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    SGM® App -(Story Grammar Marker)

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    Product/Program /Strategy: SGM® App- Story Grammar Marker by Mindwings Concept and All4MyChild
    Intended Population:
    Extensive experience demonstrates that The Story Grammar Marker® is suitable for all types of students and educational situations, including:

    • Regular Education
    • Special Education
    • Learning Disabled
    • Hearing Impaired
    • Bilingual and Culturally Diverse
    • Emotionally Handicapped
    • ADDHD
    • Pre-School through Adult Education

    The Story Grammar Marker® is intended to complement any language arts curriculum. It is a flexible teaching tool based upon language development research. (
    Teachers, speech language pathologists, reading specialists, literacy coaches and parents can use this App with kids to help them “Become a Star Reporter” and create & tell their story or re-tell something they have read, seen or experienced. This app will help children to organize their thoughts for expressing or writing. It can help them with critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as to make connections among texts, themselves and the world around them. The icons in this App are designed to “free up” working memory by giving kids a visual representation of the parts of a story that they can see, touch and move! They can type, draw, import images or import pictures from the camera roll to create a unique story or to retell a story from a book, show or movie. After creating each story, they can use the SGM® to assist them in telling their story and recording it. They can then become the SGM® Star Reporter and hear themselves telling their story! Each story can be saved and/or emailed to parents/teachers/specialists to monitor progress. The Story Grammar Marker® can be used to support Common Core State Standards. This app is fun & engaging and the methodology is research-based. Enjoy!
    Price: $24.99
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    Last edited by Colleen; 10-02-2013 at 10:39 AM.
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    Review by ASE All Star Denise Roditi, M.S., CCC-SLP

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    App Name: Story Grammar Marker
    Population I used the App with: Grades 1 and 2

    Pros Cons
    User Friendly: SGM is very easy to use. The opening page has four options :
    · For those familiar with SGM you can begin the retell immediately by clicking on a pencil icon.
    · For those new to SGM you click on the notepad and you are brought to a 21 page tutorial which leads you through the app
    · The “’character” icon leads you to the MindWing website where you can become familiar with SGM.
    · The microphone icon leads you to the saved files.
    Difficult to Navigate: ☐
    Customizable: ☒
    The SGM is easily adapted to all skill levels. You can work on one story element or all story elements. The user can type, draw or voice record a story retell.
    Lack of Customization:
    Once an image or photo is added to a story page, there does not seem to be an ability to downsize so that you can also add text to the photo or image imported. If you type and add a photo, the type is on the photo itself.
    Tracks and Emails Data:
    The app allows you to save files and email them. Fabulous for tracking student progress.
    Narrow Data Collection Ability: ☐
    High Quality Graphics: ☒
    All graphics are replicated from the SGM program and of high quality.
    Poor Quality Graphics: ☐
    Priced Right: ☒
    The app is reasonably priced
    Overpriced: ☐
    Varied Setting Options: ☒
    The app is easily used with all skill levels. For students that cannot type, they can draw or voice record a story. The app allows the user to select the appropriate stage of story development for each student.
    Few Setting Options: ☐
    Addresses Core Standards: ☒
    The app meets CCSS for sequencing, adding and recalling details, writing narratives, adding drawings and visuals, producing clear sentences, knowing conventions of standard English and vocabulary acquisition, and many others.
    Doesn’t Address Core Standards: ☐
    I would recommend to others: ☒
    I absolutely recommend this app to fellow Speech/Language pathologists as another way to target Story Grammar .
    I wouldn’t recommend to others: ☐
    The Take Away: (overall impressions and experience)
    I love the ease of use for this app. In addition, I love the ability to record the story and then students hear the replay as if they were a reporter. In addition, I love that the app does not rely on the ability to type but instead includes a drawing component. There is an additional component which allows the user to import photos so that you could generate a story about real life events. Each icon page gives a brief description of the meaning of the icon, which helps to keep the student on track. There is a “more information” button if the student needs additional information in the form of an icon map. My students love this app and ask to use it frequently.
    Wish List:
    I would like to see word or picture banks for students to use. For example: words for physical appearance could be “blonde hair, hazel eyes, six feet tall.
    My Questions For You? (questions you would like answered by the developer or other community members)
    Will there be an ability to downsize photos or images once they are added to the story?
    Disclosure: All Special Ed in collaboration with All4MyChild, provided me with a free copy of this app to review. I was not compensated in any way for my write up.
    Last edited by Colleen; 10-31-2013 at 11:22 PM.
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