Monday, August 27, 2012

Tense Builder - A Review

Have you ever struggled with how to teach your students to understand verb tenses?  Kyle over at the Mobile Education Store have created a new app called Tense Builder which will greatly assist in developing these skills.

Tense Builder is designed to help students learn to identify and use correct verb tense forms through the use of video animation that demonstrate past, present and future verb tenses.  Ther eare currently 36 video lessons, which will expand to 60 by Christmas, which help to give students a better understanding about tenses.

Students learn to sequence and differentiate between events that will happen, events that are happening now and events that have already happened.  Students will also identify the correct written verb forms and drag them to complete sentences.

As in all the Mobile Education Store apps, the student will have the ability to record their sentences in order to help them improve their receptive and expressive language skills and promote the carryover of the target verb forms to their conversational speech.

There are 2 levels of play in this app.  Data collection occurs and multiple students can be made users for this app.  The data can be printed and emailed.  Correct responses are reinforced and incorrect responses are utilized for teachable moments.  Students are allowed to try multiple times to get the correct answer.

This is a great app to work on syntax.  The app could be improved by developing a way for students to get hints or cues to assist in answering the questions.  In addition, there should be an easy way to switch between members of a group when using the app and being able to record data for each student.


Disclaimer:  Mobile Education Store provided a copy of this app to this reviewer.


  1. Nice reviews so far Kim! We added you to the Google Bundle SLP App review blogs - now you'll be easier to find and follow! Keep up the great work!

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  3. Hi again Kim ~ I would like to add you to my Pinterest board...however, I am not able to grab an image from your site.

    Do you have a pic you would like to share so I can include you in our Pinterest board highlighting SLP app reviewers?

    Thanks in advance!
    Mai Ling Chan