Wednesday, February 27, 2013

iPod touch StoryKit Books

One of our favorite apps is StoryKit. It is a very simple book creator app but the students really love using it. And the teachers lover the ease of use along with the ability for students to write and record their books.

Over the years we have used it to create a wide variety of books. Students have created math books about geometric shapes and finding items that are "about" a yard long or "about" an inch long, both using images of real world objects to represent the math concepts.

And of course students have used it to create books to share their research and understanding of different animals or planets for science. We have created holiday books to illustrate learning about Thanksgiving or highlighting students favorite holidays.

StoryKit was even used for students to really deepen their learning about the organizational features of informational text by creating their own books with a title page, table of contents, index, and glossary. As the students recorded their books they actually described how each organizational feature helped them understanding non-fiction texts.

This year one teacher combined animal research and learning about information text features by having students add pictures and text about their animal along with the organizational features pages - table of contents, index, and glossary.

StoryKit is such as great app for the students. Just wish we had a way to more easily share the books and audio narration.

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