Imagistory is a wordless picture book designed for children 3 and up. The objective of the app is to increase overall language skills while creating unique stories. The only tools necessary are an iPad and a great imagination. There is so much that I like about this app. The app is very user friendly. Page turning is easy and learning curve is small. There is a small guide in the parent and teacher section, but more about how to use the app in the classroom and not really how to use the app. The only hidden icons are to pause, return to home or restart, supported by an arrow in the top left corner.
At the onset the “author” is asked to customize the story with their name and their photo. The photo taking is automatic, using a countdown before actually snapping your picture. There is no option to use a photo from your photo library. The next step, which I really like, is the choice between beginning to create the story (record) or to do a quiet read (silent picture walk, small icon on top right corner of the opening cover page).
As a Speech Language Pathologist, I love that the children have a chance to view the pictures first, and become familiar with the story. We chat about the pictures, sequence and predict. This allows for a very important step in narrative dialogue. The story walk allows for the integration of various narrative tools (Story Grammar Markers, SKILLS). Once the children have an idea of what they would like to say, and/or have written a story, the second option is chosen: recording the story narrative. One thing that I don’t particularly like is that the recording starts automatically. I would prefer the option of starting and stopping when I want, allowing for reviewing what I want to say, before jumping right into the recording. If the child makes a mistake on a particular page, there is no option to redo only the single page. The child has to return to the beginning and either re-record or flip to the page you want.
My favorite feature of this app is that although there are only 6 stories, each time the children chose the theme, there can be a different story. The developer suggests in the guide section the different language skills that are enhanced by this app, from story writing, to perspective taking, creating different genres and creative group work.
Pictures are nicely animated, but for some books, particularly Bubble Monster, I find the pages too crowded. The “Bubbles” are mostly the same color and it is hard to distinguish the main characters from the other bubbles. Other books are less “crowded” and allows for more use of imagination.
The app saves stories automatically, at the end and the narratives can be shared with others. The stories are saved under the parent and teacher section, There are 3 categories: all stories, my favorites and shared with me.
There are 2 versions of the app available in the App Store. The free version comes with 2 stories – The Little Red Bucket and the Tree Boat Saga. In App Purchases are available for 4 other stories, with the developer suggesting there are more to come. The additional 4 stories are My Friends the Penguins, Backyard Adventure, Tree Boat Saga 2 and The Monster Bubbles. Parent and teacher section is locked. There is a separate school edition app which contains all 6 stories.
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This review was originally published by TheiMums.com on September 24, 2015. The iMums – Amanda, Alison, Mary and Grace – are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children. Founded in August 2011, the four iMums have 11 kids among them ranging in age from 1 to 17 and bring a global perspective to their app reviews.
The original iMum Amanda being from Australia, Alison is in America, Grace is from Singapore and Mary is from the UK but is currently living in America. Guest author Lisa is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been working in an inclusive school system for over 32 years. She works with children that have issues in all areas of speech and language. She loves her work and is always looking for ways to integrate technology.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Tim Ross/Elaine Ngeow
Imagistory Publishing Limited
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 8 +
Bring your child's imagination to life with Imagistory! A wordless picture book app that encourages anyone to be the storyteller, no matter what your age or language.
Designed for children aged 3 and up, the idea behind the app is simple, using wordless picture books it's up to you and your child to use your imaginations to create a story with the pictures. The stories you create can be recorded and saved so you can listen to them again later and share them with loved ones.
Imagistory provides an entirely new reading experience, not only is it very fun and easy to use, it's also highly educational! Helping foster creativity, imagination and to develop language and early literacy skills.
Kids have the wildest imaginations and are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential!