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Tip of the Week: I Just Fell in Love with Storehouse

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The way that we communicate with one another, the way that we teach, and the way that our kids learn is becoming increasingly visual. Our brains are hardwired to focus on things beyond just text. And we now have tools, including mobile tools, that can help us take advantage of that brain hard-wiring.

And over the last few weeks, teachers and I have been messing with a variety of mobile tools that focus on visual storytelling. Including my new favorite iPad app.

Storehouse.

I’m loving Storehouse. Storehouse is a tool that lets you and your students create stories from an iPad and view them online from anywhere.Storehouse visual storytelling

It’s easy to use. Paperless. Connected to different social media tools. Very cool look and feel. And did I say free? Yup. It’s free. Get a sense of what a Storehouse story looks like by checking out an overview of Gettysburg that two of us quickly put together a few weeks ago.

To create a Storehouse story, you import images or video clips from your iPad’s Camera Roll, Dropbox, Instagram, or Flickr. Once you’ve selected your visuals, use the cool creation tool to arrange them into a story with a cover image and open layout. Tapping an image lets you drag, drop, and resize it any configuration.

You can type or copy/paste info into the easy to add text boxes. You have just enough control to make the text look good but not so many choices that you get confused. Storehouse gives you just enough control without making you want to pull out your hair. Videos can be inserted into the story or even added as the cover image to your story. And depending on what device is used for viewing, videos start and stop automatically.

storehouse edit

Sharing your final product is just as simple as creating it. Each story is published with a unique URL that automatically gets updated every time you edit your Storehouse. You can share your story’s link with others via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Or you can create a link to your story on any website. If you have students use Storehouse, they will email you or Tweet you the link to their work.

Storehouse is just on the iPad right now. Hopefully the Storehouse team will be moving the app to other platforms soon.

I can see using Storehouse in all sorts of ways in the classroom. Research product. Collaborative project. Expository writing. Presentation of evidence. Digital storytelling. And why would we want kids to do these things?

Because it’s good for them to collect, collaborate, create, and communicate. All things that our standards are telling us kids need to be able to do. The Kansas State History, Government, and Social Studies Standards are asking kids to:

  • support a claim, or make an argument
  • inform or explain an event, relationship, position, or opinion
  • tell a story
  • apply appropriate technologies for the purpose and audience
  • gather multiple sources of information and integrating them into short and long term 
projects
  • present information and evaluation to others in a manner that is not totally written text
  • gather and organize information and evidence
  • design and deliver a presentation on a specific topic

The College and Career Readiness Literacy Standards in History and Social Studies are asking kids to:

  • write arguments to support claims
  • write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
  • produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach
  • use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others

And Storehouse can help you and your kids become proficient in these skills.

Have fun!

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. yellmm #

    I will talk to kids about the App when we return from our spring break. I hope that it expands beyond IPad soon. Here at Hudson Middle this is our first year of being a BYOD school; students have many different devices and we also have Chrome Books and HP laptops in our houses for student use (free and reduced lunch students each receive a Chrome Book).For this final trimester, my classes are going paperless so Storehouse sounds like something good to incorporate.

    March 15, 2014
    • glennw #

      Yeah, I am a bit surprised that it’s only in iOS format. But in your BYOD environment, Storehouse could be just one more tool kids can use.

      The app does have a social media component and so I am curious how schools will react to that. (Though most mobile apps have some of the same sorts of social tie-ins.) But I really like the fact that the creation piece is simple and that there are not a lot of choices in the editing piece. This can cut down on kids focusing too much on the bells / whistles of the app and instead spending time on content and process.

      I would be curious what student and teacher reaction is to the app. Would you be willing later on in the spring to give an update / guest post on the app as well as your BYOD experiences?

      glennw

      March 15, 2014
      • yellmm #

        Absolutely; love it so far!

        March 15, 2014
  2. Glenn,
    Your tips are always excellent! Thank you for sharing this one. What would you say about using the app with students under age 13? It looks like there are stories created by adults that open once an account is created. It also appears that students need to use their full names, and then are searchable.

    March 15, 2014
    • glennw #

      Lisa,

      You’re right . . . like most mobile apps with social media components, Storehouse may not work in every school situation. Their Terms of Use (based on COPPA) do state that no one under 13 is allowed to create accounts. So using it with elementary kids . . . not legal according to their TOU. If nothing else, it’s a beautiful platform for teachers to use to push content / info / out to their own kids. Nothing stopping you from creating stories to share with kids as writing prompts, discussion starters, etc. Each story has its own unique URL so kids would have access just to your stuff.

      For what it’s worth, I haven’t run across any public stories that are inappropriate in terms of photos, etc.

      Let us know how you decide to use it, if at all, and how things go.

      glennw

      March 15, 2014
  3. I would love to see this app for other platforms!

    March 17, 2014
    • glennw #

      I’ve got my fingers crossed that the app developers are moving that way! Just too neat of a tool to not have wider access.

      Thanks for the comment!

      glennw

      glennw

      March 19, 2014

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