Teacher Review for StoryKit

StoryKit is my "go-to" app for teaching the writing process with K-5. It utilizes images, text and voice to digitize student essays.

Frances N.
Classroom teacher
PS 79 Queens The Francis Lewis School
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use StoryKit exclusively with third graders when they do case studies of specific countries in Social Studies. I couple it with dropbox and preselect the images students will use. This eliminates problems with photograph copyright issues. Students research country facts, write their essays by hand, then move their work into StoryKit, reading the essay aloud. I embed the image onto the school wikispace, adding a link to their work on the StoryKit server. Parents love to hear their children's voices, and I grade their digital essays against the student-created rubric.
My Take
This is an excellent app for teaching the writing process. Students learn the interface easily and move between their handwritten essay into the digital world easily. I highly recommend it.