Writing with StoryJumper
TECHY TEACHER 2015-2016 VOLUME 8
I'm always on the lookout for ideas that encourage kids to write. StoryJumper.com is a site where students can create a book and share it with a global audience. There are intuitive tools that allow the writer to add "props" from the site itself as well as background scenes and text. Users are also able to upload their own photos to use.
What a wonderful way to encourage creative writing or to use to showcase a researched topic. Create a class anthology of specific types of writing.
Stories can be shared online and printed for free. Parents can purchase a hardback or paperback copy for themselves from the site as well.
WHY WOULD I USE STORYJUMPER?
HOW DO YOU USE STORYJUMPER?
DO YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE TO SHARE?
HOW WOULD I USE THIS WITH MY STUDENTS?
Teachers can sign up for a free account to get the ball rolling. StoryJumper recommends that teachers send home a permission slip so that students have access to their accounts at home. Teachers open a window of access for the students while they are at school.Students can use the handy dandy planning chart to start the creative writing process. Once the written story is completed and looked over by peer editors or the teacher (Google Docs would be a GREAT tool to use for writing and editing that actual story,) I would probably have them create a storyboard so that they will be able to accurately plan out the pictures/photos they want for their project.
From here is where I would introduce the StoryJumper site, whole class, and give the kids their login information. It's important to give them a short overview of the tools they can use and allow them time to play with those tools. Maybe have them all create a two-page book on a concept learned in class. If you are working with older students, you may want them to work on the task at hand earlier than if you are working with younger students.
Your overall expectations for the students need to be clear and curriculum oriented. As with everything we do, student learning should drive the instruction. StoryJumper is a great way to enhance the writing curriculum. Having a global audience can drive the students to work harder.