What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pictello provides an easy way to create "social stories" from the images and videos in your device's photo library. Simply decide on a story topic with your child and choose the "Wizard" or "Expert" to guide you through the process. Know that your photo books can be shared through iTunes, Dropbox, or Pictello's universal server. You'll need to provide an email to join Pictello, but other users can only download your photo books if you give them a code.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- making conclusions
- problem solving
- personal growth
- handling stress
- identifying emotions
- labeling feelings
- multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will love to see and hear themselves. Within the settings, you can change everything from the voice, playback, authoring, interaction, appearance, and languages.
Pictello integrates differentiated instruction using audio, visual, and a kinesthetic approach. Kids will feel empowered once they create and use a social story.
The app is very easy to use, and a "How to Write a Story" guide walks you through creating a story. Many options allow you to customize the experience to support a wide range of learners.
What's it about?
PICTELLO is an interactive storytelling app that allows kids and their parents to make virtual storybooks with their own titles, photos, and captions. It should have appeal for all kids and parents, but it also should be especially useful for kids who have difficulty understanding social cues, reading facial expressions, and interpreting body language. A simple step-by-step tutorial guides users through the process of creating stories on their own. Different options for how text and pictures are read or uploaded support different types of learners. For example, the voice quality, rate, and pronunciation can be modified; audio can be created using text-to-speech, recording one's own voice, or selecting a computerized voice; and text can be highlighted as it's read. A library of sample stories, although small, can help fuel the creative process. Note that stories within the library show kids who have learning difficulties and special needs as well as ones who don't.
Is it any good?
What better way for kids to feel empowered than by relating their own stories? Sure, the interface is a bit spare and the number of examples is thin. But the tutorial is clear, there are solid audio and visual supports, and it can be a fabulously fun way for parents and kids together to address the ups and downs of communication, friendship, and the daily grind. Pictello may be pricey, but it's a high-quality product that most families will make great use of.
Families can talk about...
If your child is non-verbal, use your voice to record stories.
Take pictures and videos with your kid to help create relevant social stories of such things as daily routines.
Make stories to help kids with transitions such as going to the doctor or starting a new school.