My New Favorite App:
Tense Builder
by Mobile Education

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Tense Builder

by Mobile Education

One of our strengths as Speech Language Pathologists is our amazing ability to re-purpose just about anything into a usable therapy tool (i.e., taking those old toys or manipulatives from years ago that teachers were going to throw out, putting them in a bag and making a describing activity). I’ve found I use apps in the same way. Mobile Education’s Tense Builder was developed to help students learn about the different verb tenses. It’s a genius ap, as is, but WAIT…THERE’s MORE!! (as the infomercials say). I used this app for an entire year with several groups of students, both with autism and without, all ages pre-K to middle school, and they were never bored. Right out of the box, you are able to work on a variety of verb tenses (future, present, past) both regular and irregular. Students watch a short, hysterically funny animated video (I have been known to laugh out loud myself), and then either choose from a field of three to tell what has happened, is happening or will happen (Level 1) or drag words into a blank to make a complete sentence from a field of 2-7 verbs (Level 2). After finding the correct answer, my students LOVE listening to the sentence containing the verb and then recording themselves saying the sentences. There are many different options under the settings button at the bottom, and you can also keep stats of student progress and then email it to yourself. The app also includes a comprehensive lesson on irregular verbs, regular verbs, past present and or future.
Let’s look at how we can repurpose Tense Builder and go beyond its original intent:

Narration-students retell the action in their own words.

Coordinating conjunctions for non readers, writers- Since I do not have a white board in my room, I write the conjunctions on the table in front of the student. Every animated short has a primary action and a secondary action (cause and effect-perfect for conjunctions). For the word “see” the primary event/action is a little girl roasting a marshmallow over a campfire who sees a snake. Secondary action: she screams, jumps on the rock, her family comes out of the tent and the snake eats her marshmallow. Multiple compound and complex sentence possibilities.


Pronoun Development- simple pronouns and reflexive (herself, himself, etc)

Sequencing a story with temporal concepts- First the girl saw a snake, then it ate her marshmallow.

Basic concept development- The girl was sitting on a rock, the snake was behind her, she was roasting a marshmallow over a campfire, and her family was in the tent.

Social interaction between students

Using articles, verbs, nouns

Using adjectives to describe objects/characters- The scared girl jumped on the rock, the orange and black snake ate her marshmallow, and the surprised family heard her scream.

Answering who, what, where, when, why questions

Working on fluency

Thank you to Mobile Education for making such a wonderful app!! I am really looking forward to the newest Crack the Books iTextbooks, Pines to Vines - the Forest Biome. Individually Leveled non-fiction books for 2nd-6th grade aligned to common core state standards. The app will include videos, animations, visual supports , quizzes, etc. Exactly what our students need. Very excited to share these interesting topics with my students (forests, grasslands and oceans). I can’t wait!!!

(Amanda Backof, M.S. CCC-SLP 9/13)

New Crack the Books iTextBook

by Mobile Education

For SLPs

This site was created primarily to share my experience using the iPad in speech and language therapy. The apps discussed are (mostly) ones I personally use on a regular basis, and include a synopsis of how I use them in therapy with my students.
Free downloads of homework sheets to complement ArtikPix, Toca Boca, Millie, and many other apps!

In this section I also share links to the web sites I have found helpful to use both during speech and language therapy and in lesson planning.
How To Use This Site

The categories are pretty standard:
Articulation, Expressive/Receptive Language, Grammar, Pragmatics, and Augmentative Communicaiton. Sections, grouped by age, feature a tab for each app, and contain a synopsis of how I use it in therapy.