App:My Story for the iPad
Cost: 1.99 US
Grade Level:Kindergarten to grade 5
What it does: My Story allows the user to create a story by drawing it. They can also upload photos and either leave them as is or draw over them. Once a student has created a page, they can add text and/or record their voice to tell their story. When they are finished their book, they can read it in My Books, or in iBooks on your computer, or it can be e-mailed to others to read or embedded in a blog.
How's the App: I really like this app because it differentiates story making. It allows students with a variety of strengths to use the app in a way that suits them best. If a student prefers writing over drawing, they can use photographs rather than drawings in the story. Students who are reluctant writers but still have a story to tell can draw their pictures and record their text, rather than writing it. Students at all levels can read each others books in a way that suits them, if you have pictures, text and recording within a book. My Story also offers options for students when they are drawing such as colour, line thickness and shape. There are some options without it becoming overwhelming. This is an app that I will definitely use with my students.
What it could be used for: Having students create stories that can be shared with others in the class, or with those from other classes.
Rating: 4 out of 5