Maker was the only piece of software to win the National Literacy Association's
prestigious WOW! award in 2004, awarded for products that 'drew a collective
gasp of wonder from the (Quality Control) panel'. And here's what the NLA said
about Story Maker:
Just let your children have free rein on this and watch their creativity take
flight! The original Story Maker is a well established product. But this new
revised version 2 is so much better and is so easy to use. As one of our panel
members said 'It's a bit like assembling an animated picture book complete with
National Literacy Association
The aim of Story Maker is to provide creativity and learning
in students of all ages. It aims to appeal to users of all abilities and
encourages them to improve their story writing skills and knowledge about
language in a fun and motivating way. The program fulfils these objectives
well. The content covers various subjects with a variety of different
backgrounds, characters and subjects and the use of French can make learning
another language interesting and fun. It provides opportunities that will
motivate the user and encourage them to improve their reading and story
writing. The program uses large easy to read font and fun colourful pictures
Will appeal to all ages across the primary phase and can be
easily used by pupils of all ability levels. Teachers of younger children may
also welcome the opportunity to create their own text relating directly to
classroom work. Gives ample opportunity to cover many of the programs of study
for English as described in the National Curriculum Key stages 1 and 2 The
interface is easy to understand. The accompanying manual is well written,
offering clear and precise instructions on how to use the program.
An excellent program for classroom use, which will stimulate children to
develop their literacy skills in an imaginative and enjoyable manner.
My young testers found dynamic linking easy to set up and understand. Children
can create a moving and talking picture very quickly. SPA will put your
Masterpieces onto their Web site for others to download or they can be swapped
via the Story Player program which can be freely downloaded. But don't expect
to be let back on the computer for some time.
As with all SPA products, it is attractive to students and forgiving of
mistakes. Once you get started, time fairly flies by. The possibilities are
truly endless, and the final product can be distributed with a free Story
This is a very simple program to use, but full of sophisticated features which
will appeal to all ages. The manual is easy to understand, and takes the user
step by step through all the essentials.
Text was easy, I could place it where I liked, even making the speech bubbles
transparent. I linked stamps to actions and sounds, and by clicking on the text
it can be read out. Now for animation. I have never attempted this sort of
thing before, but like everything else it was simplicity itself. The disk also
contains a selection of sprites which have built in animation to add a degree
Sound effects next. Just by clicking on the correct icon I could choose from a
whole range of realistic noises.
One of the major plusses of this program is the Story Player. This can be
downloaded and distributed free. So children who have home computers can show
their masterpieces to the family and stories written for younger children can
be made into an ICT library without tying up the main program. Brilliant! What
an incentive. Stories are meant to be read and these will be.
This program is a real treasure and in my opinion very good value for money.
MAPE (Microcomputers and Primary Education)