Sunday, May 8, 2016

#1 Rated Site At Your Elbow

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Hi my strict followers of today's developing and changing world, it's been a long time! I am here to introduce a web tool presented by me and my fellow worker Gizem OKAN in the Technology and Materials Design course. Please welcome the most rated site for making stories, Storyjumper. Imagine that you want to make a difference in your learning or teaching process and benefit from technology for creating stories in the most correct way. Then let me introduce you to the Storyjumper, one of the most-used websites in education for creating illustrated storybooks.

Storyjumper is website in which students can read and buy, create and share animated digital stories. Very simple to use and encouraging for learners to become more engaged in language learning process! For step by step instructions on how to create a book you can check out a tutorial provided in the Help part of the site.You can also copy of someone else's book if it includes an 'edit' button and customize it anyway you like. For inspiration you can take a look at other books that Storyjumper members have written and search the Storyjumper library at the top of the page.When you are finished click the ''I'm finished'' button and your book will move to the ''Books I finished'' section. It's never too late because you can still edit your book whenever you want. Sharing your book with others is the most appealing part of StoryJumper.When you ''publish'' your book it will be added to the public library so long as it meets some minimum requirements.You can e-mail a link of your book to your friends and family, you can further embed it on other websites. You have print options; hardcover book, paperback book, digital download, plain printing with a watermark. As the site suggests; ''you can enjoy printing your own book for keepsakes, gifts or selling. ''

You figured out the steps and became able to use it for creating your own stories. So, how can teachers use it in language teaching? Let me suggest some ideas for it's use in that purpose.For example;students can become published authors. When you publish your book it will be added to the storyjumper library . Other members can then search for it and it could appear on your public profile that you can share with others. Teachers can give a short beginning to the story and create the first scene then they can assign learners to continue the digital story in line with the teachers. Then students can publish their stories,print them and bring their stories to the classroom. They can change their stories with each other make comments on the website. 


The website also provides teachers with a worksheet. It is used as a tool by teachers for teaching students the creative writing process and coach them in building 7 primary components of a story. Teachers can split the class into small groups and have them work on each step in teams and brainstorm ideas together. After each step, each group can share their results and teachers can have the class vote on which team's idea to use. When student's worksheets are ready they are ready to build their own stories on the website. Teachers can make each group create stories and share them with the rest of the class. So if you have 7 groups, you have 7 different digital stories made by the learners. Such activities can encourage students to be involved in learning and they can enjoy themselves when they feel that they are learning. 

*You can read my storybook made by Storyjumper below


Book titled 'The Donkey and The Little Dog'
Read this free book made on StoryJumper


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