StoryBots Classroom Finalist for Best Early Childhood Education App

StoryBots Classroom – our free digital learning resource for teachers – was today named a finalist in the Best Early Childhood Education App or Tool category at the inaugural Tech Edvocate Awards.

More than 40,000 educators have signed up for the StoryBots Classroom program, which provides unlimited access to StoryBots’ massive library of educational ebooks, videos, activities and standards-aligned math games, all designed to make learning fun for kids ages 3-to-8.

The Edvocate is a leading voice in education policy, reform, equity and innovation. Winners of the Tech Edvocate Awards will be announced on October 31, 2017.

Are you a preK-3rd grade teacher? Sign up for free access to StoryBots Classroom here!

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with the StoryBots!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the StoryBots are giving thanks! We’ve just released a new Starring You video to celebrate the season, in which 5 people can be cast. The whole family can dance along as the StoryBots remind us why we’re thankful in a brand new, super catchy song called “Thank You for Thanksgiving”. Make your own video for free at StoryBots.com/thanksgiving!

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We’ve also released a new Thanksgiving activity packet, full of fall-themed recipes, coloring pages, word searches, letter tracing, crafts, and thank you cards. Download for free here!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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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!