This week's feature:
Scholastic Story Spinner
- Kinder - Grade 5 although some kinders will need help reading the prompt and some students in grade 5 might think this is a bit childish, especially toward the end of the year.
- Desktops, laptops, iPads (through the browser, not an app)
- Very friendly for both teachers and students. It's just a website so it's easy to reach. Once there, the directions are very clear.
WHY IT'S GREAT
- No sign-up. Just go to the site and start spinning.
- Broken down by grade levels so it's easy to get the right fit for each student's reading/writing level (even early readers)
- Offers students choice without being overwhelming
- Kids can save or print what they've written
- Offers several writing formats, from post card to news article
- Students can add a drawing to illustrate their writing
WHAT'S NOT SO GREAT
- It plays a machine sound that can be loud and annoying after a while. Luckily you can turn it off.
- There is no limit to the spinning to cobble together different story starters, which means that kids can spend all their time generating funny starters and no time actually writing.
I used this with grades 1 - 4 and most of the kids loved it. I had to put a limit on the spins for the fourth graders and coax the first graders to not spend all period on the drawing.
How can you envision using this app?