We have a set of 5 ipads for our
classroom and they are fantastic. During our unit Writers as Mentors in January, our friends drafted and published their own personal narratives. After students finished with their
final drafts, they took turns being REAL authors using Story Buddy.
Story Buddy is a
$4.99 app that allows students to create multi-page stories using text, audio,
and illustrations. Plus, the stories can be downloaded/emailed out to parents
(please note – Although I am semi-techy, I still have not figured out this
feature.) Therefore, here is my sample for you in the form of screen shots,
It allows students’ writings to become
REAL books. The process is SO motivating for students.
When students type their personal
narratives, they naturally edit spelling, verb agreement, spacing, and
sequence of events. So, their ‘final paper drafts’ are replaced by the significantly better Story Buddy!
When typing, squiggly lines appear
when words are misspelled, so students know when they need to check a word.
There are many options for colors,
text style, and backgrounds. It gives students opportunities to create a
piece unique to them.
The final products are fantastic and
SO much fun to share in front of the class.
You may only store 5 books on every
Moving pages around is impossible, so
students must properly sequence events the first time.
You cannot edit letters within a word;
rather, you have to delete the entire word.
Difficult to figure out download
It takes a significant amount of time
for 1st graders to peck out their writings –l.e.t.t.e.r. by
authors put every.single.word of their stories on a single page?” so many times! J
Our students have been uber motivated by Story Buddy….like “May I please work
on Story Buddy during recess?” motivated. Plus, we have some awesome, awesome final
products. When we presented some of the pieces on Spotlight Night the parents and administrators
were super impressed! So, regardless of the small aggravations (which are more aggravating for the teacher than the student), I would definitely encourage you to check Story Buddy out!
you learned about a new resource. If you already use Story Buddy, what do you think of