How I Use It
Sutori would be useful in a 5th grade or Middle School classroom as an interactive tool for summative and formative assessment. Sutori could be used if students had to explain their thinking and then share it as a collaborative tool. The tool would be useful to explain literary and informational text. For instance, it could be used to visually compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
Learners could also use Sutori to create original content to deliver an original story. Sutori allows users to add videos, text, and quizzes to be embedded. The idea of embedding video and quizzes makes Sutori interactive and relevant for a 21st century classroom because it takes it beyond a digital worksheet.
Pros - I like how the Sutori community is set up so educators can use other Sutoris and adapt them for classroom use. They have integrated Sutori with Google Classroom, G+, Twitter, and Facebook which makes it extremely easy to share. Furthermore, you can create a link or you can embed a Sutori too. The open ended forums option and opportunity to add questions within the timeline is a valuable tool. Overall it's an engaging and creative way to develop rich content which goes beyond the dry static informational topics found in text books.
Cons - Setting up a quiz was a little confusing and the help menu didn't answer our question. We figured it out after playing with it a little. Google slides, Adobe Spark, and Google forms have the same features with video embedding and quiz features. The free version has some limitations and doesn't include student tracking and progress which would be useful for formative and summative assessment. Sutori unlimited is $99 a year which could be a deterrent in a cash strapped educational setting.