YOU ASKED! HERE ARE APPS FOR PERSONAL BOOKS
While we’re on the topic of Personal Books…
Let’s talk about apps! Many thanks to Facebook mom Lisa Graebner Orvis for tipping us off to 4 apps that will help digitally-incined parents to create those awesome Personal Books I described last Friday. Lisa and I belong to the Facebook group page “Educational Strategies for Children with Down Syndrome,” which you might want to join!
Little Story Maker – FREE
Lisa says, “Here’s an easy to use app that’s free. It will help you make books as Natalie describes.”
Picturebook – FREE
From Lisa: “Here is another free app that has a library of pictures you can use. It also has in-app purchases for additional pictures.
Story Me – FREE
I agree with Lisa: “This might be a cool option for older students.” You can turn your photos into a comic strip, with dialogue bubbles and the works.
Kid in Story Reader – FREE
It’s worth listing this review from Technology in Special Education: 5 Stars – “I am impressed and found it difficult to write this review without saying ‘It’s so easy and fun!’ every other sentence. The truth is that it performs as promised, is attractive and no bugs were found while putting it through the motions.”
And here are 3 more I’ll add to Lisa’s List:
Story Creator – FREE
This one allows you to include photos, videos, text, and audio.
Special Stories – $19.95
This one also has audio feature and has a store of 11 languages.
And Last but IMPORTANT, here is an app for teaching the sight words that make up your Personal Books, whether your books are paper or digital:
Sight Words – FREE – I love the features in this app: you can set the speed of the flash cards (I recommend the fastest setting, one word per .7 second), you can create your own groups of words, turn the sound on or off, change the font and font size (I recommend the largest font size!) A really great tool.
So that will get you started! Enjoy!