do you want to choose the path in ICT?

And my choice goes to MYTHS and LEGENDS!

Assalamualaikum and hello to all!

Firstly, I hope it is not too late for me to would to wish Happy Chinese New Year and happy holidays to all my friends, I hope you have enjoyed the celebrations and the break and now it is time for us to get back to work. LOL!

And back to our business now, yes my choice goes to MYTHS and LEGENDS! First, I would talk about what MYTHS and LEGENDS is. Basically, MYTHS and LEGENDS is a tool for the users to create or re-create stories on their own. This tool is almost alike GO Animate which we had been exposed during our PKEY time yet I do feel that MYTHS and LEGENDS provides variety ways when producing a story.

Okay, how to go to MYTHS and LEGENDS?  Go to here to have your own experience http://myths.e2bn.org/ Once you go the website, you might find it looks like a little bit spooky [you may not feel it, but watch out for your little kids ya! LOL ]

The functions of the tool?

This tool provides a list of stories that you can browse to and you can exploit it as your material to be used in the classroom. In the list given, there are some information stated there such as the titles, the origins or the locations of the stories, the dates and also language used in the stories. I believe that this function of the tool is very attractive as the story is equipped with animated pictures [in simple explanation, the pictures are moving!], texts and sounds as well. So the users have choices whether they want to read the story quietly or they can have the sound as well.

The list of the stories

One of the stories 'Matilda's bracelet'

Just wait and you can see the animation in the picture!

Plus, this tool allows you to create your own story. It is so simple! Just register yourself and then you just follow some simple steps provided in order to create your story. Check the pictures below and now I will let the pictures to do the talking 🙂

Register yourself and then login!

Create your own story...START!

Storyboard. Look at the right side. Everything that you need for your story is there!

Example of my first try out! Very simple one 🙂

The limitations of the tool?

This tool can be used if you have internet connection and it is better if you have strong one so that you can do your project with ease. If you do not have internet connection so you cannot use this tool and I do not think that this tool can be downloaded. More, the limitations of the stories provided as most of the stories are from the western countries and it is a loss as there are a lot of interesting myths and legends from Asian regions as well.

When can this tool be used?

This tool can be used anytime and especially whenever you have internet connection. Possibly, if you want the kids to show their creativity in producing stories, this tool is the best to be utilized in the classroom.

The user friendliness of the tool?

This tool is very simple and it is easy to be used. Just register yourself and then you just follow some simple steps provided in order to create your story. There are some unique features in this tool like you can drop comments or messages to others’ projects and the easy-ness to print out your work.

You can drop your messages or comments here!

You can print your work anytime!

The tool is suitable for which standard?

This tool can be used successfully especially to the kids who can read and understand English language well. As long as they know how to read and of course some assistance from the teachers, surely any kids can use this tool. But if for Malaysian context, this tool is suitable possibly starting from Year 4 kids which 10 years old. This tool really can help to enhance kids’ imagination and creativity as they can produce their own story just the way they like it.

Before I end, I feel that MYTHS and LEGENDS is a great tool to be used especially if you are asked to make your own story and also if you are not allowed to take any ready-made materials either from YouTube or so on. So let’s try and error with this tool and I hope you would like it. Thanks for your reading! 🙂

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9 responses

  1. wow Idzy..great review!Upon reading your post about your choice of tool, I like the part where you include the easy-ness of printing our project..I feel that this tool allows teachers to easily use the project created for the pupils even if there is no internet connection! GOOD INFO ON THE TOOL! 🙂

    February 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

    • Haha! Thank you..thank you! Yup, this tool allows the users to print their project easily. You have the choices either you want to print selected frames/ chapter or the whole project. Hope you would try MYTHS and LEGENDS one day and enjoy using it! 🙂

      February 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  2. Interesting tool. It’s equipped with animation and sound effects too. This tool will definitely help to enhance the children creativity. But not just the children, teachers too!!. We can use it as our teaching aids to teach story to the kids. Great job Idzy 🙂

    February 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • Thanks Hozy! Yup…It is an interesting tool. Perhaps you can try this tool one day and then implement it in your lesson in the future! 🙂

      February 22, 2011 at 12:03 am

  3. Idzy, we did the same review. Yes, I agree that the tool allows and provides lots of benefits to the users as you have mentioned!I have a question though? Do you think the theme of the tool will limit and make the tool less diversify? haha…sorry just want to know your opinion on this…

    February 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    • Hi Caryn! Whoah…I got a gang who did on MYTHS and LEGENDS! Regarding your question, I do not think that the theme of the tool will limit and make the tool less diversify as I realize that there is actually a way to solve it. We actually can upload our own photos, media or sound just the way that we want to include in the story. Perhaps, if to apply this tool in the classroom, you can ask the kids to find their own materials first before doing the task that you expect them to do. If the kids do not have the facility at home, you can allocate some time of your lesson to let the kids to find their materials based on the theme that you want them to do. 🙂

      February 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  4. Hey Idzy, i like how you were unbiased when you did a review on this ICT software.. good job! =)

    So you mentioned that myths and legends are slightly programmed towards western stories.. do you think we could work around that certain ‘weakness’ of this software?

    February 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

    • Hi Jong! Thanks for dropping your comments! I just made the review without comparing with other tools because each tool has their own drawbacks and strengths 🙂
      Back to your question, I feel that we could fix on the weakness as I have mentioned above where we can create our own story and then we can upload it. Meaning to say, we can come out with ‘eastern’ story by using this tool and then upload it for the other users to view and read it. 🙂

      February 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  5. hi idzy…wow…neway thanks for making me understand the tool even more better…just would like to ask ya help in clearing up my doubts…among all the tools that were suggested by Ms. NG, there are some tools that you can use without the school having connection…so, is this tool falls under this category? cn we use this if the school does not have ICT facilities?Thnk u gal…tc

    March 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

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