Scribeasy is a new app released this weekend (30/01/16) that deserves to be shared with teachers, parents and anyone who is interested in storytelling. Aimed at age 4+ but fun for everyone, the app is free to download so follow the link to the apple app-store to download now.
The scribeasy app is currently available for iphone and ipads but the plan is to role it out to android in the future.
If you want to learn more then read on. Once you have the app enter your name the story begins with a chatty lady setting the scene. Younger users may need some guidance here but selecting pictures and writing the story is pretty straight forward and children can take control of this part.
Begin by choosing a backdrop to the story; there are lots of options to allow for any interests to be catered for be it sports, cooking or building sand castles! Then pick your character; maybe a matador and triceratops? Is a story starting to form in your head yet? Now add some objects I think the matador would like an apple and somewhere to keep the apple; in a basket! I can see absolute chaos about to begin.
Once you get your image the story may already be starting to take form but additional actions add a few hints to get the imagination going. Change the positions and sizes of the characters and objects to get the picture required. By doing so you get to know more about each image to add more detail to the storyline.
By the time the image is finished it is likely a story has already formed and it is just a case of writing it down. This is where some children loose confidence, worrying about spelling or messy writing. There isn’t time to even think about this a time limit is set and writing must begin. Once this has been used a few times children will get used to how much they want to write and for how long and start to chose their own time limits. For now it is great just to get something written down especially for less confident writers.
On top of all of this there is an option to share your story and read the stories of other children. The writers can have feedback if you like their story increasing motivation to continue writing new stories.
Additional features include an alternative keyboard for early learners and the option to buy more image packs, although it will take a while until the ones available have lost their value.
So there it is, make a story from a picture and let your children’s imagination go wild. I can see this working well with parents and their sons or daughters but also in schools to improve literacy. By providing images the is a prompt to get thinking about what to write and the less than confident children can just get on with it without worrying about making mistakes. This is a great app for learning but at the same time great fun.