Teacher Review for My Story Book Maker

Great way to create and share ebooks

Melissa P.
Independent educational technology consultant
Currey Ingram Academy (Brentwood, TN)
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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
Further application
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this app with students in grades 2-7. I've mostly use this app to help students tell original stories. Students love illustrating their story with the stickers, pencil, and camera features. Students also really like the audio feature, making their book an audio-enabled ebook. Some of my collaborating teachers have also used this app informally as an instructional tool. They don't create books to share, but students use the app to re-tell a story they've read or demonstrate understanding of a concept. The app is a great tool for students with language and/or writing deficits to use images and the voice recorder to share their thoughts.
My Take
I really like the My Story app for storytelling and creative expression. The app has changed significantly since the original Graphite review and looks nothing like the pictures posted with the review - it is so much better and very user friendly. I downloaded it when it was on sale for free, but it is worth the full price. One of the best features is the ease of sharing. My Story will host the book on their server so you can share it with a link and view it in a browser. You can also share it via social media or open it in iBooks. Our school is 1:1 iPads, but you can have multiple authors creating books on the same iPad, which is great for classrooms where students share devices. I have used several different storytelling and book creation apps and this is one of the best, especially for elementary students.