Thinkamingo is an application development company that has multiple applications that keep literacy and creativity in mind! Story Dice is no different! The application is perfect for all ages as it is easy to use, does not require reading, and can be played with just a shake of the device! View a video tutorial with lots of ideas of how to use the application below:
Click on the "i" button in the upper right hand corner of the application to open the "Settings Menu". Within this page, you are able to choose the number of dice used on the application via a slider from 1 up to 10. You can also turn on and off sound effects as well as the ability to shake the device to roll the dice via toggle switches.
This page also has Helpful Hints including how to use the application, ages to use the application with, game ideas, and educational ideas. Finally, you can press the "About Thinkamingo" button to learn more about Thinkamingo, visit their website, e-mail for support, follow them on Facebook/Twitter, and learn about their other applications! Thinkamingo's website has lots of ideas for how to use the application, so definitely check it out!
Once you have chosen how many dice you would like to roll, roll the dice on the screen. You can roll the dice by shaking the iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad if you have allowed that setting. Otherwise, tap the screen. You can tap the screen over and over for the dice to keep rolling! Stop pressing the screen once you have the dice you want.
The dice have black and white pictogram images on them. There are 111 pictograms in the application's dictionary, so the possibilities of combinations are endless! The application has high-resolution graphics for the retina display, so the dice look incredibly real with the pictograms seeming as if they are really carved into the dice!
What I Like About This Application:
- The application is easy to use, clean, clear, and can be played over and over again!
- This application can be used with children of all ages without much explanation of how to use it! Just press/shake and play!
- You can change the number of dice based on the activity you want to use the application for.
- Pictograms do not require the ability to read, which is great for my Kindergarteners and those who have difficulty reading.
- You can use the application for so many different creative activities.
- The dice are large which makes the pictograms easier to read for those with vision impairments.
- When there are ten dice on the screen, the dice are quite large and a bit cluttered, but making the dice too much smaller may impact visibility of the pictograms.
- Although the application is meant for randomness of pictograms, it might be neat for the educator to be able to choose some of the pictograms for vocabulary, categorization, or theme reasons.
- Articulation - Have students find dice with pictograms of words that have their speech sounds. Have students make sentences/stories using the dice that also have their speech sounds included.
- Expressive Language - Use 1-3 dice and have students create a simple sentence based on the pictograms shown. Use 4-10 dice to have students create longer, more complex sentences or stories using all of the dice. Roll 1-3 dice per student to have them create a sentence, then pass the iPad to the next student for him or her to roll again and use the pictograms to create a new sentence to add on to the story, and so on. Have students write a sentence or story based on the dice shown on the application.
- Receptive Language - Discuss the vocabulary associated with the pictograms shown. Talk about how the words are similar and different or how the pictures are similar and different in shape. Use 10 dice and try to see if any of the pictograms fall into similar categories. Have students describe different aspects of the dice (size, shape, where the object can be found, parts, etc.). Ask a WH question and have the student answer it by pointing to a pictogram.
- Memory - Have students roll the dice, look at the screen, and then turn off the screen. Then, have them draw or state which dice were on the screen and turn it back on to see if they were correct or not.
- Following Directions - Roll the dice (1-4 dice depending) and have students perform actions based on the pictograms shown. See if the students can remember the different actions in order.
- Gestures/Inferences - Have a student use a single dice and keep the iPad out of the other students' vision. Then, have the student use gestures to describe the pictogram shown (like charades). Have other students guess what the pictogram is of based on inferences of the student actor's gestures.
- RtI - Have students state the beginning or ending letter of the pictogram's associated word. Have students spell CVC words if a dice with a CVC word comes up. Finally, have students blend words together or break them apart.
This application is available for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad for $1.99! It is also available for the same price on the Android Store, Amazon Store, and for the Nook!
Consonantly Speaking was given two application codes from Thinkamingo to give away with this review. No other form of compensation was received.
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