I’m so glad I’ve finally gotten around to telling you about this app I absolutely love.
Storykit is completely free and developed by the International Children’s Digital Library. It’s an app you can use to read some of the books available through the ICDL, but its much more attractive feature is as a story building app.
Basically, Storykit is an app that lets you develop your own digital book. It’s so intuitive small children can use it (I know – my preschooler can). Just create a book and start adding pages.
On a page, you can add a photo, add text, add audio, add a doodle, or all of the above.
When you’re done, arrange the pages as you wish. Then, “share” it, and it gets published online at a private link you can email to parents or teachers.
Read my simple story about my family here (click on the audio icons to hear me talk about the pages).
I’m guessing your mind is going all the different ways mine did when I started exploring this app. Of course there’s the obvious function of any kind of proficiency demonstration that students can share with you via the internet.
But a suggestion from a teacher I know regarding another free app, Videolicious, got me thinking in another direction. I’ve never done portfolios before to monitor student progress but this year I’m going to start using Storykit as an easy option for students to create their own digital portfolio. Each “page” will represent what they accomplished on a unit assessment. I’d love to get the teacher of the lower levels using it too. Wouldn’t it be great if students had a series of “books” that showed them their progress from middle school through AP Spanish? That’s some powerful reflection!
What other ideas do you have for Storykit?