Social Detective Intermediate App Review

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Social Detective AppToday I am sharing a new app called Social Detective Intermediate.  It is a collaborative app of Social Thinking and Social Skill Builder, Inc.   Thank you to Cheryl of Social Skill Builder, Inc. for providing the promo code for me to use in order to complete my review.

This app was created to follow the Social Detective Beginner app.  It was created for children seven years and older and focuses on helping them decode the thoughts and emotions of those they come in contact with.


Upon opening the app, new players are asked to create an avatar.  There are several to choose from.


Once completed, you are directed to touch the detective equipment to get started.  After clicking the Social Detective Notebook, a pretest is given. The player is asked to drag the correct thought over the head of someone in the picture.  Once the correct thought is identified, the player is asked to identify how the person in the scenario is feeling.  Finally, the player chooses the “smart guess” the character should make.  A smart guess is defined in the app as “when we use all of our tools (remembering, seeing, hearing, knowing and feeling) to figure things out and then make a guess based on what we know about the world.”  These are all important social skills students need to know and be able to display.

Next, there is a 42 question test which includes 14 video clips and again the player is asked to identify what one of the characters is thinking, feeling and his or her smart guess.  Throughout the test, positive reinforcement is given to encourage players showing how much progress has been made.


After completing the entire test, the player is then given access to the flashlight.  Another pretest is given to earn the flashlight.  The player is then given another round of  video test questions.  This round includes identifying the character’s thought, smart guess and plan after making the smart guess.  Halfway through this test, the player gets to make his or her own smart guesses and identify the tools used to make the guess.




My review of this app came just at the time a student was referred to me to address these very same areas covered throughout the game.  I really like that the app is interactive and that it gives immediate feedback and encouragement.  I like that it reads aloud to the player to assist those students needing reading support.  Finally, I really like that it builds elementary students’ vocabulary using words like considerate and annoyed.

You can check out a quick YouTube preview of the Social Detective Intermediate App below!

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School Counseling App: Decide Now!

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Decide Now! App - Savvy School CounselorI recently purchased an iPad app that will be a great addition to my school counseling program.  It’s called Decide Now! by Catforce Studio.

The app comes with several preset wheels like:  Where to eat?  Where to travel? and Weekend activities.  When I first purchased it, I immediately started thinking of several ways to use it in my program.  I want to share those ideas with you in this post.

When you prepare to create your wheels, you will touch the settings icon on the bottom right side of the screen.  A box will open and you will touch the + sign to add a new wheel.  Next, you will give your wheel a name.  You can also choose a color scheme for your wheel.  You will see a green circle with a + sign inside for adding each of the labels for your wheel.  It’s pretty simple!

How To Create a Wheel

One of the main ways educators use the app is for choosing a student to call on randomly.  School counselors can use it the same way for classes and/or small groups.  Because there is an unlimited amount of wheels you can make, you could also make one for each of your classes as well if that’s your preference.  But, what other ways can school counselors use this app?

  • Anger Management Strategies:  Use the spinner to discuss the different strategies during small groups or with individual students.
  • Character Education:  Add different character traits to the spinner.  One way you could use it would be to review student’s understanding of the different traits.  Spin the wheel and the student(s) tell what the trait means or how they or someone can use the trait.
  • Bullying:  When discussing different scenarios, students can spin the wheel and give their take from the perspective of the bully, victim or bystander.  How can the bully make a change?  What can the bystander do to make the best choice?  What can the victim do in this specific situation?
  • Careers:  As students are learning about the different career clusters, you can use Decide Me! to assess how much they have learned.  Add different professions to the wheel and have the students decide which cluster the job belongs to.
  • Learning Styles:  This would be great to use in academic groups when discussing the different ways people learn.
  • Feelings Charades:  Add several feelings to the wheel and use the spinner to play feelings charades.

Here are a couple of screen shots of my wheels.

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The Decide Now! wheel could also be used for choosing prizes for games.  If you are playing Bingo with a group or class, and you have a selection of prizes, students could spin the wheel to reveal the prize they’ve won.  Additionally, you could add brain breaks to the wheel and use the spinner to choose one when the kids need a mental break during a lesson.

The regular app is just $0.99 and well worth it.  There is a lite version, but it does not include the ability to create your own wheels.

If you would like a chance to win the app for your iPad, please take a moment to enter my giveaway below.  Five will win!!  Unfortunately, I can only gift this app to entrants who use US iTunes.  I have contacted the Catforce Studio about donating codes for a giveaway, but I have not heard back from them yet.  If and when I do, and if I receive any codes, I’ll have another giveaway on my Facebook page.

This giveaway will end on Monday, June 8 at 11:59PM (EST).  I will email the winners on Tuesday, June 9.

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I’d love to hear some of your ideas for using Decide Now!  If you have an idea, please leave a comment.

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Social Skill Builder App Updates and Giveaway

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Social Skill Builder App Giveaway on SavvySchoolCounselor.comLast year, I wrote a review about the Social Skill Builder App.  This app comes in a full version and a lite version.  You can check out my previous post to learn more about what the app offers.  There are new modules included in the “My School Day” section.   When I first posted about the app, there were only four modules.  Now there are ten.  Like before, the newer modules include videos of various school day situations followed by questions for students to answer.


