Collins Big Cat: Around the World Story Creator

Collins Big Cat: Around the World includes a picture book and a storybook creator options. The picture book is a narrative about children who travel around the world and visit different countries. From the app’s main screen, users can select if they would like the app to read the picture book to them or if they would rather read it by themselves. Once selected, the picture book loads and users can swipe the screen sideways to turn the page, click the “listen” button to have the app read the page aloud, or tap the “Record” button so the…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.3
B. Design - 7.6
C. Engagement - 7.1

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A Picture Book that Visits Around the World!

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Collins Big Cat: Around the World includes a picture book and a storybook creator options. The picture book is a narrative about children who travel around the world and visit different countries. From the app’s main screen, users can select if they would like the app to read the picture book to them or if they would rather read it by themselves. Once selected, the picture book loads and users can swipe the screen sideways to turn the page, click the “listen” button to have the app read the page aloud, or tap the “Record” button so the app captures the user’s voice reading the page. If users choose the storybook creator option, it loads an editor section of the app. To create content to the pages, users can tap the “Scene” button to access different backgrounds, the “Objects” button to insert a variety of items, the “Characters” button to place individuals, and the “Text” button to add words. In addition, users can tap the “Record” button to capture themselves reading the text on the page. When ready, users can tap the “Right” and “Left” buttons to advance or return to pages. The app automatically saves the storybook, and users can exit that mode by tapping the “Home” button.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students read and/or listen to the app read them the story. Afterwards, teachers can ask students questions about the text, such as: (1) Where did the characters visit?, (2) Did you learn anything about the places they visited?, and (3) If you could visit anywhere that the characters visited, where would you visit? Teachers can ask these questions to students in small groups or as a full class discussion.
  2. As an assignment, teachers can have students use this app in the storybook editor mode to create a story about somewhere they have visited. To support students, teachers can have them draw out their story first on paper and then create it in this app. Depending on students’ ability level and classroom resources, teachers may pair students together, ask parents to assist students in creating their story, or provide one-on-one support. Once finished, students can share stories in small groups.
  3. After reading the first story, students can pick one of the places the characters in the story visited. Next, they can research different locations in that place. Students can then create a story using this app based on the locations they researched.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

 
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