Monday, December 15, 2008
Here's another option for online stories for elementary aged students: Speakaboos. Currently there is a fun (and age appropriate for somewhat older students) version of A Christmas Carol and five other December stories including the Dreidel Song.
Additionally there are favorites like Arthur and Curious George, fables, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, folktales and lullabies. Soon you will be able to record your own stories and download the stories for use off line or even on an iPod for 99 cents.
The site is currently in public beta (which means that it may eventually cost money, change features or disappear). You can get nearly all the features without going through the lengthy and privacy challenging sign-up process.
As for adaptability the stories are videos not animations of pages turning, thus your cannot do the old "put the mouse arrow over the button to turn the page" trick to make it accessible. However, you can put the mouse arrow over the play/pause button - for all that is worth. Oh and these stories should be super fun on a "big screen".