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Everybody can write a story!

Kidory is a web tool developed with a pedagogical perspective to help children improve their communication, collaboration, creativity, empathy, digital literacy and language skills. The web tool has various story templates. These templates address different themes from space to the global issues. Children use the images in these templates to imagine a specific story to write.

Overview

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Web presence

2021

Established

10.3K

Children

4

Countries
Target group
Students basic
Updated
May 2023
We want to ensure that educational technologies are integrated into educational environments by associating them with sustainable development goals, cultural heritage, preventive mental health services, and SEL skills.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Our target is to provide children with the Social Emotional Learning(SEL) based web tool to create and write their own stories. By our thematically designed templates, we wanted to offer them to flourish their creativity together with their peers, parents and friends. In addition to the templates, we prepared learning scenarios and question sets for teachers to support SEL skills.

How does your innovation work in practice?

The main purpose of the study is to promote children's creative writing skills. Creative writing studies can be done individually or in teams by using the themes we designed within this framework.
Our current story templates include;
23rd April Children Fest,
Space and Environment,
Friendship,
Ankara View themes,
Zero waste,
Ocean ecosystem,
Climate change.
Students, individually or as a team, interpret the visuals on the templates and carry out creative writing activities. You can easily use this web tool in the classroom or home environment, teacher or family guided to promote pupils 21st-century skills, especially creativity and collaboration.
“Kidory” also organizes tutorials for teachers on how to use the web page. Lesson plan examples are presented to teachers in these trainings. In projects carried out for children, it is possible to convert the project outputs into templates on the “Kidory” web page. Thus, it contributes to the sustainability of the projects.

How has it been spreading?

Recently we have contributed to important projects namely "My Dream, My Story", “23 April Children Fest” and “Art Workshops with the Ankara View”. Specific story templates were designed for the sustainability of the projects.
We expand our network by providing teacher training webinars together with NGOs. We organize online workshops in education sector in frame of K12, and also of the universities especially with faculties of education. We also provide mentoring to teachers for their projects like e-twinning and creative writing lessons etc.
We are currently working with volunteer psychologists on an "emotion"-focused template that will provide psychosocial support for children affected by the earthquake.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

The web tool has multilingual structure* of the creative writing tool templates, offering good practices for users. For cooperation please visit our website:" www.kidory.com ". By using Google translator you can easily access to the story templates and start writing your stories, which are saved to your own library and downloadable as PDF.
*English and Arabic language options provided soon.

Media

17 digital story templates based on the axis of social-emotional skills will be developed as part of this study, which aims to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals first into classrooms and then into the lives of children and parents. These templates will be incorporated into the curriculum for the 2023–2024 academic year along with the teacher training conducted by Kidory.
Kidory
Kidory, the new name of Sendeyaz, is here. Now it's time to reach the children of the world.
Little Writers Big Stories Project
With our "Little Writers Big Stories" project supported by the European Union Sivil Düşün Program, we reached 1000 children studying in rural areas and completed our project. There are now 1000 new junior writers. 
Blue Planet
How can you talk about the kids about the real problems of the world like climate change and pollution and teach them sustainability. We think the best way is collaborative storytelling and writing. With this template we aim at helping children to understand the human factor and responsibility for the future of our Blue Planet in the frame of socio-emotional learning.
The April 23 Festival
This template points out the activities carried out within the scope of 23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Turkey during the Covid-19. The April 23 Festival, accepted as a first children's festival in the world, has been celebrated for years. Determining the activities carried out within the scope of the festival is important in terms of evaluating the kids’ enthusiasm in 3H; hope, happiness and hospitality.  
Ankara View
This template was prepared in cooperation with the Sen De Yaz team within the scope of the "Art Workshops with The Ankara View Project" financed by Netherlands Embassy in order for project sustainability. This template is suitable for the activities of students' cognitive, sensory and psycho-motor movement areas. These events are designed based on the Ankara Landscape table registered in the Netherlands Amsterdam Rijksmuseum inventory. In this framework, it is aimed that students can design fictional characters and stories together based on the space or objects in the table.
Friendship for Everyone
This template, suggested especially for the kids ages between 04-06 years old we point out emotions, through the facial expressions of the characters during our workshops. Friendship, empathy and helping each other are among the other topics we focus on. In primary levels story construction like place, time and plot together with interpretation and writing skills can be emphasized.

Implementation steps

Registration
Sign up to the system at www.kidory.com. Membership is free.
Loging in to the system
Log in to the system by using your membership information and press the "Start Writing" button.
Writing Stories
When you press the "Start Writing" button, you will reach the story templates menu. You can start writing by selecting the story template you want. On the left, you'll see galleries of characters that you can drag and drop to the pages. You can add a title to your story and there's space for dedication on the first page. The system saves your story automatically to your digital library.
Downloading and Making Changes
After you finish writing your story you can download it by pressing the "Download" button in PDF format for free. If you want to make changes to your story, you can find it in your digital library and make unlimited changes.
If you are a teacher;
There is a teacher's guide for teachers in Kidory. In this teacher's guide, you can support the development of students' SEL skills by asking SEL related questions paired with the pictures in the story templates in your lessons and creating discussion environments.

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