Steller

LQ: 8.7

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Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 9.0

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Steller is a storytelling app that combines elements of social media, scrapbooking, and blogging. The app itself is its own social media platform, allowing users to explore other highlighted and popular stories before publishing their own. The idea behind Steller is simple: users create a story using text, picture, and video document. Each page is designed to focus on one of these three forms, and users are encouraged to edit the pictures videos and experiment with the many different template layout options. Essentially, Steller offers an artful way to tell a story. With HD images, tasteful footage, interesting layouts, and tasteful text entries, Steller engaging users with its unique aesthetic and keeps them interested with a wealth of content to create and peruse. Because it is a social media platform, parents are reminded to keep track of their children’s online activity. Therefore, we recommend Steller to children who are ages 10 and older.


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Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

download (7)For users who want to create an engaging Steller story, a good mix of text, videos, and photos are important. It's often the case with linear slide show apps like PowerPoint, that the form stays consistent. And consistency is not what engages readers. It might be a good idea to alternate pages between text and photos, keeping readers on their toes. For good reason, interesting books are called page turners, and users want their Steller stories to be page turners. If users can transform their story from a idea to a Steller post, they will be using adaptive thinking strategies specific to the flexibility thinking skill. Additionally, users who experiment with the formatting and page layout are bound to create stories that are much more appealing then users who stick to a single template.

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Just one look at Steller's home screen and it's clear its an organized app. Users should explore other contributions to the site before starting their own projects. Steller makes it easy to find subject specific content, as categories like "places," "food and drink," "creative," and "style" to name just a few, make it easy to find interesting stories. Users can sort their own stories to make them more searchable by including a hashtag. However, just because Steller is inherently organizational does not necessarily mean it helps users practice their skill. Users have to think about the way they want to tell their story. What is it they would like to see? What grabbed them while they were browsing? Organize the story in a way that stays interesting throughout. Experiment with images, videos, fonts, and layouts -- just be sure that the story does not become hard to follow with so much variation. A good Steller story has a good mix of medium, but is still easy to follow.

Reading

Users should always take the time to actively peruse the "explore" section of the app. Here, Steller displays superb submissions for users, much like the explore page on Instagram or Pinterest. Users can find a story on nearly anything they'd like -- all they have to do is search the right hashtag. Steller offers a private library of short, image driven, well-executed stories. Users can broaden their vocabulary and reading comprehension by reading stories on a variety of topics. Most of the stories available do not feature too much text, so getting through a story should be a a fairly easy endeavor. Still the learning potential is very high.

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