National Poetry Month. Continually searching for new online applications to use with students, I tend to search through my alphabetical (librarian's habit) list of web 2.0 goodies to try. StoryJumper was designed about three years ago by three Dads so storytellers of any age could tell their tales.
I decided to "jump" right in by clicking on the orange create button. At the next page are a list of templates for first time users to explore; Build a book from scratch, Treasure Map Builder, Food Fun, Ocean Tale, Costumes, Trucks and Rescue, Magic and Myth, Astrozone and Train Time. I, of course, selected to build a book from scratch. If unsure about how to start, there is a quick tutorial to read or a short video to watch.
By clicking on the more props button a search can be made for something specific. When you find what you need, clicking on it moves it to the prop selection on the working screen.
The next screen element that you can add to your story is a scene or background. Just as for the props element there is a large searchable selection from StoryJumper but you can add your own also. I uploaded some photographs. Any images that you upload can be turned into a prop or scene in a few quick easy steps.
All that's left now is to compose that story. As this was my first time using this application I did not use all sixteen pages.
I did find that I needed to add a page with just an image if I wanted my front and back cover image to be text-free. The StoryJumper app will only choose from created pages.
To save your story/book or upload an images your need to register. When creating an account you are asked to give a user name, a password, your birthday, an email address and whether this is a classroom edition account. A confirming email will be sent to you.
When sharing your story, by default it can be viewed by you only. You can change that to include anyone or only family or friends. If you want to explore other stories just click on the explore dot although there is no search option. There is a very comprehensive help section.
I made my story able to be viewed by anyone but there is no way to get a URL link or HTML code to embed it in a website or blog. I have copied a link that I hope will work.
StoryJumper offers another avenue for digital storytelling that has huge potential in and out of the classroom.