What did I use?
Earlier this week, I attempted to use 2Create a Story. It is a product from 2Simple and can be accessed as an app. It, as the title suggests, enables the user to create their own book with illustrations and texts. I was only using the free version of the app as I wanted to decide if this would be worthwhile to purchase.
What did I do?
I shared a page from Shaun Tan’s book ‘The Arrival’. The children then scanned into padlet using the QR code. I had already written up different questions for the children to respond to around the jpeg of the picture I had embedded. These included- Where are they going? What are they doing? What is the figure in the background? What are they holding? Children discussed their responses and wrote them down.
I wanted to know what the story was behind the picture and wanted the children to produce a piece of writing that will tell us the story. After discussing the different ideas that were entered into padlet, children were given the task of creating their story beginning. They had just two pages on the free version. These were then shared with the class through Apple TV.
Pros and Cons
It is easy to access and easy to save work. The children found the picture stamps and drawing tools easy to use. We used stylus pens to help them with this. However, the organisational layout of the page cannot be adapted which, if you are looking at picture books with year four, is something you would want to do. The cost of purchasing this app/website login for your school would cost £300 and I think that there are plenty of other options out there! For instance, Book Creator seems much more useful although it could be more time-consuming for the younger ones.
Did it maximize learning?
For these children, it did maximize learning because their story was going to be shared. Also, their ideas were shared and this collaborative approach gave other pupils an opportunity to develop their ideas. Although I won’t use 2Create a Story again, writing on the iPads and creating your own book is quick and easy to do.
Which apps do you use for creating stories?
What would you have done differently?