Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Blog Intro & Scholastic Story Starter

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. 

  • 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
  • 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?