Teacher Review For StoryLines for Schools

Fun Interactive Word App

Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
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
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Storylines for Schools in pass-n-play mode with either 3 or 5 players. Often we use it seasonally for a fun "party day" activity such as Halloween or Valentine's Day. I will either give students a word or phrase related to the holiday or let them choose, depending on their confidence level. On other occasions I'll ask students to use vocabulary related to a literature study or science or social studies unit. There are also vocabulary words included for different grade levels, but even some of the elementary words are a challenge for 2nd graders. My daughter has played it with friends to study for SAT vocabulary, which is more fun for her than flashcards.
My Take
This is a fun app for reviewing words or general concepts. The game is quick and keeps students engaged and laughing. It is accessible by all learners. I like that we can add our own word or phrase so it's very open-ended. I also like only having a single black writing tool. While the drawing created then aren't detailed artwork (at least not by 2nd graders) it keeps the game moving because students are busy trying to change pen color and thickness. It forces them to make a quick sketch, as intended.