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Storyjumper

Storyjumper is a popular tool for creating storybooks. It is easy to use for students of all ages and it can help them create their very own storybooks. Students can use their imagination and create new storybooks from scratch or customize pre-designed templates. Students can also have their digital storybooks converted into hard-cover books so that they become authors of printed books! 

Teachers can use Storyjumper to create a digital classroom, encourage student collaboration, and provide instant review and feedback on student work. If a teacher wants to add joy and creativity to the classroom and make learning more engaging, this tool is worth giving a try. 

Keywords: Connectivism, Constructivism, Learner-centered Tool

Tool Snapshot 

Price Creating and publishing books digitally is free of cost. Price of books, if ordered in print, varies
Learning Constructionism
Ease of Use ★★★★☆
Privacy ★★★★★
Accessibility ★☆☆☆☆
Class Size Unlimited 
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ISTE*S  Knowledge Constructor; Creative Communicator; Global Collaborator
COPPA/ FERPA Yes 

Ease of Use

The tool can be used by young students easily. There is a tutorial available for beginners. There are templates available as well, which students can use for convenience. They need very little guidance from the teacher to use storyjumper.

However, the feature of creating books on mobile devices is currently unavailable. The website will open on a mobile device, but it will not allow students to make stories. 

Privacy

Storyjumper is COPPA, FERPA, and PPRA compliant. It requires some personal data when logging into it, such as birth date, user name, password, and parent’s or legal guardian’s email address. Student data is not shared with any third party except in some unique circumstances which are clearly stated in the privacy policy

Accessibility

The website is partially accessible. Users can listen to the audio of stories, which may be helpful for students who are blind or visually impaired. However, children with limited fine motor skills may not be able to make a story on this website because making a story without the use of a mouse won’t be possible. There is no accessibility statement on the website.

ISTE Standards 

Knowledge Constructor: This tool can be used by students to create their own storybooks. In the process, they may be locating relevant information from multiple sources and curating it in the form of a book. 

Creative Communicator: Students can create their own storybooks through storyjumper. They can make their own characters, develop their own scenes, design illustrations, and craft dialogues in stories using the multiple features available in this tool. Hence, it can be used by students to express their imagination and their ideas creatively. 

Global Collaborator: Students can work with their peers when they use this digital tool. Moreover, they can read storybooks created by other students and teachers around the world. 

8 Reasons to Use Storyjumper in Your Classroom

YouTube Video

Storyjumper and the SAMR model 

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool. 

This is an example of how Storyjumper might fit into the SAMR Model:

Possible Learning Activities

English Literature 

Students create their own storybooks by writing an existing story from a different point of view. For example, writing Cindrella’s story from the perspective of the prince. They can create their own stories from imagination or based on a specific prompt. 

Image of "Sally the Songbird" story book.

Science

Students conduct research about a woman scientist or a scientist from an underrepresented race, culture, or ethnicity whose work influenced present-day society and create a digital story about that particular scientist. Students could also show different scientific processes such as the water cycle through a creative fiction or non-fiction story. 

Mathematics 

Students can create a math book to teach their peers, explain math concepts, or provide practice questions.

History

Students can write stories about people from the past, such as Nelson Mandela, after conducting basic research. 

Language Subjects

Students can create stories with multiple scenes, dialogues, and characters. 

Resources

  1. How teachers can use storyjumper (Youtube video)
  2. Lesson plans and writing projects 
  3. Storyjumper Review by Common Sense Education 
  4. Storyjumper on Linkedin
  5. Storyjumper on Twitter
  6. Student guide to storyjumper
  7. Sample book created by storyjumper tool

How to Use Storyjumper as a Teacher 

Image of Storyjumper main screen, "My Classes" are on the top and "My Books? are on the bottom.
Image of the window the user sees when creating a book.

How Teachers use StoryJumper Video (by StoryJumper)

Image preview of a YouTube video
Watch on YouTube https://edtechbooks.org/-Mnca

Author

Ezeh, C. (2020). Multimodal Spaces for digital translanguaging: Using “storyjumper” to Engage Bi/Multilinguals in Interactive Storytelling.Teaching English with Technology, 20(2), 118-130.

Ezeh, C. (2020). A Comparison of Storyjumper with Book Creator, and Storybird for Multimodal Storytelling.TESL-EJ, 24(1), 1-9. 

Authors

This page was created by Anam Shah.

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