Saturday, April 4, 2015

You Oughta Know About Storybots!




I am so excited to link up with Mrs. McClain over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain and to be a part of the You Oughta Know Blog Hop.


Have you seen the Storybots videos?  They are awesome!  My kiddos absolutely love them.........and to be honest, so do I!  The creators of Storybots also created JibJab - you know, those funny videos where people upload their families faces to music, and they have also done some great political cartoons.  

Well it turns out that they also realized the potential for educational videos and I am so glad that they did.  They have created engaging, educational videos that children love and ask for often.  We always watch at least one a week to coincide with our letter of the week.  In addition to alphabet videos, they also have other topics like videos on numbers, emotions, shapes, etc.  Look at the large list in the picture below.


The videos are fun, funny, and original.  You can find Storybots on youtube, but I would recommend signing up for their Educator Network.  If you do, you will have unlimited and free access to all of their videos.  You can sign up here: http://www.storybots.com/educate

They also have a membership where you can pay a monthly fee to have even more access if that interests you.  With this membership you could also put your child, or students faces, in books and videos.  How exciting is that?!?!

Check out this video on the letter A to get a little taste of how creative Storybots videos are - Hooray for A!


Wasn't that just the best???  I love how each video is catered to the letter and sound.  It is great how the lyrics revolve around words that begin with /a/ (or whatever letter you are watching).  The other videos in their line up are just the same - fun and educational!  I don't feel bad having my students watch a video because they are short (so it does not take up a lot of instructional time) and it provides an opportunity for discussion after.  Don't you think your students would enjoy watching these videos in class?  Mine love watching it on the SMARTBoard for whole group learning.  



There is also a Storybots app (for the letters of the alphabet) and it is definitely a favorite app that my students choose to visit.  It's wonderful because they are happy (and learning) and so that makes me happy :)



As you can see from the photo below, the app is so user friendly!


We also use Storybots as a treat during our small group.  After a good lesson, we might take a few moments to watch a video on the letter we were just practicing.  The students are thrilled when this happens - they seriously love Storybots!


So, what are you waiting for?  Get your Educator Network Access today!

Thanks for stopping by.  Make sure you check out more fabulous bloggers and their ideas in the You Oughta Know Blog Hop!


8 comments:

  1. LOVE this!!! I bet the kids just love watching these! I am definitely going to have to check out the website. The app looks great too! Thank you for sharing this great resource! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Heather! I know your students would enjoy the Storybots videos :) Enjoy!
      Suzanne

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  2. I can't believe I haven't been using this site! Apparently I need to get out more haha. I love it!! I will definitely be giving it a try!

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    1. You are funny Alex! Well, now you have no more excuses for not using Storybots - teehee. You won't be disappointed - and neither will your students!

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  3. Such a great resource Suzanne! I will definitely be passing this on to my colleagues!

    Jasmine
    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! I appreciate your organization, support, and patience with me as I navigate my way through this fun hop! Looking forward to next months hop :)
      Suzanne

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  4. Thanks bunches for sharing these videos. I can't wait to show them to my own little guy at home. He starts kinder next year, so he's all about his ABC's.
    Colleen
    Totally Terrific in Texas

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    1. You will love these videos Colleen - and so will he. They are so cute! Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy :)
      Suzanne

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