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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, speaking, storytelling, writing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, making conclusions, problem solving
Creativity: brainstorming, innovation
Self-Direction: motivation, personal growth, self-assessment, self-reflection
Emotional Development: handling stress, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, self-awareness
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 9, 2013
- Category: Education
- Size: 829.40 MB
- Publisher: AssistiveWare
- Version: 3.5
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Last updated: October 25, 2018
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