Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tikatok - Imagine a Story

This is the Web 2.0 tool that I spoke about in class a couple of weeks ago. Tikatok is an online platform where parents and their children can write, illustrate, and publish their original stories into professional, quality hardcover and paperback books or eBooks. Tikatok is free to join, you only need to pay if you are ordering books.

I think that Tikatok is awesome because you can set up a teacher account with student logins very easily. That page looks like this:On your teacher page, you can view student's books, reset their password, delete students, or add more students. You can have different sections if you teach multiple classes. I am going to walk you through what happens when the student logs in. When the student logs in, they will see the following page:It has their saved books, their uploaded images, and the option to create a new book or continue with the book they were working on. When they start a book from scratch, this is what the page looks like:

The first option is to add the students name and a few pictures to an already created book. This would be great for really young students or students with IEPs. The second option is to create a book with some writing prompts, and the third option is to start a book from scratch. Even when you start the book from scratch, there are still hints below every page. This is what it looks like when you create a book from scratch. Look at the hints that they provide.
Tikatok is a great tool for students to get excited about writing. I think that it would be a great addition to any classroom! What do you think?

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