Thursday, June 27, 2013

App Review: Storybook Maker by Merge Mobile

Ok, so most of you know that I love apps! I recently found app developer Merge Mobile and want to share another app from them with you, Storybook Maker. I am so loving this app, it is definitely a must-have! Why? You can use this app to address so many goals, including writing narratives, grammatical skills, retelling stories, vocabulary, following directions, listening comprehension, describing, articulation, fluency, social skills, and more! Wow! I can use this with every child on my caseload and be able to justify it.

So, let's start at the beginning. When you open the app, you can choose from "My Library" or "Public Library."  The "My Library" option shows all of the books that you have created, and allows you to create a new  book.  The "Public Library" option is AMAZING!  Click there, and it takes you to a wealth of resources created by other people and shared with everyone!

So, how do you make your own book?  Great question!  First, you tap on the new book icon and type in your title and tap "Create Book.  Then you get to select your page style.  Here I chose 3 pictures to a page, with writing next to each.  I made an alphabet book for my daughter in this example:

If you need a picture not in the image library, you can use your camera to take a picture, or use your photographs already on your camera roll.... I'm thinking, social story time here!  I see so many uses for this.

Now for the fun part!  You can choose to record your (or your student's) voice, set background music, and customize the look of your pages with borders or backgrounds!  If you want to change the layout of your page, click on the hand that says "move", and you can change where your words and text are located.  You can make the pictures larger or smaller, and increase or decrease text size as well.

This app truly makes books come out the way you imagine!  And all for $3.99.  I think this would be a wonderful app for any SLP, teacher, or parent.  You can find it in the app store HERE.

Oh, and by the way, Merge Mobile has offered three copies to give away!  Enter to win through the Rafflecopter below!

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