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Appy Friday! Story Kit

Description: Story Kit is a very straightforward, user-friendly iPad tool (a.k.a. app). It is free to download, making it accessible to a variety of users. Story Kit allows the user to make an online book that is creative and uses images as well as sounds to enhance the book. When you first open the app a bookshelf pops up and you are able to create a new story with the quick click of the screen. You can use a photo from your photo library on your phone or iPad and design the background as well as add sound to the page. When a Story Kit is complete it may be opened on an Apple product (i.e., iPhone, iPad) or on any computer (Mac or PC) through an easy URL that is shared through email. Using the Story Kit app is as easy as:

1.    Open a new page
2.    Choose a picture
3.    Upload the picture to the app
4.    Record audio
4.    Type in text
5.    Color/design the background
6.    Save your wok
7.    Share (through email)
8.    Watch!


**Here is a link to a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Story Kit.


Classroom Usage: Another fabulous component to Story Kit is that it may be used both individually and in a small group. Students may need teacher guidance initially then begin to run their own project when they become more comfortable.

There are many uses for Story Kit in the classroom. Students can use Story Kit...


  • in writing to record their voice while reading aloud one of their own pieces.
  • in reading to record their voice (or a partners) to practice reading for fluency.
  • to read a popular tale in their own, unique style.
  • show the steps of solving a math problem (i.e., word problem).
  • explain the rules and procedures of the classroom for students coming in next year.
  • introduce a new unit (teacher directed).
  • demonstrate their learning on a topic on the classroom.



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