There have been a number of apps for iOS (iPad/iPod/iPhone operating system) that have been released in recent months that seem like they were created for use with Story Grammar Marker®! Digital Storytelling apps such as Story Patch allow children to create stories while having an emphasis on narrative structure, with choices about character, setting and actions. Students with language disorders will need assistance with organizing, expanding, and adding complexity to their narrative and sentence structure, and that is where you and the SGM come in!
In this video, I give a quick walkthrough of Story Patch (iPad only, currently only $0.99—yes, that’s 99 CENTS) and its choices for story creation. You’ll see how its “Create a Story with Help” mode is a great opportunity to link the choices students can make with narrative icons they can begin to internalize. The open-ended story creation mode is a blank slate offering countless choices to work at varying narrative levels, levels of detail and story length. The text tool allows you to take the language in unlimited directions supported by the pictures you choose. Story Patch could even be adapted to support expository language, especially since the allows you to insert pictures saved from the Internet or with your camera.
Mindwing is currently working on developing an app specific to the methodology of its tools. In the meantime, there are quite a number of apps that can be easily adapted to teach narrative and expository language. Enjoy the video!
Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and technology specialist working in private practice at the Ely Center in Needham, MA, and as a clinical supervisor at Boston University. He consults to local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. His blog, SpeechTechie (www.speechtechie.com), looks at technology “through a language lens.” Contact him at email@example.com.