Jumping Into Stories
Type of Technology: Website
SAMR Model Level: Modification/Redifinition
Subject Areas: All Subjects
Grade Levels: All
I have been guilty over the course of my teaching career of having students write stories and finish projects in the traditional paper and pencil not-too-creative fashion. Over the last few years I have been making the transition to the Common Core and project based learning, which go hand in hand. Recently while teaching a unit on suspense, I decided to have students put their final draft of a short suspense story into an online book creator, Story Jumper.
Story Jumper allows teachers to create classes and assign student accounts to each class created. You can use it free in the class or at home. Students can only gain home access to their account if their parents sign a permission slip that you can print from the website and distribute to families. Without permission slips, the teacher can unlock each class during the class meeting time for students to go in and work. When class ends the students are not able to access the class. I simply had students write and revise their stories. When they finished that they were able to copy and paste their story into the book templates on the website.
The catch is that you have to pay to get printed books. Book prices range from digital download (color pdf) at $1.95 to hard cover $24.95. Each story that students write you can print as you would any other document free one time, however, the ability to print books with pictures of the student’s choosing or creation places this tool on the modification to redefinition spectrum of the SAMR model depending on how creative the students get with it.
Story Jumper can be used across grade levels and subject matter, however, it seems to be most useful for grade levels below high school. The pictures and graphics provided by the site seem to be a bit basic, but you can import and upload your own images. Another slight drawback is that it is completely web-based. In my last search in the app store I could not find an app for mobile devices.
An interesting feature that story jumper has is a fund raising section that allows the teacher to create a “write-a-thon” to raise money for the school. The site gives a detailed description of how to set it up and projects for 100 students to raise $7,500 for the school and $1,500 for students to spend on story jumper.