|Name of teaching resource
I have used ‘StoryKit’, it is an application that is free to download.
|Weblink (if web based)
I downloaded the free app. This resource is intended for Year 2.
1. On the home page, there is an option to select either a ‘new book’, ‘read a traditional story’, or ‘edit a traditional story’.
2. For this exercise, I created a ‘new story’. It entails blank pages in which pictures, text, voice memo, and paint can be added.
3. I have added pictures from an existing file (the iPad camera can also be utilised) and I have added text.
4. Lastly. I gave the story a title and author. The finished product can be e-mailed, read, or edited.
5. This is a screenshot of the finished product via e-mail.
|Who should this digital teaching resource be used with?
The software is a basic resource that enables transmedia storytelling. It could be utilised in any K-6 class to create a digital story.
|How should it be used?
The software will need little introduction as it is easy to implement. Children should draft a plan and use the resource to practice using different styles of writing including persuasive, imaginative and informative. Adaptations of traditional stories could be attempted by more advanced students. It would be suitable for individual presentations or group work.
|Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?
Language, literature and literacy. I created this resource for use in creating a text for literacy in Year 2 (ACELY1674). It combines elements of the software program through experimentation to make a digital text (www.scootle.edu.au).
|Identify the strengths of this teaching resource
It is incredibly user-friendly. Time will not be wasted trying to figure out the functions of the application. It turns writing a book into something meaningful. Choices are made in the creation and it encourages “students to ‘think’ about their thinking” which develops critical thinking skills (Hoffman, 2010, para. 14).
|Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource
Firstly, the interface is not particularly enticing, and it lacks any advanced features. It may be too austere for digitally native children. I was equally expecting it to be more interactive, for example, there should be transitions for flicking between pages. It would also serve beneficial if it had a sound bank to add sound effects. The other annoying thing proves the app only viewable in portrait orientation.
|Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource
As I prepared this learning resource, I became disappointed with its lack of functions. I searched for a more suitable app. I tried Story Creator-Easy story book maker for kids. The interface looked more enticing, however, it was not really user-friendly. StoryKit would be suitable for K-2, however, I think older grades would benefit from using a product like Wevideo to produce a storybook.