Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rainbow Sentences (a TOS review)



Have I mentioned the mad crush I have on my iPad?



I love my iPad so much that I don’t even care that she’s an ancient first generation.  My love is unconditional like that. 



It would only make sense that if I’m crushing on my iPad…I would also be a fan of apps.  I may or may not be known by my friends as an app hoarder.  I may or may not have jumped at the chance to review Rainbow Sentences by Mobile Education Tools. 




The Deets

  • $7.99
  • Basic function is aimed at helping students put sentences together in grammatical order.  There are visual color coded cues, voice overs, rewards and other built in features.  You should really read the beautiful backstory too – especially if you have a child with special needs!
  • Settings page allows the teacher to add or remove features in order to target student’s strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Set up to use with multiple students.
  • Student can record and playback the sentence for added fun and skill boosting.
  • Student earns reward puzzle pieces to encourage continued learning through play.
  • Click me for more details.


The Review


I was pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed this app!



I appreciated that the Teacher functions were user friendly.  There’s nothing more irksome than not easily understanding how an app works!  I am not a read the instructions kinda girl and complicated apps drive me wonky.  I found Rainbow Sentences very easy to understand but they also have a handy dandy video tutorial just in case. 



I love that you can have more than one student account!  I do wish that all the settings carried over though.  For instance, it didn’t take me long to realize my 1st Grader needed me to remove the color coding to give her added challenge.  My little guy needed the colors though.  It was a little annoying that I had to manually go in and change the settings every time I changed the user.



Because kids love being movie stars, here’s a little clip of my 1st Grader in action…



He favorite part was recording her own voice reading the sentences!  For both of my kiddos, that was just as good a prize as earning the puzzle pieces.



I especially love how Rainbow Sentences reinforces sentence structure for my little guy (who happens to have significant speech delay).  Extending and proper sentence structure are goals we’re focusing on in school, therapies and at home.  This app is a great fit for working on those targets!



Okay, so would I buy it is the real question, right?



Ugh. I’m torn here.  I’m such a fan of the freebie stuff out there.  And there are gobs of free apps.  The trouble with free apps is that you get what you pay for (most of the time).  I find a lot of the free apps aren’t nice and organized like Rainbow Sentences.  I’m also a fan of organization.  I really really liked most everything about this app.  We used it daily.  And I can see us continuing to use it.  It’s just that…



$7.99 is just a touch pricey for me.



Blushing here, over my cheap-skate ways.



I would definitely add it to my “wish list”.  I’m certainly going to forward the link to Trevy’s Speech Therapist.  I totally give Rainbow Sentences two thumbs up as far as content goes.  And if you aren’t stingy with your iTunes budget like me – I would say go for it.  But the truth is – I’d probably wait to buy it until it goes on sale.



And then I’d live happily ever after…constructing sentences and listening to playback with my new favorite app!






**Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product in exchange for my honest and timely review.  All opinions expressed here are my very honest own.  Click here to see what other TOS reviewers thought of this product.**

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