What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scribble Press is a kid-friendly app kids can use to write and illustrate books, publish them publicly or privately, and even order a printed copy. Kids can start with a blank book and let their imaginations run or use a premade story line, which is especially handy for younger kids or kids who need more structure in their storytelling or creative writing. All books that users want to share publicly are held for 24 hours to make sure the content is acceptable for kids. Still, kids under 13 aren't allowed to create an account; parents will have to work with younger storytellers to ensure that they know the rules of public publishing versus sharing their work privately and how to protect their personal information.
What's it about?
SCRIBBLE PRESS is a kid-friendly book-creation and -publication app that kids can use to write and illustrate stories, publish them online or in print, and view other kids' books. More than 500 writing and drawing tools allow kids to convey their stories and their messages via words, fonts, colors, images, and more. After you create an account, tap New Book to start working on a blank template or a pre-made story line, including ideas such as "If I ran for president" or "My first day at my new school." Tap New Drawing to draw a picture, or tap Browse Books to find and read books published publicly by other Scribble Press users. Kid works can be published online publicly or privately, or printed copies can be ordered directly from the app. Scribble Press also offers kids the option to draw to make pictures, greeting cards, or other one-page works. Scribble Press provides kids with ways to practice storytelling and use creativity and share as much or as little as desired.
Is it any good?
Kids are empowered by Scribble Press to imagine and create stories with whatever storytelling skills they currently have, whether it involves using one of the 50 pre-made story templates or starting completely from scratch and moving all the way to public publishing. You'll need to be involved with younger kids, and even for older kids parents may want to provide reminders about guarding personal information if kids want to publish their books on the app publicly. But the options for creativity are nearly limitless, and kids will be able to choose their own levels of book customization. Scribble Press lives up to its motto -- "Imagine, Create, Publish" -- and it's a great way for kids to explore storytelling, illustrating, and publishing.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what a good story contains, including great characters and a compelling conflict. Ask your kids about their favorite stories and have them identify these elements.
Families can set up a book-sharing night, with parents and kids reading to each other from family faves or using their imaginations.
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: storytelling, writing |
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making |
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Self-Direction: effort, initiative, self-assessment
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Tech Skills: digital creation
|Release date:||February 21, 2013|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.1 or late|