on the settings page. A long lesson will describe each individual tense (future, present, past) and show the specific verbs that accompany those tenses. The short lesson does not go into each individual tense but instead shows the verb and tense that the student selected and describes why that tense in incorrect for that sentence. See below for an example of a long lesson.
The long lesson will describe each individual tense:
One great pro for the app is it keeps data for you. If you look at the bottom of the app screen, you will see a page called "Stats". This is where you can access the data for each individual student. I love this because it gives you the option of emailing the data which is great for when parents and/or teachers want updates on a student!
Something else I really like about the app is it allows students to record sentences. After the student selects the correct choice after being prompted a question, the student has a choice to record the sentence using the correct verb. You do not have to record the sentence, but it is a nice option to have.
All of the records are saved in the "archive" section of the app. You can find this section right next to the "Stats" section. The archive allows you to play a sentence, share the sentence (again, awesome), or delete the sentence.
Overall I think this is a really great app for working on verbs. I love that you can select individual verbs to work on or work on any verb. You can select a specific tense which is great for students working on individual tenses. You can also target other grammatical forms using this app! I would highly recommend this app to anyone working on grammar and verb goals!
TenseBuilder is available at the iTunes Store for $14.99!
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