KidWorks2 and Storybook Weaver

Keywords: Curriculum Materials, Literacy, K-6

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Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 16:20:54 GMT

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From: Cheryl Christian

Organization: North York Board of Education

Subject: Re: KidWorks2? Storybook Weaver?

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Kidsworks2 does have its place, but I really like Storybook Weaver and I find the kids love it the most. It allows them to create great pictures, stories and even add sounds to their stories for when they are read by others on the computer. The company that makes Storybook Weaver also has another one out call My Own Stories which is also excellent. Exactly the same way of working but different backgrounds etc. I have them both at the disposal of the children and we will be publishing stories using them in the next term. I only wish I had a HP Deskwriter Inkjet Color printer so that they could see the colors the pictures can print out on but we don't have that facility at our school. I did some once at our board's main computer center. It was amazing. The Imagewriter job is Okay but the other, well......

Anyway, for creative storywriting, I find Storybook Weaver and My Own Stories tops.

Cheryl

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Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 20:24:41 EST

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From: "Dorothy G. Hesson 904 823-4340"

Subject: Re: KidWorks2? Storybook Weaver?

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Hi Mark,

The programs you are thinking of using -- KidWorks2 and Storybook Weaver are good programs for what you are trying to do -- have the students create stories using art as a beginning. You might also look at the Imagination Express series (Edmark,$34.95, Mac Warehouse 800 696-1727) There are some images that are very familiar to students. They can create scenes, and then write about them.

Dorothy Hesson
hessond@mail.firn.edu

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Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 21:38:24 -0500

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From: Kedra Billker

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I finally get to give my insight into a topic:) I am Kedra Billker and I am a senior at Kent State University. Last semester I used KidsWorks2 with a few of the students I had in a practicum experience. I found the program to be just as exciting as the kids did. As Cathy has mentioned, it is more like a word processor but I found that allowing the kids to find the picture and then write the word to be beneficial to them. I created vocabulary lessons in which the students would type out the word and then find the graphic to go along with the word. They enjoyed the task of finding the picture as well as getting to type as opposed to the drill and practice of writing vocabulary words. Just my insight.

Kedra kbillker@phoenix.kent.edu

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Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 12:13:53 EST

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From: Cathy Brandt

Subject: Re: KidWorks2? Storybook Weaver?

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I have used BOTH and I LOVE both of them. I think they are excellent choices. Storybook Weaver is for the creation of the elements of a story. All of the great graphics and categories are also WONDERFUL for children who are deaf. This package allows them A LOT of choice in choosing the basic elements and adding scenery to pick up on including detail, adding characters etc. I'd HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE.

KidsWorks 2 is also wonderful. But, it is much more like a word processor even though it does contain graphics. The neat part of it is you can tie in parts of speech to the boxes which contain pictures. So, if the child needs a noun they can click on the things box and pictures come up. They choose what they want. Once it is back in the document (all they have to do is click) they can also click on it and the speller and the computer spells the word of the picture. FANTASTIC for beginners.

Cathy - teacher who had to do a fire drill today because one of the kindergartners pulled the fire alarm. Firemen later went to the room and gave the little boy a long talk.

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Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 17:30:13 EST

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From: Cathy Brandt

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Actually, IMNSHO, these are really two different TYPES of programs. I see StoryBook Weaver being more of a tutorial as well as a tool for children. Even though it doesn't have guided lessons it contains much more assistance for children when developing stories through the plethora of graphics it provides. It really is to help a child develop a STORY.

KidWorks 2 is a word processor for children with the aid of putting one small picture onto a line. The screen actually looks like first grade writing paper. This can be used for science reports, book reports, letter writing or anything you'd like. It is more of a TOOL for learning.

Creative teachers such as we have here do use it in really exciting ways for LOTS of other subjects or goals.

StoryBook Weaver actually allows you to create pages of a book with full scenery, characters, props etc. One of the great parts is the vocabulary that goes with the terrific graphics they have. The scenery itself guides or gives children visual stimulation to write details of a story.

So for story CREATION and IMAGINATION I'd use StoryBook Weaver.

Cathy - teacher who is looking at 3 - 4 inches of snow out her window on the first day of Spring - how many lesson plans did that screw up today? :)

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Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 10:42:05 -0500

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From: Bob Spiecker

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Here's some tips on using Kid Works 2:

The "primary paper" format can be changed for older kids who don't like the stigma. Just pick the size 18 font.

At least in the Mac version, to prevent kids from clicking on the desktop or even quitting the program accidently, there is a child safety mode. To temporarily turn off this mode, hold the shift key and apple.

With Macs again, you can take screen captures by holding the shift, apple, and number 3 keys. This is good for capturing and printing the array of pictures in the icon boxes. These then can be cut up for sorting exercises.

Kids can toggle the view between text format or a rebus type format of their stories. Customized icons that reflect meanings of words can be created. I tried pasting in sign language dictionary illustrations, but alas, the way that they displayed was too small to make out.

Bob Spiecker
Technology Training Specialist
Resource Materials Center for the Hearing Impaired
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
St. Augustine, FL 32084
spieckr@mail.firn.edu

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Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 17:54:13 -0500

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From: _namestephanie M

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In-Reply-To: "Your message dated Tue, 19 Mar 1996 21:38:24 -0500" <9603200238.AA194640@Phoenix.kent.edu>

KidWorks 2 also has a component for making icons which students may use in their stories. My students created icons of family members and pets. They loved it. For some of the students who have more hearing the read back option has helped with spelling and grammar editing. It's a good beginning word processing/drawing program.

Stephanie

Uploaded by: Melissa Close/ Kent State University/ Deaf Education Major