How I Use It
I would use this product in connection with 6-Traits and our daily writing curriculum. I would incorporate mini-lessons in writing and then have students practice those skills on paper and through Story Jumper. Because we have limited access to computers at my school, I am planning to have my students collect their writing ideas and story beginnings in their writer's notebooks, and then choose a story each quarter to develop and illustrate using Story Jumper. Working with young children, I find that working with a writing buddy can be a fun and worthwhile experience. Story Jumper would work well for writing buddies, as well as independent writing. It could also be utilized at home as well as at school, since it is available online. This would allow students to be able to work on their story outside of school too. There are many fun possibilities. I am excited to try it with my students this year and see how things go, what works and what doesn't work, and what fun experiences it provides for learning and growth.
Story Jumper offers a fun and engaging means of making writing come to life. It offers all kinds of pictures (props) for developing ideas and creating characters. It offers a quick tour or video to help first timers learn how to use the product, navigate the various features, and create their own stories. I have found that it is helpful to go through the quick tour together with my students so that they all learn how to use the program--I teach 6 and 7 year olds, so teachers of older children may not find this to be necessary for them. Writing can be a daunting task for many kids and they often respond to a writing assignment with, "I don't know what to write." I have found that having pictures available can help my students to come up with ideas and create some fun and exciting stories. This product provides easy access to props, which stimulates students' writing ideas, and then empowers them to write, edit, and illustrate their story in a fun and engaging way. It also provides me with some wonderful teaching opportunities and ideas for mini-lessons. I can't wait to get started with writing this year!