Earlier today I wrote about Stop Frame Animator from Culture Street. After playing with the Stop Frame Animator I tried out another of Culture Street's tools, the Picture Book Maker. The Picture Book Maker allows students to create six page stories by dragging background scenes into a page, dragging in animals and props, and typing text. All of the elements can be sized an positioned to fit the pages. Text is limited to roughly two lines per page. Completed stories are displayed with simple page turning effects. Stories created on Picture Book Maker can be printed.
Applications for Education
Picture Book Maker could be good tool for elementary school students to use to create short stories that they can print or email to share with their parents. If you have students who struggle to start a creative story, have them pick an animal from the menu and write a story about that animal. The story that I created was about a penguin lost in a forest (I think my mom is going to love it when the printed story arrives in the mail).