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Make a Flip Book

Make a flip book
Create an online animated flip book.

FlipSnack is a site that animates the pages of a document. Using any pdf file, you can generate a fun, interactive version of a story, journal, or any piece of writing that your students have created.

If you do not have an account, the book will not save. If you make your own free account, your book will have a link you can share with others.

  1. Sign In to Google Drive and open your story.
  2. Click the File menu. Choose Download as > PDF Document (.pdf)
  3. Choose a place to save the file (for example: desktop).
  4. Go to http://www.flipsnack.com/
  5. Click Create Your Publication.
  6. Drag and drop the pdf file you saved in Step 2 into the selection box; or click the select button and go and get your file.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click to read your book!

Have your students written stories using TechnoStories or journals using TechnoJournal? They will be delighted to make flip books from their creations and share their links with their friends, teachers, or parents!

Teach the Writing Process with Technology

Teach the writing process to primary students
Is there a way to spark student interest in the writing process? Yes, there is!

Use technology to engage primary students using the book templates in TechnoStories, a unique computer project that integrates language arts curriculum with technology. TechnoStories is designed especially for young children to develop beginning keyboarding and word processing skills. They learn to write, illustrate, and edit an original storybook using Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

TechnoStories follows the stages of the writing process with fun, appealing, and inviting activities:

  1. Organize Ideas: A planning sheet allows young students to sketch their ideas. They plan the beginning, middle, and end of their story. Book titles are included as a source of inspiration.
  2. Draft Writing: In TechnoStories, students use a book template with a title page and three story pages to write and illustrate their story. Word processing skills such as how to format text and images are applied from previous assignments. Sentence starters support writing.
  3. Edit Writing: Students use electronic tools to correct errors. A checklist is provided to help proofread the publication.
  4. Publish Writing: The completed storybook is shared as students send a link by email to their teacher, friend, or parent. Optional instructions are provided to print or transform the document into an animated flipbook using a free online service.
  5. Reflection: Students identify their strengths as writers by rating their word processing ability, quality of story writing, and effort.

Turn your students into enthusiastic young authors with TechnoStories!

New Google Docs Project for Primary Grades

The latest addition to TechnoKids’ new line of technology projects created for Google Docs and Microsoft Word is TechnoStories, designed for Grades 1 to 3. This project builds basic word processing and keyboarding skills for beginners.

TechnoStories for Google Docs

Teach beginning word processing skills with TechnoStories templates.

Included in the project are:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Digital Student Workbook
  • Templates
  • Sample Stories
  • Assessment Tools – Skill Summary, Student Checklist, Marking Sheet, Student Reflection

Designed especially for young students, TechnoStories includes Google Docs and Microsoft Word templates that minimize the amount of keyboarding required to write a story. As a result, student success and interest is enhanced.

TechnoStories for Google Docs

Develop Word Processing Skills in Primary Students

Students begin by learning to edit a story template about My Puppy. All samples spark their interest in story writing and give them clear examples of the story they will create. Students are introduced to basic word processing skills as they format the font, size, and color of particular words.

TechnoStories for Google Apps for Education

Next, they view a story template about a day at school. The story includes all the words but the illustrations are missing. Students repeat formatting skills taught in the previous assignment and then learn how to search for and resize pictures.

The next step is an About Me template. Students finish the sentence starters to write the story and then practice adding pictures.

Plan, Write, Illustrate, Edit, and Publish a Story

Before writing their own story, students sketch out a story planner. The planning sheet must include a beginning, a middle, and an end. Suggested titles and sentence starters throughout the instructions spark the interest of young writers. Then they apply and practice all of the new skills to complete an original story.

The story is edited for spelling and a checklist is completed to build organizational skills and to ensure that all parts of the writing assignment have been completed.

Writing Reflection

Finally, the story is shared with friends, parents, and/or teachers by email. To complete the writing process, students fill out a simple reflection sheet about their work.

TechnoStories for Google Docs

Story Writing Activities for Primary Students

Extension activities at the end of the project challenge students to practice additional word processing and keyboarding skills, try optional enrichment techniques, get inspired with more story writing ideas, and use a free online service to make an animated flip book.

TechnoStories will inspire the inner author in your students!

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