Monday, September 17, 2012

The Grumble Noise {Review}

The Grumble Noise is one of those apps parents and educators scoop up the minute they hear it's free.  As it turns out, that is exactly what I did! This app contains beautiful illustrations, interactive touch screen capabilities and a captivating storyline.

Choose from two options located in the home-screen
 Readers can choose to read the story themselves or have it narrated.

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Upon touching the screen, interactive elements are elicited. Users can hear characters snoring, dragons roaring and mysterious grumbling. Images such as facial expressions and body movements can also be altered with a simple touch of the screen.

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I really enjoyed the interactive nature of this app. The sound effects and animation make reading "The Grumble Noise" enjoyable. However, there are a few things I would change. One being the text size. It would be great if users were able to enlarge the text to their liking, as I personally found it too small. Also, the narration of the story is a bit over-exaggerated. My adolescent students would not appreciate the rate or tone, however it works well for younger children.

At the middle school level, I would use "The Grumble Noise" with students who are lower functioning  (referred to as "Life Skills" students). These students would benefit from the simple storyline and engaging interactive components. Important skills such as foreshadowing, perspective taking, problem solving and even decoding can all be targeted with this free app (for a limited time).

How have you used this app with your students? 

App Compatibility
This app is compatible with iPad and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Disclosure Statement: I was provided a copy of this app by the developer. No other compensation was provided. This review includes solely my opinions. 

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