Storia is a valuable tool which can be used in teaching and for developing student independent online reading skills. Storia for 4th and 5th grade students is a great resource to use as a follow up to BookFlix, also offered by INFOhio for students in grades PreK-3 in Ohio. Like BookFlix, Storia will help students read, comprehend, and analyze digital text, creating learners who will are digital and media literate. Storia’s note-taking and highlighting are two features that will help students progress in close and pleasure reading purposefully. Other features, such as read-aloud for some titles, interactive games and videos, and comprehension quizzes, also add to the reader’s successful learning experience on the platform. Educators can monitor how many pages students have read, read the notes, and check quiz scores with Storia’s educators’ reports. Storia supports best practices for digital reading with its interactive features and educator tools. Here are a few other best practices for using Storia in the 4th and 5th grade classroom.
Best Practices: Using Storia in Instruction
The instructional techniques used below are effective strategies from John Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. You can learn more about them in this Edutopia blog post by Rebecca Abler.
Establish purpose, identify learning goals, present criteria, model processes
Model for students how to use the note-taking feature and highlighting tool in Storia when finding and discussing vocabulary. Read one of the books together as a class, projecting the book on a screen if possible. Ask students to identify unknown words and model the dictionary tool. Highlight words as students identify them, and then create a note to record what the student believes the right answer to be. Model the process several times, and ask students to identify at least 5-7 more words to highlight and create a note for.
Facilitate whole group discussion, encourage class interaction, assess understanding
Use a conversational approach with students to talk about a book and the concept or skill being taught. Read one of the books together as a class, projecting the book on a screen if possible. Ask students to think about the person, place or thing featured prominently in the text. Direct student discussion to match levels of inquiry—questioning, locating, evaluating, applying, sharing, reflecting. Request that the students support their thoughts with text. Highlight text and create notes reflecting the students’ thoughts.
Frequently and routinely assess for understanding of skills,concepts, content
Use the in-text activities as well as the final assessment for the book to help monitor student understanding. Using a projector to display the text, integrate frequent formative assessments within daily instruction. Use tech-free options such as a thumbs-up for yes, and a thumbs-down for no. Students can take the assessments on their own device if possible. There are many fun and engaging formative tools online where assessments can be created as well. You can also view the evaluation reports in Storia after you are finished with the lesson.
Provide individual and whole group feedback on growth and areas of student need, encourage student feedback of teacher
Set a reasonable goal for the lesson, and give recognition when students achieve that goal. Ask students to locate information in the text to support a claim you provide. Read the projected book aloud, and ask students to create notes or highlight the text using their own devices. Monitor the activity, and ask students to show their work on the screen version. Provide feedback orally and written after the lesson is over,
Allow students to plan, organize and reflect on learning
Encourage students to think about their learning and be responsible for it. Project a book for the class to read together, and identify a concept such as figurative language for a focus. Ask students to create a rubric or checklist that will help them identify examples in the text. As they read, students can use the tool, and when finished can be asked to evaluate their rubric and write steps to make it better for the next time.
Setting Up Your Account
With new rostering and co-teacher features as well as LMS and Google Classroom integration, setting up your Storia account is easier than ever before! Every school with 4th/5th grade classrooms in Ohio has an access code. Educators can request that code and create an account. Teachers who have previously used Storia do not need to set up a new account.
Here are several new features that make using Storia easy for teachers:
LMS and Google Classroom Alignment - Now Google Schools can sign into Storia's Scholastic Digital Manager using their Google account and import their students from their Google Classroom. Save a step in class creation and add more time to instruction using these new integration features. Storia can also be launched directly from your school's LMS - Canvas, Schoology, and more - and sync data with one click.
New Calendar Options - Now teachers can access data from multiple school years at the same time. The new multi-year calendar allows teachers to keep data from the previous year and roster new students at the same time. INFOhio Storia users will have access to their previous year's data until September 3, 2019. Teachers should download their data before this date. Fourth grade teachers can share student data with fifth grade teachers once they have donwloaded it. During this time, teachers can roster new students for the 19-20 school year as well.
Roster Updates - Improvements to Scholastic Digital Manager has made rostering students easier than ever. You can still use a .csv to upload students. In addition, teachers can also search for students who are already in SDM to add to their classes. For example, fourth grade teams can share students - who will only have one Storia account and user name and password - in multiple subject areas. You can also add co-teachers from your building to your class. Fifth grade teachers can use a .csv to search for students who were rostered as 4th graders in the building. Providing students access to over 350 eBooks has never been easier!
You can find a complete list of updates to Storia: Ohio's 4th and 5th Grade eBook collection with videos here.