The Social Express Pro
- handling stress
- identifying emotions
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.2.4||Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.|
|SL.3: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.3.4||Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.|
Pricing depends on number of students using the app and length of subscription.
Includes The Social Express Guide, which has lesson information on how to use the app. Printables are also available -- these include achievement certificates, feeling visuals, coping strategies, Hidden Social Keys, and character profiles.
ProsInteractive lessons connect to the real world; extensive teacher tools support learning.
ConsSubscriptions can be pricey.
Bottom LineCompelling webisodes help students learn to cope with real-life situations.
Graphite Expert Review
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Special Education Instructor
Exquisite graphics and animation -- kids will feel as if they are interacting with a character from their favorite animated movie. Each scenario is familiar to elementary and middle school kids, making this a go-to app.
Kids are actively involved in determining appropriate social cues as they help the characters make choices in a variety of real-life situations. These are skills kids can use while playing with friends and with classmates.
The app contains a curriculum with teaching materials, including lesson pre-planning, lesson plans, worksheets, assessments, and more.
The Social Express Pro is an animated app for boosting kids' social-awareness skills. Each lesson presents daily interactive social situations using video modeling, "hidden rules," and suggestions for how to solve problems in daily life. Beginner lessons encourage kids to explore nonverbal cues and the importance of eye contact. Intermediate lessons help kids transfer social rules into real life. Each level includes teacher tips to help teachers guide students in resolving the intended social lesson.
After setting up or selecting a profile, teachers or kids choose a beginner or intermediate webisode. They'll see an introduction screen with the title of the webisode, the goal, and a summary. The fully animated lessons target many of the social skills kids encounter in their day-to-day lives. Kids help each character resolve social situations at locations around town including a cafe, a fire station, a music store, and a park. Every lesson offers the option to stop and replay.Read More Read Less
Using animated characters and real-life social situations captures kids' attention and offers them a natural way to understand and practice key social cues and skills that are needed for success in life. The app uses beautiful visuals and animation to present realistic day-to-day social scenarios. Each lesson offers kids the chance to make decisions about the choices the characters make, and kids can try again if they respond incorrectly. Repeating the lessons can help increase a child's social awareness. And kids' choices in the app can seed discussions about how to transfer these social skills to kids' personal lives. Printables allow kids to have a tangible reminder about coping strategies, feelings, and more; kids can carry these with them or post them on a wall.
Part of what makes the app shine is the guidance it gives teachers, from the "teaching tips" that appear during a lesson (tips can be turned off for students using the app independently) to the comprehensive Curriculum section with lesson plans, assessments, printables, and more. There aren't many downsides to the app, but the Clubhouse social network raises privacy concerns because kids can reveal personal information. It's optional, though, so teachers can simply choose not to allow students to participate. Additionally, subscriptions might be beyond the price range of some classroom budgets.Read More Read Less
Depending on your students, The Social Express Pro can be great for whole-class, small-group, or one-to-one instruction. Using a Smart Board, you can show webisodes to your students and have them help characters make correct social choices. For the speaking component, have students role-play the given scenarios within each lesson to reinforce social concepts. As students become more involved with the lessons, you might even want to video or record students to help them evaluate their presentations. Have students discuss other social situations they may encounter in school, such as the locker room, the hallways, or recess.Read More Read Less
See How Teachers Are Using The Social Express Pro
Field Notes Field Notes are reviews by teachers for teachers. In Field Notes, teachers rate products as well as share their hands-on experience with using the products in the classroom.
- Decent techonlogy tool to use with students in a Social Skills groupCraig R.
Dorseyville Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA4November 2, 2014