Integrating Technology Tools with Braidy the StoryBraid, SGM, and ThemeMaker — May 4, 2017

Please note: This course is also offered as a package with the May 2-3 “SGM Certification Module I”

Presenters: Sean J. Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, and Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Location: MindWing Concepts, Inc.
Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park
1 Federal Street #103-1 Springfield, MA 01105
Times: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Workshop Includes:

  • FREE SGM® iPad App
  • 1-day workshop
  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided

What is covered in this Integrating Technology Tools workshop:

App Workshop GraphicThis intensive workshop will show you how to select and integrate apps for iPad with MindWing’s methodology. The presenters will provide in-depth work with the Narrative Developmental Sequence (Stages 1-5) from the descriptive level (stage 1) of character and setting all the way through to the complete episode (stage 5) of a story.

Narrative discourse is complex, involving thinking, language and social communication simultaneously. Narrative intervention using picture books, Story Grammar Marker® maps and MindWing’s low-tech manipulatives have been very effective in improving student outcomes. Apps can also serve as part of a narrative intervention program, as they present visual, interactive and creative contexts through which students can understand and form stories. Participants will learn to examine app features to select apps that scaffold narrative language development through intervention using Apps, in conjunction with children’s literature, Story Grammar Marker® maps and manipulatives. Each Stage of Narrative Development will be discussed and Apps at each stage will be demonstrated using Apps such as: The SGM® App, Pic Collage, Buildo Rescue, Tellagami, Emotionary and Toontastic. The Narrative Developmental Sequence provides a framework for intervention in the areas of critical thinking, expression of stories and experiences, writing and social situations, and various apps can be utilized for each stage in context.

Along with the Stages of Narrative Development, corresponding expository text structures will also be examined. For example, Action Sequences involving character, setting and series of actions correspond with “Sequencing,” an expository text structure that can be explored in the context of curriculum content: a timeline in social studies, a series of steps in a science experiment or simply following directions. The 7 expository text structures of description, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast and persuasion/argument will be explored with Apps allowing students to interact with and visualize information, such as: Popplet, Educreations Interactive Whiteboard and Corkulous in conjunction with ThemeMaker™ maps and manipulatives.

Combining Apps, Story Grammar Marker® & ThemeMaker® tools, children’s literature, expository selections and manipulatives is an engaging way to improve students’ oral expression, social communication, writing and comprehension.

App Workshop Graphic

Proud participants of the Fall 2013 Technology Workshop


MindWing Concepts, Inc.
Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park
1 Federal Street #103-1, Springfield, MA 01105

This location is at the crossroads of New England. If you are driving, it is 90 minutes West of Boston, 2.5 hours from New York City, Maine and New Hampshire, 2 hours from Rhode Island and 1 hour from Albany and under an hour from most parts of Connecticut.

If you travel via Amtrack, there is a Springfield stop at Union Station 2 miles from the workshop. If you are flying, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT (BDL) is a 20-minute drive to the workshop.


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