Kid in Story Book Maker
- making new creations
- identifying emotions
- social intelligence
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Key Standards Supported
|RL.K: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RL.K.9||With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.|
|RL.1: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RL.1.7||Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.|
Speaking & Listening
|SL.K: Comprehension and Collaboration|
|SL.K.1||Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.|
|SL.1: Comprehension and Collaboration|
|SL.1.1||Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.|
|W.K: Text Types and Purposes|
|W.K.1||Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).|
|W.1: Text Types and Purposes|
|W.1.1||Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.|
No teacher dashboard. The history bar keeps all the images used already to make adding kids' images to multiple pages or books easier.
ProsImpressive green-screen technology extracts kid's image from the background.
ConsOnly a few templates currently available, but developer promises more.
Bottom LineKid in Story Book Maker is a must-have story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.
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Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
What's more exciting to kids than reading stories or publishing their own? Starring in those stories!
Creating social stories allows kids to see themselves in different situations before they encounter them, which may ease anxiety. This approach can be very successful with kids on the autism spectrum.
Easy-to-follow tutorial video shows kids, parents, and teachers how to create or alter stories.
Kid in Story Book Maker includes several template stories where teachers, therapists, parents, or older kids can add their image right into the story. With the impressive green-screen technology, it's easy to extract a person's image from a photo and eliminate the background, so just the picture of a person can be dropped into the scenes in the book. Teachers or therapists can create custom books from scratch using their own images and words, or they can add a kid's image into existing social story templates. Add your own text and record your voice, as well. The developers also have a free reader app available so you can share the books with others for at-home reading, too.Read More Read Less
Though many storybook creation apps exist, Kid in Story Book Maker is unique. Even with a relatively hefty price tag, its social story focus makes it a valuable asset for kids, especially those with special needs who require extra help with social or communication skills. A video tutorial shows exactly how to use the tool, which is so easy to manipulate that kids will quickly be able to create their own stories and insert themselves or their friends into them. The green-screen technology that finds the person within the picture and extracts him or her is pretty impressive. Even if it's wrong at first, it's easy to change the parameters to extract only the person's image from the background. Kids can easily share their storybooks, too, even with friends and family who do not buy the app, since there is a free reader available for download. Ways to use Kid in Story Book Maker are limitless -- from creating stories to prepare kids for new situations, to describing emotions using text and images (or spoken word) in therapeutic settings, to creating stories on any topic in any class.Read More Read Less
Occupational therapists, speech therapists, or teachers can create social stories for kids featuring the kid they are working with to help them prepare for new situations or adapt to a routine. Kids can easily create their own stories, too, using pictures of themselves. The templates currently on the app include: Faces iMake, Let’s Get a Haircut, What Will I See in San Francisco?, Are Monsters Hiding in My Room?, On the Playground, When Is It Time to Wash My Hands?, and A Day at the Movies. The developer promises more templates to come.Read More Read Less