I tried making a children’s story on Kerpoof:http://www.kerpoof.com/#/view?s=2gs11e7Tdwo3c0hr-c-1d3b65-x
I was motivated to attempt this because my husband is currently illustrating a children’s story and I have never been a very good artist so I thought this site would allow me to step into his world. I also teach ESL students for one of my classes and am always looking for new ways for them to express themselves both in writing and visually.
I attempted to achieve a simple story with a good moral. It is not terribly complex, but I enjoyed experimenting with the different backgrounds and characters.
This site allows one to use their literacy of the written word and combine it with visual learning. It could be very engaging for students of all ages to experiment with varied levels of poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction. It is an inspired concept that allows those of us without certain gifts to express ourselves. It could engage learners who are more visually-oriented and allow them the confidence to achieve what others can with a short story or essay. It’s exciting because it has the potential to open the doors to a whole different learning style of student.
The drawbacks are the limited creativity. There are only a certain number of character, background, prop and writing style choices which could be great for younger students but may prevent older students from becoming truly engaged.