Narrato Journal

LQ: 8.2


Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 8.0

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Narrato Journal is an app where users can document their daily lives, much like any journal or diary, by adding text, pictures, and their location to entries. Each entry can be as simple or extensive as users wish, and will automatically be organized by date and time under the app’s “Day by Day” journal. Narrato also allows users to create separate folders for different types of logs. The LifeStream function is the Narrato’s marquee feature, where users can pull Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare updates into Narrato, giving them a fuller impression of their online social lives. It’s a fairly straightforward journaling app which requires basic reading and writing skills, making it recommended for use with children ages 8 and older.

this app is good for kids who need help with:


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

What makes Narrato a good organizational tool is the user's ability to create a series of different journals. While a chronological stream of entries has long been the tried-and-true way of presenting a diary or journal, it's also beneficial to have a few different sets of journals centered around a specific theme. Users should make it a point to create themed entries, using the app's categorization features to catalog entries. Due to the nature of diaries and their sometimes free-form, train-of-thought style can make it hard to look back and find a specific entry. But with Narrato, as long as users have sorted their pieces of writing into the proper folders, then they will always be able to retrieve and re-read what they have written.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings. Improving social skills.

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as well as blogging services, have become mediums for writing and sometimes, all-too-public forums for self-expression. With Narrato, users have a proper medium to share their thoughts, but can also pull content for other social media profiles. Users have free reign to say whatever they are feeling, but should be candid with their unabashed musings, with the end goal being a further understanding why they feel the way to do, what compels them to make certain decision -- or more simply -- to document memorable events. Narrato is especially good for bolstering the self-awareness thinking skill with its ability to combine a user's social media feeds into a themed journal folder.


Aside from the obvious fact that users will be writing in the app, a spell check built into the functionality ensures users are notified when they spell a word incorrectly. Hopefully, users will add more personalized themed journals, into which they will write subject-specific entries. Users can practice writing skills that they are learning in class or simply take a more "free form" approach, mixing a variety of literary and personal styles into a single entry. It's important that students set aside some time each day for writing, and journaling via Narrato offers a fun and highly-engaging platform to do so.

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