“It’s just as important to greet friends with fresh breath as it is to defend the castle,” Cricket exclaimed to Drake the Dragon in “Drake’s Bad Breath.” Children can’t help but crack a smile or have a chuckle as they practice listening and reading comprehension with StoryPals in this engaging story comprehension app. StoryPals features 24 original stories with stunning, colorful artwork that are whimsical and highly interactive. But that’s not all: StoryPals goes well beyond your typical reading comprehension app!
StoryPals has several features that make it versatile and robust. The included stories can be read independently or read aloud with professional narrations. Each story is accompanied by a vivid illustration that supports the meaning of the story via a variety of slick interactions that come to life with entertaining voiceovers and sound effects. Following each story is a 10 question quiz containing WH questions (who, what, where, when, why) to assess story comprehension. You can easily track student progress of comprehension goals with automatic scoring for individual students or a small group, and export scores for access outside the app.
"It is exciting to see an app for comprehension come to the market created by professionals with the background and experience to understand literacy and language," says Bridget Gilormini, speech-language pathologist. StoryPals is co-authored by a speech-language pathologist and a language arts teacher who have a significant understanding of individualizing curriculum to help students meet comprehension goals. As a result, StoryPals offers optimal flexibility, allowing users to configure options within included stories and quizzes to allow students to practice listening and reading comprehension at the appropriate level. Plus, you can create your own stories and quizzes to target specific literacy skills for students with various needs. Since you can also share stories and quizzes with your pals, it is easy to build a library of stories and quizzes so your students always have new content to explore.
StoryPals includes the following features:
- 24 included, original stories ranging in readability levels 2-6
- Configurable text size (small, medium, large, extra large) and justification
- Professional narrations read aloud the Included Stories
- For My Stories, voice recordings are appended within each story
- Real-time configurable options for animations, readability levels, quizzes (number of answer choices, types of questions, etc.), backup/restore from backup and more.
- Take multiple choice quizzes and create your own
- Utilize automatic group scoring to collect scores on WH questions for a group of students
- Save scores automatically in the app or export them to clipboard and email
- Stunning, colorful illustrations optimized for all generations of iPad
- Tap and drag images to enable fun animations
- Create stories using illustrations that animate and/or photos plus text
- Automatically save created stories and read them with recorded audio
- Share stories with quizzes via iTunes File Sharing or email attachments
- Additional free stories with quizzes at http://ericsailers.com/blog.html
- Accessibility support via VoiceOver
Since your privacy is everything, StoryPals stands by the following:
- No information collected by the developer
- No ads
- No in-app purchases
- No push notifications
- No social media integration
- No location data