Teacher Review for Storypanda Books -- Read, Create, Share Kids Stories

Great potential but needs some tweaking .

Chad S.
Technology coordinator
Perris High School
Perris, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
This app would serve as a good one-time use product for the classroom. You can use is for short story creation, and perhaps, as an application exercise to practice proper grammar and punctuation. Students can edit an already-made story using pre-placed characters and animation. There are a limited number of characters and backgrounds to choose from. The story is already written out with an option to alter the text.
My Take
StoryPanda for the iPad comes with one free story. There are three other stories that are available for purchase for $2.99, but honestly they don't look visually appealing at first glance. The story is appropriate for 5-8 year olds and provides options for readers to choose their own adventure. The story is about 10 one-sentence pages long. You can change genders of the characters, but that's about it. You have 3 backgrounds to choose from. After you create your story, you're given the option to share your story via Facebook, Twitter, or email. When I tested this feature, it did not work: the link would send you to a broken web page. Overall, this is an app that could have been good but fails to deliver at many levels.