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Please Recommend Online site for K & 1 student created projects

Please Recommend Online site for K & 1 student created projects

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I'm looking for a replacement for Little Bird Tales (www.littlebirdtales.com), which I have been using with my K & 1 classes for the past couple of years. I loved this program until the last few weeks, when the developer decided to "improve" it. Now it is much too reading-intensive and complicated for my little students. I've discussed it with him at length, and I think he may have had a different target audience in mind when he made the changes.

Here's what I'm looking for: A program that allows the children to draw their own pictures, write captions and record themselves talking about the picture or telling a story. It can have multiple pages. When published, I'd like it to create a class page with all the kids' projects so I can direct parents to the link online.

Can any one suggest a good substitute? Unfortunately we have a limited collection of iPads, so it needs to be computer-based. Thanks!

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Jane Allison's picture
Jane Allison
Computer Technology Teacher

Thanks, Kristen, I'll take a look. You should come visit us and see all the cool things my little ones are working on! The first graders are blogging! http://msallisontech.wikispaces.com/Kid+Blogs Send me an email and I'll give you the parents & friends password so you can read their blogs. Kindergarten was working on Little Bird Tales, but that site has gone haywire. Hence I'm looking for something new. I never would have believed it, but K & 1 really seems to be my niche. I'm loving it!

Jane

Kristen Swanson's picture
Kristen Swanson
Teacher, Leader, Edcamper, Learner
Blogger 2014

Hey Jane-- I THOUGHT that was you! Definitely check out Storybird too. It's similar and might fill your need. So glad to hear you're doing well. Out in SF now but miss you and home! I'll email you!

Jane Allison's picture
Jane Allison
Computer Technology Teacher

I have been using Storybird with some 1st graders I see for intensive writing. They do love it, but I'd really like to find something that will allow the kids to draw and record so they can publish even though they're not yet reading.

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey

[quote]I have been using Storybird with some 1st graders I see for intensive writing. They do love it, but I'd really like to find something that will allow the kids to draw and record so they can publish even though they're not yet reading.[/quote]

Voicehtread will allow that, but, it's drawing tools are very basic...

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Facilitator 2014
Staff

Hi Jane, we asked your question on Twitter and received a number of responses:

Sharon Davison, @kkidsinvt
Doodlecast pro and educreations are awesome! I use @vermontkkids123

Stephanie Laird, @SLaird2
we love using Little Bird Tales!

RayAnn Roskop, @RayAnnRoskop
I like show me interactive white board and educreations. Good luck to her!

Heidi Weber, @MrsWeberREAD
I say educreations and bContext :0)

Lisa Monthie, @lisamonthie
maybe Educreations Interactive Whiteboard, ScreenChomp, ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard, and Knowmia Teach. #edtech

Sue Butler, @sbutlerbsd100
StoryKit

Cherry Bogunovich, @cherryleeb62
Doodlecast Great for EAL learners and Expressive Language development in all chn.

sbuhner, @sbuhner
http://Biteslide.com can be easily created, edited, and shared with families!!!!

Michelle Capen, @MichelleCapen
Screenchomp is a great app for k-2 kids. I use it for both storytelling and math.

Damian Lappin, @LappinDamian
pictello?

Damian Lappin, @LappinDamian
http://wp.me/p2qsME-c educreations

Tamara Kaldor, @chiplaypro
kids love making pics in @Doodlecast and importing them into @bookcreatorapp @scribblepress no voice record feat., but great 4 ECE

Hope this helps!

Jane Allison's picture
Jane Allison
Computer Technology Teacher

Wow. Thank you. They sound like great suggestions. Just a heads up on little bird tales... They just lost several classes worth of my kindergarten projects. This little bird was not pleased!

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Facilitator 2014
Staff

And one more from Twitter. :-)

MrsMtheScienceGem, @MelissaMc1
Toontastic!!! (no drawing but teaches art of storytelling)

Gwen Pescatore's picture
Gwen Pescatore
President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

I'm not sure if this comparable...haven't checked it out, but a school I know just praised it: www.paperlet.com

Jane Allison's picture
Jane Allison
Computer Technology Teacher

That looks pretty neat, Gwen. I'll have to play with it a bit. Everyone gave me great suggestions, but the good ones all seem to be for the iPad. Maybe I need to lobby for more iPads! Either that or figure out how to get someone to create a web-based program that does just what I want. Any programmers out there? :)

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