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My Story Maker Web 2.0 Tool:

My Story Maker Web 2.0 Tool Cindy Boger Kim Brooks Megan Markland

What is My Story Maker?:

What is My Story Maker ? My Story Maker is an online investigative literacy tool. This tool enables users to control storylines through selection of available characters, settings, objects, and plots. Text is automatically added as items are selected and dropped onto the scene. The result is an online storybook to print or share with others.

How does My Story Maker work?:

How does My Story Maker work? My Story Maker begins with identification of the author, you! Just key in your name, select ok, and turn the page. Yes, your book has pages! Set the goal of your story. Select your main character from one of the over 20 possibilities. What is your main character’s goal? Choose one of the 7 possibilities. Next choose another character. Select ok and view your title page. Do you like your title? No. Go back and make changes. After all, this is your story. Write your story by selecting one of the 10+ settings. Add scenery objects or items by dragging them onto the scene. Adjust your character’s feelings, actions, and interactions. Text is automatically written as objects are added and actions are adjusted. Don’t like the text? Delete it and key in text that is more your style. Like what is written, but want more excitement? Add supporting details. Remember, this is your story! Once the story is complete select the preview option. Now you are the editor. Make adjustments if needed and click the end tab. Your story is complete! You may print it out or share with others. Don’t forget to save the “magic” number so that you can print it again later. You’re a published author now!

My Story Maker how to video.:

My Story Maker how to video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmr9TWawbeQ

Why use My Story Maker?:

Why use My Story Maker ? There are numerous reasons why you should use My Story Maker . A primary reason is that this tool enables children to be author’s regardless of whether or not they can spell. A few additional reasons are that it helps children learn: to identify sight words. how to develop storylines. word association. spoken word has a corresponding written word. writing independence. reading skills. how to add details to stories. and overall literacy skills.

What are the benefits of My Story Maker?:

What are the benefits of My Story Maker ? My Story Maker enables every child to be an author. This tool is a great resource for ELL children. It enables them to “write” stories and see the corresponding written English word. It offers differentiated literacy instruction. Use of this tool reinforces reading and writing skills. My Story Maker enables children to practice and apply literacy skills. Offers an additional way to share children’s written work with their parents. Is an engaging tool for all learners. Who ever knew learning could be so much fun!

How much does My Story Maker cost?:

How much does My Story Maker cost? My Story Maker is a free tool for children. This is possible by a large grant given by the Grable Foundation, a Pittsburg based organization committee. Students at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Corporation created My Story Maker through a $50,000 grant. The Grable Foundation is committed to increasing literacy rates in children, therefore this program will remain free for student use.

Who can use My Story Maker ?:

Who can use My Story Maker ? My My Story Maker will be beneficial for students of all ages. Students will be typing as much or as little as they wish, therefore, this program works for all students. My Story Maker provides students with the capabilities of enhancing their language. My Story Maker would be appropriate to use in a whole group setting, small group setting, partners, or as an individual activity. My Story Maker is more appropriate for elementary aged students, but could be used in early teenaged students as well. One teacher wrote in his web-log that he used My Story Maker with his students who were in their late teens to early twenties. Most of his students were Arabic, which proves that this is a great tool for ELL students.

How to use My Story Maker in the classroom.:

How to use My Story Maker in the classroom. Technology is an important asset that should be implemented into teaching to enhance learning. It is important to allow students with the opportunity to be creative, but it is also important to provide examples and expectations, especially when implementing new resources. Using the Smartboard to allow students the time to view My Story Maker would be beneficial. My Story Maker is simple and allows students the opportunity to begin their story right away. My Story Maker provides titles for the stories based on characters and character traits that the student chooses. For example, a student may choose a lion wanting to make friends with a fox. The title would be, “The Lion Who Made Friends With the Fox”.

