WHAT IS STORY TIME FOR ME?
Storytime for me is a multimedia publisher of online children’s books. It offers free entertaining and a fun online experience for students.
WHAT DOES THE TOOL DO?
- Online Free Storybooks
- Free personalized songs
- Multimedia Personalized book
- Word highlighting
- Practice Makes perfect
- Customized reading experience
- Building vocabulary for toodlers
- Parents/teachers discussion questions (Coming soon)
- Polling (Coming soon)
- Creative Art Activity (Coming Soon)
- Share your stories with the community
HOW CAN YOU USE IT IN YOUR ESL CLASSROOM?
- Have your students read free books online
- Have your students create a free video song
- Have your students read free stories online
- Have your students listen to audiobooks.
After reading students can have tests, exams, projects, orals about the subjects presented in the stories. It’s a great reading center for students.
DO I LIKE THE TOOL?
I love the tool and I find it really cute. Students can have the option to read with narration or independently. This is good because it helps them develop their reading skills. The stories reinforces positive character education values. The stories are a great way to start up class discussion about basic values such as friendship and empathy. We can also have them work with the whiteboard and make all students listen to the story and then do activities on the smart board. For example, have them brainstorm with different words related to friendship and have those words written on the whiteboard. Thus, you can use two technologies at once: StoryTimeForMe and the WhiteBoard.
WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT IT?
The tool is more specialized for younger kids. Thus, the comments I found on the tool online were mostly from parents of kids that were is pre-school. I found it very interesting to have parents point of view on the tool. Most of the time we see articles and teachers comment tools. To have parents say few words about it was just great. The tool clearly helps their kids improve their English language skills.
*More opinions on the tool:
1. Smart Tutor
2. Book reviews
WHAT DO I SAY ABOUT THE TOOL?
What I like about the tool is that it’s completely free. Sometimes reading could be difficult for something to write. They will like to do other activities. To make them read on a computer and to have time invent small stories can make them enjoy more reading. They can also explore their creativity by inventing stories. The aspect I liked the most about the tool is the audiobooks. Students can listen to the words of the story while having the writing in front of them. Thus, they can create mental links to what is said and what is written. The stories are also accompanied by images. This is a very interactive and fun way for elementary school students to learn how to read. After, with the story to make sure they understood the vocabulary you can have them answer small questionnaires or have them do a project about the story.
As a future parent, I would definitely use this tool to prepare my kid to English as a second language. As a future teacher if I have the chance to work with young elementary school students I would definitely integrate the tool in one of my classes to make a different activity than always reading in paper books.
TO UNDERSTAND THE TOOL MORE:
- Short Demo:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ___Bcx3to
- Facebook of StoryTimeForMe (ideas and comments on the tool)