Friday, October 21, 2011

Story Something

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero shared this nice link for early readers:

imageStory Something is an interactive web site that could be helpful for some early readers. The site offers a number of short stories for primary-aged readers that users can personalize to include the young readers name and names of those important to the child. The stories contain a few simple but very attractive illustrations, but the focus is on the text. The site is expanding a bit with an area that includes a clickable map, allowing children to feel as though they are reading their way across the United States.

The only real hook is the ability to change the names in the stories. Users still have to scroll up and down to read, which can be a bit annoying. The site works on PC as well as iPad, so it’s not Flash-dependent. The stories themselves are short and sweet, and are a nice mixture of just-for-fun narratives and stories that teach skills & values. But they’re just stories – no interactive assistance, no motion or video, no bells, no whistles. The focus is on the text. …And that’s not all bad, now, is it?

While it’s nothing super-fancy and doesn’t scream “WOW,” for the early-reading K-2 crowd, this site could be a useful way to help students practice their reading skills.

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