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Here’s a little about each of the newest modules included since I posted last:

Transition Time demonstrates how students should respond during a transition.  The example used in the module is the end of recess.

Social Skill Builder- Transition

Cubby shows the appropriate way a group of students should use their cubbies along with expected behaviors when several students are at the cubby area at one time.

Social Skill Builder- Cubby

Lunch Time demonstrates how students should find a seat in the cafeteria and table manners.  It also shows the correct way to go through the lunch line.

Social Skill Builder- Lunchtime

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Eating shows students’ expected and unexpected behaviors when eating such as chewing with your mouth closed (expected) and wiping your mouth with your hand (unexpected).

Social Skill Builder- Eating

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Team Games 1 and Team Games 2 focus on appropriate ways to play, what to do if someone gets hurt and good sportsmanship.

Social Skill Builder- Team Games

I have used the app with my social skills groups, and they have enjoyed using it.  I would love to hear from those of you using Social Skill Builder with your students.  If you have used it, please leave a comment and share how it has worked for your students.

Something that has changed since last year is the price of the app.  If you want to purchase the full version, it is now $19.99.  The Lite version is still $2.99 and allows in-app purchases of additional modules.

Here’s another chance for someone to win a code for the FULL Version of the Social Skills Builder App- a $19.99 Value.  All you need to do is enter this giveaway before 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 21.
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Giveaway: Social Skill Builder App

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Yesterday, I posted a review about the full version of the Social Skill Builder App.  This app sells for $12.99.

I’m excited to announce my latest Blog Giveaway!  Social Skill Builder, Inc. has graciously donated THREE FULL Social Skill Builder Apps for me to give to three of my blog readers!  So what are you waiting for?  Enter now!!!

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Social Skill Builder App Review

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SSBuilderAppToday, I would like to take some time to share my experience with the Social Skill Builder iPad App.  First, I would like to thank Amanda from Social Skill Builder, Inc. for  inviting me to complete the review and for sending me the free promo code in order to review the app.

Social Skill Builder is a company that sells software programs created to teach children problem solving, friendship and life skills, critical thinking, emotions, and consequences through the use of interactive video clips.

There are two versions of the app:  Social Skill Builder Lite ($2.99) and Social Skill Builder Full ($12.99).  The difference between the two apps is the number of modules included.  The lite version contains four modules while the full version contains ten.  The complete program on CD is $530.95.   The app is a snapshot of what the complete program offers.

I was given the promo code for the full version, and was able to preview ten modules.  I was also able to use this app with three of my social skills groups.  The students I used the app with were first, second, and fourth graders.  I also plan to share this app with my school’s Speech Language Pathologist as it was created by SLP’s.

There are four categories on the app:  My School Day, Preschool Playtime, School Rules, and My Community.

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My School Day contains four modules:  Classroom, Table Talk, Jungle Gym, and Laughing.  I used this portion of the app with all three groups as the issues addressed tied in well with what my students needed.  The video clips are short enough to keep the students engaged while still getting the point across.  Each video has actors demonstrating behaviors that are expected and unexpected.

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Students are required to select the best answer for a question or a series of questions following each clip.  Students are encouraged when they make correct answer selections as they hear, “Keep looking.  There’s more.”  If all answer choices are correct, students receive positive feedback such as,  “Wow!  You’ve really got it now!” or “Wow!  You got them all!  Great job!”  My students seemed to really like the animated pictures that would pop up on the screen.

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Preschool Playtime includes two modules: Playground and Preschool.  This category says preschool but is still great for the early primary grades.  It is geared toward children age 3-7.  I used a few videos from the playground module with my first grade group.

School Rules includes two modules:  Classroom Assignments and Hanging Out.  This category is geared toward students ranging from age 8-18.   The students in the videos appear to be in middle or high school.  I can see how most of the scenarios can be used with elementary students, but I would most likely use them with students in grades 4 and 5.

My Community includes two modules:  Friend’s House and Restaurant.  I like that this category deals with social behaviors outside of school.  The students are able to review basic social skills involved when visiting a friend or eating out.  It is appropriate for students ages 5-15.

It is very evident as to how this app can be used with a variety of ages. I like that the videos are of real children.  I also like the positive feedback given when correct answers are chosen.  The app is excellent for auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.  All of the students in my small groups are regular education students with the exception of one with an IEP who is on the autism spectrum.  There were a few with attention difficulties.   I never had a student who wasn’t fully engaged while using the app.  The questions were straight forward and to the point.  Having a variety of answer choices made the students take time to think through their selections.

Of course, I would love to have more modules available on the app.  However, there are several videos included within each module.  I was able to easily spend the entire group period (30 minutes) just focusing on and discussing two of the modules.

Would you like to have this app for your iPad?  Enter my Social Skill Builder App Giveaway!  This giveaway will end at 11:59PM on Friday, April 12.

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