Teacher Review For Tell About This

Interesting Visual Prompts Encourage Oral Language Development

Lisa S.
Technology Integration Specialist
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My experience was with the free version which allows only one self-created prompt at a time and only one visual prompt in each of the 13 categories. But students enjoyed the tool (grade 2) and it was good oral language practice for them. We took a screen shot from a digital book they had read and added it to the custom prompts. Students then retold the main points of the story orally. What they struggled with was getting tapping the right or left arrow when they were on the custom prompt which then takes them to other prompts and it is hard for little ones to find their way back to the custom prompt. So a few recordings were made on the wrong picture! They still enjoyed recording and listening to their own voices and it was good practice.
My Take
There are now other tools (like Seesaw) that allow students to record over their own images in an easier way than this app, so I would only suggest this app if the visual prompts are what you value from it. The images included ARE highly engaging and could encourage oral language development and practice using oral language. A speech and language specialist might find value in purchasing the paid version to have access to all the images which are around 14-15 per topic. (Topics include: Culture, Living Things, Learn, Activities, Play, Make Believe, Transportation, People, World, Things, Places, Fun, and Family.) Adding the free version to student iPads in a 1:1 setting can give you an option for extending student recording options.