StoryKit

Looking for a straightforward story-writing app that is appropriate for the classroom? Look no further! Even very young pupils will enjoy composing, recording, and illustrating stories.

1st - 8th English Language Arts 28 Views 9 Downloads
App Overview

Open up StoryKit and tap New Book to create a story with text, images, and audio!

Bring a Story to Life By:

  • Taking pictures
  • Adding photos from the camera roll
  • Typing in text
  • Recording a voice
  • Drawing an image

Features:

  • Add as many pages as desired
  • Undo and redo actions
  • Resize and reposition text boxes and photos by pinching and dragging
  • Tap a text box or image to delete or edit
  • From the edit page, add a title, author, and notes
  • Read and edit any story on the device (including four pre-loaded stories)
  • While reading, scroll text up and down if it is too long for the text box
  • Delete and rearrange pages within a story
  • Share a story; the app will create a private web address that can be e-mailed
  • Read and listen to a story from a computer, after it has been shared
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Instructional Ideas

Ask your youngsters to write, illustrate, and narrate short stories. After they have completed their work, other class members can read or listen their work on the device. Alternatively, you could project their work and have class story time. Class members could even create original interpretations of classic stories.

If you have access to fewer tablets, class members could compose collaborative stories, building off of one another's work. Also consider stations for this situation.

The recording feature is great for English language learners or pupils who need to practice reading fluency. Make sure these kids narrate their stories and listen to their voice after recording.

After completing their work, allow students to e-mail their stories to parents or guardians. The audio does work in e-mailed stories.

Classroom Considerations

The large text and simple interface will appeal to young users. StoryKit was originally designed for a phone, so the buttons appear large on the tablet version. However, this just makes them easier to press. Images do look pixelated.

Since recording takes you to a new page, you can't see the text you have typed into the app while you are recording. Make sure to write it out on a piece of paper first.

There are a few parts of a story that can't be changed. Font size is set, and pictures are square. When you open up the camera, two bars are grayed out on the top and bottom of the screen. These areas will not show up in your photo.

Anyone can edit a book or page saved in StoryKit! Enourage caution and keep an eye on your learners as they work.

Pros

  • Intuitive controls
  • Simple functionality with the potential for creativity
Cons

  • Images appear pixelated on a large tablet
  • Can't record and view text and the same time