Monday, December 30, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - Story Creator Pro

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Story Creator Pro (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, $1.99)

Reviewer Comments
As the need to increase writing skills becomes more important apps like Story Creator Pro assist those students who are hesitant writers. The app includes the option to write with a finger or stylus or text. In addition, students can add pictures from their camera roll or snap as they are writing. Students can also add audio which is an asset for non-writers or those with strong auditory processing skills.
The app is very easy to use. Each story the child creates can have a unique cover or simply use the black journal book cover provided. Students simply type or write their words on blank pages. If students want to add audio they just press the microphone to add their words. Upon completion of the book students can listen to their stories. If the student is able to add text and audio, the words are highlighted to reinforce reading comprehension, auditory comprehension and memory.
Behaviorally, teachers can make social stories with students adding pictures to the stories making this a multi-purpose app.
Educationally, students can use Google images or their own drawings to explain literary and or informational concepts.
We use this app as a weekly journal app to increase our students' ability to express themselves independently. The app allows us as teachers to differentiate tasks to meet the unique needs of our students. A goal we have for all of our students is the ability to answer "WH" questions. Another goal is to encourage them to write a sentence or paragraph independently. This app has been helpful in assisting our students with both of these goals.
Possible IEP Goals:
When given a list of ___ number of vocabulary words, the student will use them in a writing assignment.
When given a written assignment that contains punctuation and capitalization errors, the student will identify and correct the errors.
The student will write a simple answer to a question asked by the teacher.
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