Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sentence Builder by AbiTalk

Late this summer AbiTalk apps were bought to my attention. At that time, I went back into my educator mode and kind of forgot about AbiTalk until I was cleaning up my iPad over fall break. My students have missed out on some wonderful learning opportunities because I got busy.

AbiTalk has over 50 apps on the market that focus on skill building in the areas of; reading, math, phonics and languages. I have a number of their apps but the one I am "nuts" about is Sentence Builder. According to AbiTalk's website it was designed for primary classrooms to work on words, sentences, pronunciation, grammar, and punctuation. It is so much more...

This is the opening screen for the Sentence Builder app. The "Configuration" area allows you to customize settings for the app. The features you are able to customize are; Sentence Sound, Word Sound, Award, and Using System Sound. "Manage Account" allows you to add users and set a password to protect student data. The final area is Create Your Own Lessons in which you can enter your own pictures, sentences, and voice into the lessons.

Once a student has been entered into the app, you will be able to choose what level and type of sentences the student will use. There is an excellent variety of sentences. 
Your choices are;
  • Subject + Verb + Adverb
  • Subject + Verb + Noun
  • Subject + Be + Adverb
  • Subject + Verb + Adjective
  • Colors and Numbers
  • Subject + Verb + Object
  • Subject + Can + Verb
  • Subject + Verb + Object
  • Who, What, Where, When, Which, and Why
  • Time of Day
  • Seasons
  • Days of the Week
After a type of sentence and level has been chosen by the adult, the student is presented with a picture and sentence that is orally stated. The student is expected to reassemble the words into the sentence they heard. If a repetition is needed the student is able to press the on screen speaker and hear it again. After the sentence is assembled in the manner that the student feels is correct, they press the check mark and are provided with immediate feedback. Adults are able to monitor the students progress on Sentence Builder by using the Progress Report function.

The feature I am most excited about is the "Create Your Own Lessons". Your are able to enter your own sentences and pictures that are applicable to the students daily life and record the adults voice saying the sentence. This makes the learn more personal and meaningful to the students so they can stay more engaged in the learning process. You are able to Sync self created lessons between different iPads by using your Dropbox account. AbiTalk did an excellent job making these features user friendly. The ease of use has allowed me to provide my students with a number of personalized learning experiences that are helping them make steady growth toward the goals and objectives on their IEPs. 

AbiTalk has created a great app for all students but it is an awesome app for students with special needs. It is well worth the $2.99 it costs. Take a look at this app and think about what you might be able to create to help someone learn a new skill.  The options are unlimited.