It has been a long time coming, but MindWing Concepts has partnered with three talented Speech Language Pathologists: Meghan Graham, Karen Head and Jill Perry of All4MyChild (www.all4mychild.com) to create the Story Grammar Marker® App! All4MyChild is the creator of The Bag Game©, the Social Adventures© App, Talking Train© and Fun Timer©. They have used Story Grammar Marker® extensively for years. As regular readers of our Blog know, Sean Sweeney (www.speechtechie.com) has written many, many Blog entries where he teaches how to incorporate Story Grammar Marker®, ThemeMaker® and our other products with various Apps and web-based technologies. His expertise, enthusiasm and ingenuity has always been an inspiration to MindWing, helping us to see how this platform is a “must” for SGM®. It will be exciting to now see the use of Story Grammar Marker® in its own App format. Thanks to the creativity and technical knowledge of all4mychild.com, the SGM® App has become a reality.
Maryellen Rooney Moreau (photo, left with the “splash screen” of the new App), creator of Story Grammar Marker® is very excited to be working on this App. She said “We always wanted a technology product. The advent of the App World really gave us a platform for making a digital version of Story Grammar Marker®.” The intention of this App is twofold. Moreau continued, “The Story Grammar Marker® that I created 22 years ago was ahead of its time. This visual, kinesthetic tool still is helping and will continue to help children think, communicate and learn as it always has done.” First, the App will be a digital version for the iPad. It will still give the ability to touch, move and interact – which has made the original version so unique. Second – there is so much more! This App has motivating animation such as blinking eyes, a kicking sneaker, a glowing star and a beating heart. By pinching out the icons, the prompting “Wh” questions will be visible to correspond to the SGM® maps. It is developmental: from the descriptive level (characters and settings) all the way up to the complete episode of a story, so it can span many grade and ability levels. This App will also give the clinician/teacher/parent/child the ability to type, draw, import images and/or import photos for each part of the story. It also has a feature to practice oral language by doing an audio recording the story at the end and being able to see/hear that story being read in a “newscaster” scene. The final product (the story and the audio clip) can be emailed to parents or to record data. There is also a tutorial for those not familiar with SGM® or the narrative developmental sequence.
In honor of the launch of this new Story Grammar Marker® App, we will be RAFFLING off a NEW IPAD with the SGM® App loaded onto it!!!
The raffle will be held the day we official launch the App so get your entries in soon!
There are 4 ways to qualify for entering the raffle. If you want your name entered 4 times, you can do all 4!!
Spread the word to your friends and colleagues – everyone is eligible! Good luck!