Story Creator2, designed by E2BN.org (East of England Broadband Network from the United Kingdom), is an educational web tool that allows students to create their own digital story based on a myth or legend theme. The animated features Story Creator2 offers are a mix of text, background images, characters, speech, voice-over, sound effects and more. Click on the links below to view sample stories:
The Legend of Robin Hood
A Mermaid and a Magic Comb
As you can see, the final copy of the story can be uploaded for others to view. It has been my experience that students, even the weakest writers, enjoy using Story Creator2 because it captures their imagination and creativity by including a visual aspect to the narration.
How to Get Started:
Below is a tutorial you could show your students that outlines the basic features of Story Creator2.
For more detailed Story Creator2 tutorials, visit the E2BN Tools Page.
**Please note that Story Creator2 functions best when users are registered and logged in to the site. To do so, teachers must register. Click here for details.**
Sample Classroom Activities:
1. Have students re-create an historical myth or legend. e.g. Zeus, Beowulf, Rama, Quetzalcoatl, Attila the Hun, etc.
2. Have students write their own myth based on the characteristics of a myth.
3. Story Creator2 offers a Teacher Resource Page that provides background information about myths and legends, downloadable lesson plans, storyboard templates and an interactive map of selected myths.
Story Creator2 is a fun and engaging web tool that encourages students to creatively write. I hope you give it a try! Click here to get started.
This post originally appeared on The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers.