Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Storytelling, Fluency, Creativity, Parts of Speech, Paragraphs

What we like best:

Customization options allow flexibility for everyone from beginning writers to seasoned storytellers.

What you should know:

There are lots of pre-loaded visuals to guide kids in creating a tale, but no option to upload your own images.
Full Review:

Once upon a time … kids relied solely on teacher feedback and repetition to finally master the art of writing paragraphs. With StoryBuilder, the past is history! In this simple, intuitive app, budding authors are guided through the process of creating a tale of their own using a fill-in-the-blank format and visual and audio guidance in the form of cartoon images and corresponding question text.

Boasting three levels of play, 50 story lines, 500 audio clips and customization features such as voice recording, color-coding and story introduction reinforcement; this app asks children a series of open-ended questions to help them tell a story. Bright, kid-friendly graphics form a loose guide for kids to begin their tales, which are recorded in their own voices. Stringing together these snippets of narrative allows little writers to understand how a paragraph—and later, a story—is formed. Archive these interactive chronicles to revisit during story time, or email them to family members, friends and teachers.

Once a story's complete, have kids transfer their tale to paper to reinforce story elements such as introduction, conflict, climax and resolution. This app's simple concept touches on critical reading and writing skills in an engaging format that kids will enjoy time and time again.

Teacher Features:
The iPad version offers the option of an archive page for each individual student. This organization feature—along with email capabilities—make the home-to-school work transition a snap.
Reviewed 2012-10-02 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Standards:Text Types and Purposes: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique descriptive details and clear event sequences. W.5.3. Use narrative techniques such as dialogue description and pacing to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. W.5.3b. Use a variety of transitional words phrases and clauses to manage the sequence of events. W.5.3c