Tool Evaluation 4

StoryJumper.com

https://www.storyjumper.com/

story-jumper
https://www.storyjumper.com/library/my

Overview:

Type of software: Web 2.0, storytelling, digital book creator

Primary User: someone who wants to create a digital book

Appropriate audience: anyone who wants to create a digital storybook; primarily upper elementary aged students

Price: Free

Features:

  • Sign up for free as a regular user, or as an educator.
  • Educator can create a class page where the students can search for the title and see all of the books the teacher has created and posted.
  • Add scenes, photos, text, props, and more. Some are offered by the website but you can also upload your own photos.
  • Invite other users to collaborate on the book with you.
  • Communicate via video chat while creating the book.
  • Design your text with different colors, fonts, and sizes.
  • Add as many pages as you would like, including cover pages, dedication pages, and a back cover.
  • The software auto-saves progress while you are working, so the user does not lose his or her work if something goes wrong.
  • Appropriate for elementary aged students since a lot of the props and scenes provided are for younger students, but any user can create a blank book and upload their own photos to use.
  • Has a “How To?” button if the user needs clarification or help on how to do something.
  • Can search other books created by other users open to the public under the library page.

Above is a video tutorial of how to use StoryJumper

Evaluation:

Age Appropriateness: StoryJumper is highly appropriate for younger aged students and for teachers too! The photos, types of books offered, and props are very kid-friendly and cartoon-like (pictures of dogs, sun, etc.). This is really engaging for younger students and also offers creativity for students and any other users as well. Students are not limited to these features offered by the website; they can upload their own content appropriate pictures, if they are familiar with how to do so.

Ease of Use: This site is very straightforward with its features and how to create your digital book. It provides a tutorial, and blurbs of instruction when the user first enters the site. The left sidebar provides access to all of the different features the user can include in his or her book (text, photos, scenes, props). The font is big, legible, and easily understandable for elementary aged students. If the user needs assistance, they can click on the “How To?” button. If the user is a student, they can easily search for their class page to access the books their teacher has posted.

Strengths:

  • Straightforward, and easy to navigate
  • Free
  • Appropriate for elementary aged students and for teachers to create books
  • Can search for books other users have made to incorporate into a lesson
  • The collaboration option for teachers and/or students to use to work together to create a book
  • Can upload your own photos to use in your book

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    Screenshot from my computer when I was creating my book.
  • Video tutorial available if user needs help
  • Perfect for educators
  • Can present a book on a digital whiteboard as a presentation (when the user clicks play on their book, the pages flip as if it were a real book with sound included)
  • Users can leave comments on other users books (e.g., teacher can leave feedback for his or her students)
  • Can make the book private or public

Limitations:

  • Unsure if the user can include videos or audio into their books
  • Need to have a pretty good grasp on how to upload pictures, edit text, and overall work with technology to get the best use out of this software
  • Students could get distracted by the designing aspect of creating their book rather than focus on the content

Application:

If a teacher wants students to create a book independently or with a partner but has limited time for them to do so, using StoryJumper would be a positive alternative. Since creating a handmade book requires tedious work, detail, and time commitment; making a digital book would save a lot of time and would allow for neatness and creativity, especially if done by elementary aged students. The students can creatively collaborate to make a book for an assignment, the teacher would be able to easily access their work and leave them feedback, and it would all be done time efficiently.

Sometimes when a student presents his or her work to their classmates, not every student can see the work being presented, or read the words and observe the pictures if they are presenting a book (I have seen this in my pre-prac). To avoid this, the teacher should have his or her students use StoryJumper to create their books. This way, when the students are finished, the teacher can easily bring up their book and have it displayed on the board via a projector or a digital whiteboard, and every student will be able to clearly see the student’s work.

Click here to read a very brief book I created on StoryJumper.

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