Thursday, 10 November 2011

Story Wheel App for iPad & iPhone

Story Wheel is an app where storymaking becomes collaborative and fun. By spinning a virtual wheel a picture appears. When ready, press record to capture up to 30 seconds of the story's narration. Spinning the wheel again produces another picture which the next (or same) 'player' can use to carry on the narrative until the story is complete. Watch the video below for an overview. (You could use the idea for a paper-based activity following the same principle of picture prompts.)

My 5-year-old son loves this app and is delighted to send out his creations via the 'share' (via email) function on the iPad. 

  • Take the pressure off weak writers while still providing opportunities for them to create stories.
  • Use the recordings to guide learners in their writing; it will be easier for them to produce meaningful texts verbally before focusing on the technical aspects of writing.
  • Print off icons of the various story elements so learners have the opportunity to try before recording.
  • Use in foreign-language classrooms - no reason it has to be in English!

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