This review of Mobile Education Store’s ConversationBuilderTeen social skills app was written by Kristina Young. Kristina is the founder of “The Speech Ladies” blog. Her blog was voted one of the best speech pathology blogs of 2012 and for good reason. They do a really nice job on all of their reviews. Kristina reviewed our elementary version of ConversationBuilder earlier in the year, and when she heard that the teen version was available, she was anxious to try it out. She has many kind things to say.
ConversationBuilderTeen is a virtual conversation simulator designed specifically for teenaged kids. It helps kids practice how to have conversations with their peers and how to respond to common situations that teens run into. Students record their half of the conversation and listen to the other half. Once the conversation is finished, we interlace the student recordings with the pre-recorded peer responses to form a complete conversation. The students then can hear themselves have a conversation with a peer as it is supposed to sound. This is motivating for the students and it teaches them the basics of pragmatic language in a low pressure way. We cover all the normal teen obsessions like sports, summer, and entertainment, but we also cover all the unpleasant things teen must deal with such as bullying, peer pressure and relationships. We break the 300 conversations into eight themes, and the student may select one or more themes to practice.
ConversationBuilder Teen is the newest addition to Mobile Education Store’s award winning “Builder Series” of education apps. MES has won over 20 app awards over the last three years and was named 2011’s Educational App Developer of the Year by Teachers With Apps.
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