Category Archives: Transcripts

Transcript for the 8/17/14 #storyappchat

Transcript for the August 17, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, where we discussed big educational software packages vs. a bunch of individual apps: which is best for schools? Remember to join us every Sunday night at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET for discussions about storybook apps/ebooks for kids.


Transcript for the 8/10/14 #storyappchat

Transcript for the August 10, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter party where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight’s topic was a general back-to-school discussion about technology in the classroom. Join us every Sunday night at 9 PM ET!

Transcript for the 7/20/14 #storyappchat

Here is the transcript for the July 20, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter get-together where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight we talked about “Going beyond the app. Ideas for using to get kids excited about the off-line world!” Join us every Sunday evening at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT!

Transcript for the 10/13/13 #storyappchat

Here is the transcript for the October 13 #storyappchat, where we discussed the new Kid’s category in the Apple App Store. Remember, we convene every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, so make plans to join us.

Transcript for the 8/25/13 #storyappchat: Writing Lesson Plans Featuring Your Story App

Last night we discussed the logistics of putting together a lesson plan, and why a content creator would want to do so. Here is one brief framework for authoring a lesson plan:

Grade/Class: cite the targeted grade here (i.e. Fifth Grade)

Subject Area(s): ELA, mathematics, science, etc.

Lesson Topic: title reflecting the topic

Suggested Learning Outcome(s): detail what the students will Know, Understand or be able to Do as a result of this lesson

Common Core OR State Learning Standard(s): list the specific standards this lesson is designed to address (CCSS available for perusal here)

Learner Prior Knowledge/Learner Background Experiences: these can come from the standards for the prior year

Materials and Resources Needed: specific listing of all the items needed to carry out the lesson (paper, pencils, smart board, etc.), including the name of your book or app

Suggested Teaching Strategies: these are the specifics of carrying out the lesson plan, including Anticipatory Strategies (Background Knowledge), Developmental Strategies and Concluding Strategies

Assessment: how will the students be evaluated on their understanding of the material covered in this lesson?

EC accommodations/modifications to strategies or assessments: detail any necessary considerations for exceptional children as seen in the typical classroom (ADHD, ASD, HAG, etc.)

Resources Used to Create This Lesson Plan: mention any books, videos, websites or other resources you consulted to put this lesson plan together, including a link to your app

Here are the links I shared:

A site with free lesson plan templates, and another similar one

Discovery Education’s bank of free lesson plans

Google’s monster database of free lesson plans

Free Gradebook and lesson plan software from Google

Hundreds of free lesson plans from the International Reading Association

A free web-based software package that generates lesson plans, and another one that incorporates CCSS

Some tips for writing lesson plans:

Five Secrets for Writing Great Lesson Plans How to Write a Lesson Plan

Principles from Colorado State University, including a sample lesson plan format

While the up-front work of creating a custom lesson plan may seem daunting, it’s really not a big deal and ultimately it will help sell storybook apps!

The transcript for the chat appears at Storify here. Do plan to join us for the next chat, on Sunday, September 8!


Transcript for Mickey Mantle’s #storyappchat, 08/04/13

Transcript for the August 4, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter gathering where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Guest host Mickey Mantle, founder/CEO of Wanderful interactive books, re-releasing Living Books. More info at

Find Wanderful’s titles in the iTunes App Store here with a free sampler here.

Check out Wanderful’s YouTube channel here


Transcript for the 7/28/13 #storyappchat: Story Interactivity with Andrea Phillips

Here’s the transcript for the July 28, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter gathering where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Guest host author Andrea Phillips (@andrhia) talks about Story Interaction and Transmedia. More about Andrea at

AND the first episode of Andrea’s Book of Secrets (The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart) will be 100% free for two days starting tomorrow, July 29-30, 2013! Download the Kindle edition for free!