Teach Through Apps: StoryMaker Free

Teach Through Apps: StoryMaker Free

Age level: Preschool, Early Elementary
Description: This is a simple app designed to allow learners to create their own stories, page by page. For each page, the child is able to add places, people, clothes, foods, animals, and more. They can also draw their own pictures and add text. With the free version, you can create pages but are unable to save them. With an in-app purchase, you can save the stories you create.
Skills & Modifications: The app is designed to work on story structure and writing stories. Because the student is creating the story, it is incredibly easy to modify the expectations to meet the current level of that student.

  • Tacting (Labeling) – I frequently use scenes I’ve created to have students tact different items. For example, I can choose “bathroom” from the places menu, “mother” from the people menu, and “soap” and “toothbrush” from the things menu. Then I ask the learner to tell me what’s in the picture. Depending on their skill level, I may point to each item individually and ask what it is. This is a great tool for testing for generalization.
  • Prepositions – It is very easy to create scenes on the screen, then place an object in different parts of the picture. For example, I’ll choose a kitchen scene, then put a plate on the table, and ask the student where the plate is. I can move the plate around the scene (for example, under the table) and ask the student where the plate is now. I will also tell the child to put objects in different places so they can practice following directions that include prepositions.
  • Describing Pictures – Another teacher showed me how she uses this app to help students appropriately describe a picture. For example, she’ll create a scene on the screen, such as two children playing with a ball on the beach. She requires the student to describe the photo in one sentence including all the important details. She will also allow the student to create his/her own picture then describe it to her.
  • Wh- Questions – Much like the way my friend teaches Describing Pictures, I use it to ask specific questions about pictures. For example, for the beach scene previously described, I will ask “Where are the kids?” This is good for early learners who are still learning how to respond to Wh- questions, or for learners who need to learn Wh- questions one at a time.
  • Listening – For some students, I will describe a scene to them, then have them recreate the scene I have just described.

Pros: The app is intuitive for adults and children.
Cons: My only complaint about the app is that you cannot manipulate the size of any of the items you place in the scene. Sometimes when you place multiple objects they are not proportional to the place you chose or the size of the people.
Cost: Free, with an in-app purchase to be able to save pages the student created.  Should I buy this? It’s free. Download it now!
ABLLS: C51, G4, G6, G19, G35, G39, G40, H28
VB-MAPP: Tact 3, Tact 6, Tact 7, Listener 10

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