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Make Your Lessons Memorable with the Texting Story App

Thursday, April 6, 2017 / 8 comments

Make Your Lessons Memorable with the Texting Story App

Make your lessons memorable with the free ipad app, Texting Story. This digital tool is a great way to get your students thinking, creating and writing while using technology in the classroom.

Are you constantly trying to jazz up your lessons and engage your students? I know I am always on the hunt for new, innovative ideas to bring to the classroom that will excite learners of all levels.

Several years ago Catherine Reed from Brown Bag Teacher wrote a blog post entitled Using Fake Texts to Connect with and Engage Students. As soon as I saw her ideas, I lit up! Today's students would be all over her activities. After all, I saw my students WANT TO LEARN when I used my Making Inferences with Text Messages Task Cards that are in the shape of an iPhone as well as my ConTEXT Clues worksheets. That's right, I DO have printable products in my TpT Store. 💁 I strongly believe that classrooms need to have a balance of digital activities as well as paper/utensil activities.

  

ANYWAY...Catherine mentions how teachers can use the iFake Text Generator for:
  • Morning Meeting Messages
  • Reading Journals
  • Introduce/Review Vocabulary
So fun!

After seeing Catherine's post, I did a lesson with a 2nd grade class who used the iFakeText Generator to write a conversation between George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as if they were alive today. They LOVED it. It required A LOT of thinking for those 2nd graders to weave in as much information as possible but it ended up being a wonderful activity.

Texting exchange between George Washington and Abraham Lincoln using the digital tool, iFake Text Generator
iFakeText Generator Example

THEN..last week..I saw a Facebook post from TechChef4u that was advertising the FREE app, Texting Story. Once again, I lit up!

Not only does this app generate text messages, it turns your work into a text conversation MOVIE. Check it out:



If you are interested in creating a conversation that plays continuously so you don't have to keep pressing play, upload the saved video into the app GifToaster and turn it into a GIF that you can embed in a Google Doc/Slide, blog or website! Here is an example (the only issue is that you don't get to hear the cool texting sounds when it is turned into a gif)


Make your lessons memorable with the free ipad app, Texting Story. This digital tool is a great way to get your students thinking, creating and writing while using technology in the classroom.

This app is so easy to use and very intuitive. You can even upload pictures for each character as well as send images and emojis🙌 in the texts.

Under Settings you can add your two names, select their text color, add a profile image as well as choose some other options:

Make your lessons memorable with the free ipad app, Texting Story. This digital tool is a great way to get your students thinking, creating and writing while using technology in the classroom.

Note: It documents your every move. If you type a word/phrase and then delete to add something different, it will show up. The Clear Story button under Edit Story needs to be pressed if you want to start all over.

Students would have a ball using this tool in the classroom and it would truly make your lessons memorable. What are some other ways we could use this with students?

I hope Texting Story comes to the web for all of you Chromebook users! I haven't found a web tool like it. Let me know if you run across one that makes these type of texting conversation movies. In the mean time, check out Gone Google Story Builder. It is similar but instead of texting, students create a Google Doc interaction and can have multiple characters.

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8 comments:

  1. lol, this is AWESOME!
    I can just imagine kids reading texts from Fancy Nancy and Curious George.
    Thanks so much!

    Desiree
    Reading with Mrs. D

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    1. Oh my goodness..that would be SUCH a cute activity for kids to have a texting convo with Fancy Nancy (she is my spirit animal hahaha)! Love it! Thanks for the idea :)

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  2. Julie, TechChef4U teaches about a mile from me at Westlake High School. I'll see her at iPadpalooza this summer. She is amazing! You are, too. My brain is churning with ideas for biographies and writing activities. Students will love Text Story!

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  3. Thanks for this awesome app! I am going to have my students "text" the founder of our town for Social Studies. They will LOVE it! How did you add the photos? I did the free purchase, but was unable to add photos! :(

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    1. Yay!! That sounds super fun :) To add photos, you have to tap on the actual text itself in order for the screen of options to pop up. Then tap Settings. The two areas where you type the names of the people talking pop up at the very top. Tap the circle for where the profile will appear. Adding photos is a FREE "in app purchase" so you might have to allow it if a message pops up. I didn't have to do that when I downloaded the app on my iPad a few weeks ago. I just tried it on my husband's and I DID have to allow the FREE purchase. Bizarre! Please feel free to email me if you still can't get it to work: contact@thetechieteacher.net. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. This is such a fun and engaging activity! As a reading teacher, I love the idea of having students explore characterization by texting between characters. This would enable them to take on the persona(s) and really think about the characters and context of the story! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. You are welcome!! Thank you for stopping by :)

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