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Winner - 2012 2nd Best Educational App by Let's Talk SLP
Winner - 2012 Best Teaching App by TeachHub.com
Winner - 2012 Best Education App by TeachersWithApps.com

TenseBuilder is designed to help students learn how to identify and use correct tense forms by playing movie quality animated videos to demonstrate past, present and future tense. 48 video lessons (will expand to 58) are in place to help give students a deeper understanding about the purpose of tense. Special attention is paid to the past tense of irregular verbs.

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

Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills and promote carryover of these target verb forms to their conversational speech.

Tense Builder offers a unique environment for improving a student's ability to understand tenses and use verb forms properly.

-48 target verbs with matching animated movies
-Movies employ humor to engage student
-Video modeling for each verb and tense form used
-Each verb has separate animated lesson to show past, present and future tense
-Option to focus on a particular tense
-Ability to address past tense developmentally, by first teaching regular past -ed forms and then moving to irregular past.
-Includes receptive task, where student taps the correct image to match a sentence, and an expressive task where student drags the correct verb form to complete the sentence
-Intuitive drag and drop to create sentences
-Words are spoken as they are being dragged for emerging readers
-Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
-Save and email recorded sentences

- English

- Compatible with iPad
- Requires iPad 5.0 software update

TenseBuilder is part of "The Builder Series" of award winning education apps. Mobile Education Store has won over 40 app awards and has been named educational developer of the year in 2011 and 2012.

Mobile Education Tools is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 3-6, 6-10
Categories: Special Needs, Education

What’s New

Version 1.5.3

iOS14 stability enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

New player 59 ,

Could be better

I like the idea of this app, but it is a bit glitchy. My biggest complaint, though, is that it doesn't actually have the present tense. One of the most frequent challenges my students who are working on grammar have is using correct subject-verb agreement (I walk, he walks, etc.). This app substitutes the present progressive tense and calls it the present tense.

They love it! ,

Gotcha style questions are not what students need

As an elementary school English as a second language teacher, I find that many of Mobile Education Stores' apps are great! This one, however, proved to be only moderately useful. The best part of the app is the funny, short cartoons the children watch to see a sequence of events on which they will be questioned. The questions however can be too tricky and in a kind of, "gotcha" style, such that I, the teacher, even sometimes miss the nuance that's required to find the correct answer. I bought this rather expensive app because I wanted my students to practice using the correct verb tense. I'd like them to figure out, for example, whether you say, "I goed to the store" vs., "I went to the store." Or, "I went to the store yesterday, " vs., "I went to the store tomorrow." This app shows a picture from the cartoon, for example, a man holding a remote control pointed at the TV. If the student chooses, "The man is watching TV," the answer would be incorrect because the student didn't notice that in the picture the TV isn't yet on, so the answer should be, "The man will watch TV." This is nit picky and takes a lot of teaching time to direct the students to noticing the level of detail in the pictures instead of the more useful attention to the correct use of language. It targets language that my younger students (K-2) need to work on, but the gotcha questions are not age appropriate.

iPad SLP ,

A Must Have App for SLPs

This beautifully done app really gets at different verb tenses through colorful and entertaining animations that accurately depict the various tenses. In the settings menu you are able to precisely select the skills you want to work on and how they are presented. I have used it from elementary aged students, including ASD, to middle school language impaired students. This is such a value considering the quality, versatility, and volume of students that can benefit from it. Mobile Education Store has done it again!

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