Review by Laura Hiestand
This application brings the book of Flat Stanley to the digital world. Teachers have used Flat Stanley for years to teach children about travel and to discover different cultures around the world. Teachers would have students create their own Flat Stanley using paper and pencil and then mail their Flat Stanley off to different places for people to take pictures with him in different locations. This application makes it so much easier and saves you on postage!
When students first get into the application, they will be able to create their own Flat Stanley (or Flat Stella for all the girls out there). They will be able to give it a different name as well as change their hair, hair color, outfit, facial expression, to make it suited for them. After you create what your Flat Stanley looks like you can fill in information about him/her.
When you have you Flat Stanley created you are ready to go out and take pictures. You can add Flat Stanley into whatever picture you want to take. After you take a picture you can share it through email, Twitter, Facebook, or flatter world (flatter world is Flat Stanley’s world). With the sharing feature you can find other peoples pictures from around the world where they visited with Flat Stanley. You also have the option to see other Flat Stanley’s that are around the area with the map feature.
You can incorporate so many different lessons using the Flat Stanley app. Teachers can have their students take different pictures with their Flat Stanley and then create a story using another app. They can also have students create a story using others’ pictures. The possibilities are endless. This application is a very easy app to use where I believe kids young and old can learn to use and enjoy!