Story has quickly become a very popular app amongst teachers. Students can quickly create a high quality presentation or digital book with the app. It allows the user to put in pictures, captions, and full pages of text within the book.
Here is an example that Mrs. Yoder had her first graders build. For several days, the students collaborated and built a list of animals for each letter of the alphabet. Mrs. Yoder sent the list to me and I used Morgue File to gather royalty-free photographs. I then sent her about four or five letters worth of pictures to her so that she could forward them to her students. (Yes, teachers can email fairly large amounts of photos to students. In this project, I was able to send 26 pictures.) The first graders downloaded the images to their camera roll, imported them into the Story project, and if students had additional time, they added facts about animals.
There was one little hiccup though. Mrs. Yoder quickly found out toward the end of the project that the user can only make twenty two-page spreads. So to solve that problem, Mrs. Yoder had students use Pic Collage to cluster together the last few animals.
Here is the direct link to the Story example by Lauren.
Zack recently posted about the field trip project that Mrs. Millus’ class was able to complete earlier this week. I was able to follow up with Mrs. Sims today to go a little further into the project. This time we had students create a title page with their name, add five photos, and add a fact that they know about each animal.
I took roughly ten minutes to orient them through the app. I taught them how to start a new Story, edit the title page, insert photos, and insert more text boxes. Along with that, I also had to teach them how to move pictures or text boxes that may seem out of place. The students quickly caught on surprisingly well since this is the first time that they have ever used the application. If you are uncertain of how to do all those steps, I do have a video that will help orient you with the application.
One downfall of this application is that we had to type in the teacher’s entire email address. Typically when students email work to their teacher, they can just start the beginning part of the email address and it pops up for them so they do not have to finish it. For some reason, it is not accessing the contacts list from our school district. (This might be an issue that is only exclusive to East Noble School Corporation.) I think what will need to happen is to actually add the teacher’s email address to their contact list manually if this is going to be an app the kids will use on a regular basis.
Here are the results:
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Rome City first graders took a field trip to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and took their iPod’s along for the trip. Below are a couple presentations created yesterday with Mrs. Millus and her class using Disney’s Story app. Story can be used to share anything students create and want to share in a presentation similar to Story Kit, Scribble Press, and 30Hands.
We just scraped the surface with this app in 30 minutes and didn’t get to adding captions, inserting additional photos and videos, or changing the theme – I’m sure they will figure these out later. What is great about Story is when you email from the app you can embed or share the link with parents and they can keep the story created by their student. In the future we’re going to copy the links to their KidBlog and the students will be fully responsible for creating, saving and sharing their stories.