During BlogHer I had the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast and learn more about Storia, a new eReading app from Scholastic. With our kids gearing up to return to school it is always interesting to learn the new methods and resources out there to promote education both in the home as well as enhance the classroom environment.
Through a series of presentations I learned more about this innovative app and how it works. Basically it can be used as a tool for reading, learning and even ways to follow the election. You simply download the app and can instantly start reading (they even offer five books for the first time)! The books can be placed in your child’s personal online bookshelf where they can peruse through their books or as a way for you both to read to together. You can also purchase books – either digital books-enriched and non-enriched eBooks. The enriched books feature unique and educational learning skills such as language games, memory challenges, videos, puzzles, etc through pictures and detailed descriptions that are also based on your child’s age. The non-enriched books are handpicked selections from the Scholastic team based on your child’s age.
During the event, I heard more about how Storia is used in the classroom and heard from Christy Crawford, technology teacher at P.S. 51, Maggie McGuire, Vice President, eScholastic, Kids and Parents Channels and Suzanne McCabe, editor of Scholastic Classroom Magazines and Grace McManus, Scholastic News Kid Reporter – all of which is highlighted below to showcase how the app can work in a variety of learning environments.
eReading ‘ Uses for Storia presented by Christy Crawford, technology teacher at P.S. 51 (The Bronx New School).
Four great ways to use Storia:
1. To assist a multilingual child or late reader ’ Christy’s own son had trouble with his speech, and the read-aloud function of Storia helps kids connect the words with the sounds.
2. As a motivator for reluctant readers ’ the one-on-one interaction ofStoria gives reluctant readers who may be embarrassed to participate in class the confidence to read on their own. Christy used to bring dogs into the classroom for the students to read to, but now they read with Storia!
3. As a personal tutor ‘ Reading comprehension games and questions throughout the text quiz your reader as they go along. PLUS the parent controls allow you to see how long your child has spent reading, which words they looked up, and which books they read the most.
4. To get your kids to beg for more non-fiction ‘ Storia recently partnered with National Geographic to offer a greater selection of non-fiction titles for all ages. Plus, videos bring the text to life and get kids excited about reading non-fiction!
eLearning ‘ New online resources presented by Maggie McGuire, Vice President, eScholastic, Kids and Parents Channels
- 36% of moms go online at least once a week for information on helping their child with homework.
- Moms are looking for info and tips on how to raise a lifelong reader, and what to expect at every age and stage.
- The new Scholastic Parents site (www.scholastic.com/parents) launches this fall, and will offer the tools parents have been asking for to inspire and support their kids as growing readers and learners.
New features include:
- Age-by-age finder to filter content based on your child’s age.
- Home library builder to help you choose the books that are best for your kids.
- Blogs written by fellow parents and parenting experts.
- Daily tips for every age and day of the year
- Original video series with new ideas for learning and fun!
eLection ‘ Election resources for kids presented by Suzanne McCabe, editor of Scholastic Classroom Magazines and Grace McManus, Scholastic News Kid Reporter
- Kids who go to the polls with their parents are more likely to vote when they are old enough.
- Kids are more aware of politics than most adults would think ‘ they know that the decisions made today will affect their future — the economy is a top-of-mind issue for many kids who can see their own families or friends’ families struggling.
- Kids can vote in the Scholastic Student Vote, starting on August 15th. The vote has been held since the 1940 Presidential Election, and in all but two contests, the Student Vote has reflected the outcome of the general election (in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy). Kids can vote online at www.scholastic.com/election or through paper ballots in the Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
- Each election year, Scholastic polls kids on the question ‘Would you want to be President?’ In 2008, 55% of kids said ‘no,’ and 45% said ‘yes.’ Of those respondents, 66% of boys said ‘yes’ while only 19% of girls said ‘yes.’ (78% of you said ‘no,’ while a brave 22% said ‘yes!’)
- Applications are open for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps atwww.scholastic.com/kidspress. Kids must be between the ages of 10-14. The Kid Reporters cover everything from breaking news and politics to entertainment and book reviews, and have interviewed newsmakers including director Steven Spielberg, authors Brian Selznick and Jeff Kinney, and even an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama.
Storia can be downloaded for free at www.scholastic.com/storia, and you receive 5 free eBooks to get you started
Storia is available now on PC and iPad, and is coming to other devices soon!
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