Jul 2012

StoryPals free download - Windsor Castle

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Windsor Castle
Author: Eric Sailers
Story Description: This is an informational text about Windsor Castle in England.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 8 (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Windsor Castle

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To share your stories, email them to support@ericsailers.com and submit a request to share your stories by completing the following form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFV4cnUzMmFxRXZYM2FkWUhkWnloakE6MQ#gid=0.
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StoryPals free download - Gaming Friends

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Gaming Friends
Author: Eric Sailers
Story Description: Doug finds a friend who likes the same game as him.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 10 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Gaming Friends

To automatically receive additional free stories as they become available, please subscribe to my blog by entering your email address above in the right sidebar.

To share your stories, email them to support@ericsailers.com and submit a request to share your stories by completing the following form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFV4cnUzMmFxRXZYM2FkWUhkWnloakE6MQ#gid=0.
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Free story download for StoryPals

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: A Surprise Party for Mouse
Author: Kelly Sailers
Story Description: Mouse's friends want to throw him a surprise party for his seventh birthday. But, how will they manage to surprise him?
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 11 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

A Surprise Party for Mouse

To automatically receive additional free stories as they become available, please subscribe to my blog by entering your email address above in the right sidebar.

To share your stories, email them to support@ericsailers.com and submit a request to share your stories by completing the following form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFV4cnUzMmFxRXZYM2FkWUhkWnloakE6MQ#gid=0.
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20 tips for getting started with StoryPals

blogEntryThumbnail1. Read one of 24 included stories by tapping the title in the Table of Contents on the home screen.
2. Using the animation hints (hands), interact with the illustration.
3. Tap the play button to read the story with text-to-speech (TTS) and word highlighting.
4. Tap the Rec. button, then the red circle to record your voice reading the story. Next, play it back.
5. Swipe from right to left on the bottom of the right page to interact with the next story.
6. Tap the Quiz button then New Student to setup a student for quizzes.
7. Choose the student and/or the Sample Student, then tap Begin for the quiz.
8. Take the quiz by tapping each question, followed by an answer choice then the Next button.
9. Tap Done if you want to exit the quiz before it's finished. Tap Done again to return to the story.
10. Tap the Options (gears button), then Visual. Next, adjust the Story Text Size and turn Justified Story Text OFF.
11. Go back to the first level of Options, then tap Audio to turn TTS OFF or to change Voices.
12. Exit the Options and tap the Table of Contents (to the right of the Options button), then tap New Story.
13. Create a new story with an image (via tapping the Image button and choosing illustration elements), title, and story text.
14. Tap Quiz and follow the directions to create quiz questions.
15. After you're finished creating the quiz, tap Done.
16. If you know someone with StoryPals, tap the Options and Share Stories to email your new story and quiz.
17. Visit http://ericsailers.com/blog.html to install (for free) a shared story with quiz in StoryPals.
18. After the story has been imported, go to My Stories in the Table of Contents, and tap on the story's title.
19. Interact with the story and illustration, then take the quiz.
20. Tap the Help (question mark button) to learn about several other features in StoryPals.
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Eric Sailers LLC releases StoryPals for iPad

blogEntryThumbnailPress Release
StoryPals for iPad is a robust, fun-filled story comprehension application for children. StoryPals provides a user-friendly experience for children to practice listening and reading comprehension independently or in a small group. The app features reading supports and several configurable options that allow users to individualize the experience to meet a student’s specific needs.

San Diego, CA - July 3, 2012 - Eric Sailers LLC is pleased to announce the release of StoryPals for Apple iPad. StoryPals is an engaging story comprehension app with 24 original, whimsical stories designed to help children practice listening and reading comprehension. Each included story is accompanied by a 10 question quiz featuring WH questions. Utilizing colorful graphics with animations, the app is highly interactive and engaging. Bridget Gilormini, a speech-language pathologist, said, "It is exciting to see an app for comprehension come to the market created by professionals with the background and experience to understand literacy and language."

StoryPals includes a number of features that make it user-friendly for both children and educators. Children will love the humorous characters and animations as they interact with the story text in a variety of ways. StoryPals allows the user to customize the experience, so a child can read independently, record his/her voice, or listen to the story using the highest quality text-to-speech with word highlighting available. Quizzes can be modified to allow for multiple students to take a quiz in the same setting, and to alter question types and the number of answer choices. Best of all, scores are automatically collected, saved, and easily exported outside the app so tracking student progress is simple. Speech-language pathologist Jenna Rayburn says, "StoryPals will be a great benefit to SLP's in school settings. Reading comprehension skills are so important in elementary aged students and StoryPals collects data from the SLP point of view!"

But, what happens when your students read all of the included stories? StoryPals has you covered! StoryPals allows you to create your own stories and quizzes to further meet student needs. Choose from included illustrations, build your own original images using illustration elements, or add a photo. With StoryPals, you are encouraged to create and share stories with your pals. Easily build a story library targeting the specific comprehension skills your students need. Or, have students create their own stories. Anything you create will have the same built-in supports for listening and reading comprehension, and the ability to collect scores for tracking student progress. Meg Wilson, a special education teacher said, "I am very excited to share StoryPals with fellow teachers, it is a wonderful app!"

Device Requirements
- iPad
- Requires iOS 4.0 or higher
- 401 MB

Pricing and Availability
- StoryPals 1.0.1 is available on the iTunes App Store for a promotional price of $14.99 on the first day of sale, then $24.99 thereafter.
- English
- StoryPals download link

Eric Sailers LLC is a company owned and operated by Eric Sailers, who creates mobile applications for Apple’s platforms. StoryPals was co-authored by Eric Sailers, a speech-language pathologist, and his wife, Kelly Sailers, who is a language arts teacher. Eric Sailers worked six years in a school district as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist. Although Eric no longer works for a school district, he continues to help children with special needs via private therapy and his apps.
Copyright (C) 2012 Eric Sailers LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

For more information, visit the StoryPals website at http://ericsailers.com/storypals.html.

Contact
Eric Sailers
Owner, Eric Sailers LLC
619-881-7495
eric@ericsailers.com
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