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Innovative new site, Educade, features StoryBots with teacher-created lesson plans

21 Oct

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Exciting news! StoryBots has just been featured on Educade.org, a new and completely free site where teachers can share lesson plans, ideas and learning tools for a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Educade is a portal designed to “meet the needs of teachers and parents everywhere by providing the largest online library of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with engaging and innovative learning tools, enabling teachers to maximize their impact on student learning.” Since Educade’s launch, teachers have been posting the innovative ways they’re using technology in the classroom.

Here’s a look at a couple of the amazing educators who have created lesson plans based on the StoryBots learning tools!

Featured Lesson Plan: The Letter J

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Nina photoNina Neulight is an experienced educator with a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from UCLA, and in-classroom experience having taught grades K through 12. She has created a lesson plan all about The Letter J, based on StoryBots’ ABC Videos and ABC Lyric Sheets. Check out her ideas on introducing the letter and new vocabulary words, using props and encouraging kinesthetic learning!
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Featured Lesson Plan: Biggest Pizza Ever

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deborahraphaelDeborah Raphael works in the LAUSD Arts Education Branch and is an advisor on Educational Technology and the Arts. Using Starring You Books, her lesson featuring The Biggest Pizza Ever uses a dynamic cross-curricular approach, integrated with multiple English Language Core Standards and Common Core 21st Century goals. This lesson not only brings stories alive using theater concepts, but is also a very creative use of the Starring You Books by StoryBots, that can be adapted for K-5th grades. It focuses on a wide range of skills including speaking, listening, estimating, collaboration as well as pantomime, tableau, problem solving and improvisation. As we were lucky enough to see first-hand, Ms. Raphael’s lesson kept her students super engaged and excited to learn!

Check out the StoryBots learning tools on Educade here!

Happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

16 Oct

Halloween is quickly creeping up, and we’ve got a trick-or-treat bag FULL of fun ways that you can celebrate the spooky season.

First, Halloween Friends, our new Starring You Book for October, is out! This unearthly story tells the tale of a mysterious group of friends trick-or-treating, showing off their unusual tricks to earn their treats. Download in the Starring You Books app.

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We’ve also launched a brand new page just for Halloween activities, which you can find at StoryBots.com/halloween. Here, you can make your very own StoryBots Hallo-wallo-ween video, as the StoryBots call Halloween, where you can cast up to 5 faces! Your family can dance Hallo-wallo-ween night away as a werewolf, mummy, vampire, ghost, and Frankenstein. Make your own here!

You can also cast this video on the go, using the StoryBots Halloween iPhone/iPad app, completely free to download in the App Store.
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Lastly, we have a wide variety of Halloween activities, including coloring pages, letter tracing practice, mazes, recipes, and word searches! Download the entire packet for free here.

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Have a safe and happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

StoryBots Turns One Year Old!

25 Sep

Big news this month at StoryBots — we’re celebrating our one year anniversary! What better way to mark the occasion than with some fun facts about how we’ve grown?

This nifty infographic features some of the highlights of our first year. Thank you for all your support, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for year number two!

Fun Writing Practice to the Tune of Our Rockin’ ABC Videos!

17 Sep

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Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 11.57.43 AMOur fans asked, and we’ve answered! By popular demand, we’re happy to debut a free 26-page worksheet packet featuring the lyrics from our ABC Video series. In addition to the song lyrics, each page includes areas to practice tracing and writing key words from each letter song. The toe-tapping songs cover a wealth of rich vocabulary words, and now your kids can practice reading and writing as they listen, to increase their command of language.

Download for free here!

Keeping your kids safe is our priority

11 Sep

Hello grown-ups!

We are coming up on our one year anniversary and wanted to take a moment to talk about one of the concerns we had as parents, which led us to start StoryBots: child safety in apps and online.

As parents ourselves, we take the safety of the children who use our apps very seriously. You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the concerns and pitfalls of app safety for children. It can be a really confusing and nerve-wracking experience to find safe, high-quality apps for your kids! That’s why we built StoryBots, from the ground up, with a focus on safety for our kids.

For starters, there is no advertising on StoryBots. Most importantly, while many apps build their business by tricking kids into making in-app purchases to buy coins or other virtual goods, we took a different approach. You pay one, low monthly fee and get unlimited access to everything in the StoryBots collection. No additional charges, no strange, unprotected links and no extra in-app purchases.

In addition, we want you to know that we invest heavily to ensure that we are fully compliant with the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) guidelines, designed to protect the privacy of your child’s information. We also follow all iTunes App Store rules for their new Kids section, and have the KidSafe+ Certification.

To help clear up some of the myths and mysteries surrounding app safety for kids, we put together this infographic, highlighting important facts you’ll want to keep in mind. Check out the simple solutions to help make your life as a parent easier, and have a safe, enjoyable time using technology with your kids.

You have our word that we will always keep safety at the top of our list. We are incredibly thankful that you’ve invited the StoryBots into your home and look forward to serving you in the future with great products that bring your families a big dose of happiness!

Happy Parenting!

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Evan & Gregg Spiridellis
StoryBots Co-founders, Brothers & Dads

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StoryBots receives the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval!

10 Sep

We’re pleased to announce that the National Parenting Center has awarded its prestigious Seal of Approval to StoryBots.com and Starring You Books for Fall 2013!

All reviews are based on evaluations from parents and children over a testing period of 8 weeks. The seal is given to products that score high in consumer reactions, experiences and perceptions. These guys have been at this for a long time — 23 years in fact — so they know a good product when they see it!

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the NPC team acknowledged the amazingly talented artists, technologists, and business people who make up the StoryBots team and awarded us with this shiny new seal!

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New activity packet takes you Back to School — StoryBots Style!

21 Aug

Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 2.29.17 PMTime to set your schedules (and alarms!), sharpen pencils, and pack lunches — the new school year is HERE!

The StoryBots have whipped up a new back to school themed activity packet, just in time for the first school bell of the year. This 22-page activity packet contains word searches, coloring sheets, word tracing, recipes and lots of fun crafts. Together with your kids, you can create and decorate a one-of-a-kind pencil holder (in three different ways!), and make a healthy after school snack.

The packet also features essentials for the school year — like name labels, a calendar to keep track of (and learn!) the days of the week, and customized bookmarks.

Download for FREE here, and get your kids geared up for learning fun!

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