A. Instruction - 10
B. Design - 9.8
C. Engagement - 9
Sutori: Create and share visual stories
Summary : Helping You Tell Your Story Digitally!
Sutori allows users to customize and share stories, and users can add images, text, questions, and more to their stories! To begin, users must register with Sutori, and then they can begin building their first story! (Please note, this review will focus on the free version of Sutori.) At this point, the user’s dashboard appears and they can click on the “Create a Story” option to begin!
Once they started a story, users can add a banner image by clicking the option on the top right of the screen, and either importing an image or pasting in the image’s web address. Sutori then inserts the image and allows users to position it before adding it to the story. Next, users can insert a title, introduction, and heading to introduce their story. To do so, users simply have to click on the space reserved for the text, type their text, and then click back on the screen. Sutori will automatically save any changes.
To add content, users have to click the blue “+” sign that is accessible when they hover their mouse over the blue line in the middle of the screen. Next, users can click on the type of content they wish to add, and depending on the content selected, users may have to import images, add text, create a discussion forum, upload a video, or insert a heading. Once the content is added, users can view it immediately in their story.
When finished, users can click the “Share” button to access an URL address and an embed code for their story. They can also click the “Collaborate” button and enter in another user’s email address, which will allow multiple users to work on the story together. Finally, users can click the “…” button to print, copy, and delete their story.
Instructional Ideas for Sutori
- When gathering online resources related to a topic in preparation to write a paper, students can create a story using this website. They can then click the “Text” option and write the name of the source and a summary of the information found there. They can then add a link back to the source. Teachers can require students to add a specific number of sources. Then, when students are ready to write, they can view the sources they included in their story as support for their paper.
- When studying a historical figure, event, or happening, students can create the title and introduction of the story so it identifies the story’s subject. Next, students can use the heading so it identifies a specific date/year relevant to the topic and then add content that highlights the events that took place on that date/year. When finished, students can link their Sutori to a class website, so their classmates can access it.
- As part of a class review for an upcoming test, teachers can create a Sutori board and share it with their students. Next, students can log in and add information, questions, and images relevant to the topic(s) that will be included on the upcoming test. To conclude, teachers and students can view the story together and discuss the different content.
- When introducing themselves at the beginning of the year, teachers can have students create a board that features hobbies, sports, clubs, achievements, goals, friends/family, cultures, and customs that are important to them. Students can then do a gallery walk where they move around the room to view and discuss each other’s boards.
- Teachers can have students compare this website to similar ones, such as Padlet, RealtimeBaord, and Dotstorming. Teachers can have students highlight the similarities and differences of the technologies. At the end of the conversation, the class can make a choice about which technology they wish to use. From there, teachers can plan activities for the technology.
Screenshots of Sutori