Show And Tell is a story creator, a simple and fun way to make stories and events using your tablet or phone. Kids, parents and teachers can use it to create your own story with pictures, video, sounds and text-to-speech. From kindergarten circle to special education, anyone can benefit from this new way of expressing memories and ideas.
Each story is organized in pages with a picture, video and text. The pages can have a sound clip attached or text-to-speech interpretation. The pictures and sounds can be selected from device albums or recorded instantly. A draw and handwriting pad is available for Samsung Galaxy / Note S Pen. The stories can be added and edited with an easy to use wizard. Fun effects can be added with the integrated Aviary photo editor. The stories can be saved as PDF and e-mailed. The entire story can also be shared by email with other Show And Tell users.
This app is useful for young children, teens and even adults. It can be easily used as a photo album, a collection of children’s drawings, or a quick way to record travel memories.
The application is particularly useful for teachers, therapists and parents. It allows for quick creation of personalized sequenced stories, with the possibility of introducing own photographs, video, text and audio recording. The application is best suited for young children or children with reduced speech clarity, learning disabilities, autism, behavior difficulties, developmental disabilities and/or emerging language abilities (nonverbal communication, speech therapy).
Show and Tell provides the adults working with the children with a powerful tool to stimulate language, including comprehension, oral expressive skills, reading and writing skills. The app can be used to create social narratives to depict common social problems or conflicts and ways to address them in a socially acceptable way. The app allows for maximum flexibility on the part of the adult designing the story for the child. For example, if the teacher chose to draw small figurines on paper to depict emotions and actions, then a picture can be taken and “voila”, a story was created which can then be used over and over again, until the target behavior is learned.
The app allows the user to create sequenced stories which are often key for early language and literacy development. The stories created can be used as a basis for expanding conversations, introducing the story elements to the child or introducing more details and richness to the conversational exchange.
The stories can be used to support children with severe articulation disorders, oral language difficulties, nonverbal or autistic children. The parents or teacher may create simple stories to depict an activity that the child has done, then use the app to allow the child to share the information with others, familiar or unfamiliar peers and adults, in order to expand the range of people that the child communicates with.
If the focus is on Vocabulary and concept development, the teacher or parent may take pictures of multiple objects depicting a concept that is a focus for the child (such as colors, numbers, sizes, etc), then create a quick story for the child to refer to.
The app may be used to create early literacy individualized alphabet books to aid children who are struggling to make the connection between the letters and their respective sounds through association with pictures of personally meaningful things. A familiar voice recording would increase familiarity and ensure faster connections are made.
Children with working memory difficulties may benefit from the stories created with Show and Tell to replay a sequence of familiar events for quick reference. For example, a child may use a story which replays the steps required to do a pen and paper exercise in class or homework.
A demo version is available on Google Play, search "wsisat" and select Show And Tell Demo.