App of the Week: Social Quest, for expressive and receptive language

By Stephen Noonoo
August 10th, 2015

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app

What’s It Like? At the start of the app, an adult will decide if the student(s) will work on receptive or expressive language, and then kids create a character by uploading an image or using an avatar. Teachers or speech professionals can also select the level of challenge involved with answering questions and what to do with erroneous responses. Students or teachers can then drag their avatars to one or more environments and then slide the transporter icon to begin their quests. Kids listen to a scenario and choose one or more options that best fit social norms associated with that situation.

Price: $13

Grades: 6-12

Pros: Designed by professionals to target specific and appropriate language responses.

Cons: Visually busy, which may present problems for some students.

Bottom line: This is a must-have for middle school students who need extra receptive and expressive language practice.


About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.