How to use My Story Maker in the classroom.:

How to use My Story Maker in the classroom. It is important to showcase some of the features of My Story Maker by creating a whole class story. Using a Smartboard, students could come up to the board and “drag and drop” their characters, settings, props, etc. The teacher or designated student could type the sentences that correlate with the pages. For teachers who teach “Writer’s Workshop”, My Story Maker could be used for “mini lessons” on lessons such as: verb usage, enhancing writing with adjectives, organizing writing with an appropriate beginning, middle, and end, etc. Students will also have a great time creating stories individually, with a partner, or in a small group. My Story Maker can not be edited, so it might be a good idea to ask students to have their ideas planned out before working on the computer. My Story Maker saves stories for up to a month on the website, but can be saved as a PDF file. Stories could be uploaded onto a Class Webpage or a Classroom Blog.

How we plan to implement My Story Maker .:

How we plan to implement My Story Maker . Kim Brooks and Cindy Boger work at Cornatzer Elementary School. Kim is a third grade teacher and Cindy is a first grade teacher. Megan Markland works at Shady Grove Elementary. Megan is a third grade teacher. We foresee both Kim and Cindy’s classes collaborating with one another. Megan will work with a first grade classroom at Shady Grove. Third grade students and first grade students will work together to write their own stories. In the first session/ meeting, the students will go to the computer lab as a group. Students will “play” with My Story Maker to learn about the characters and character traits they would like to use in their story. If time allows, they may begin “playing” with the setting and scenery as well.

How we plan to implement My Story Maker .:

How we plan to implement My Story Maker . On the second session/ meeting, students will work together on “writing” their story. Since My Story Maker may not be edited, it would be appropriate for students to have a “sounding board” when working on the computer. On the third session/ meeting, students will type their stories and then work together to create their setting and putting props into their story to enhance their writing. Once stories are complete, they will be published on the website, which will provide students with the opportunity to view other stories from various partnerships. During the fourth session/ meeting, students will view other stories from fellow classmates, as well as students from a different school. Once all stories are finished, we (Cindy, Kim, and Megan) would like to set up an IVC where our classes will share their experience with working with My Story Maker . This activity will provide students with the opportunity to collaborate with students within their own school, as well as collaborating with students at another school.

Meeting Common Core/Standard Course of Study Standards:

Meeting Common Core/Standard Course of Study Standards First Grade: NCSCOS- Goal 3: The learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language and media and technology. Goal 4: The learner will apply strategies and skills to create oral, written and visual texts. COMMON CORE: RL-1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting or events. WL-1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, in collaboration with peers. Third Grade: NCSCOS- Goal 3: The learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language and media and technology. Goal 4: The learner will apply strategies and skills to create oral, written and visual texts. COMMON CORE: W-3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details and clear event situations. W-3.6 With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with peers.

How to set up a My Story Maker Account:

How to set up a My Story Maker Account Go to: http://www.clpgh.org/kids/storymaker/ Click on My Story Maker on the right side of your screen in the purple box My Story Maker is very easy to use. On the book click where it says “Click to begin!” Once you are in your book just follow the prompts. My Story Maker will continue prompting you throughout the creation of your story. You can add characters, items, objects and settings as you create your story. At the bottom of each page is a section for you to type in your story. It’s that simple! After your story is finished you can choose to share it with friends or keep it private. You can also print your story and preview it to be sure you’ve added all of the details you wanted to .

Have fun!:

Have fun! My Story Maker is a great way to teach and reinforce reading and writing skills as well as collaboration skills in a fun and exciting way!

References:

References Banville, S. (2010, February 20). Collaborative storytelling [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://seanbanville.com/category/digital-storytelling/ ETC. (2008, January 3). Debut of MyStoryMaker . Retrieved from http://www.etc.cmu.edu/global_news/?q=node/113 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. My story maker . (2011, July 16). Retrieved from http://www.clpgh.org/kids/storymaker/ Miller, J. (2010, September 8). Great website for early literacy [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://elementarytechteachers.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2067663%3ABlogPost%3A37943&commentId=2067663%3AComment%3A37947&xg_source=activity