Signed Stories

Designed for the deaf, and useful for learners of American or British Sign Language, this tool models the signs for selected words. Entire books can be read aloud by a narrator, with options for displaying subtitles or an onscreen interpreter. 

Pre-K - 5th English Language Arts 30 Views 13 Downloads
App Overview


  • Signed Stories comes with one free downloadable story book
  • Other books available as in-app purchases
  • When you purchase additional books, new vocabulary videos are added to the dictionary and the My Signs dictionary on the bookshelf
  • Options to turn Sign language and Subtitles features on or off during video playback
  • Choose from American Sign Language or British Sign Language

Each book contains two games: What's the Sign? shows a video of someone signing the word and the player must identify it from a choice of three words at the bottom of the screen. In Pairs, the player matches cards with vocabulary terms from the story. When a pair is successfully uncovered, a video demonstrates how to sign that particular word.

Using Signed Stories:

  • The home screen is a bookshelf of the books that you have purchased
  • A red navigation bar along the left side of the home screen sports icons of a book, a shopping cart, the letters A-Z, a circle with an "i" in it, and a gear. A tap of the arrow at the bottom of the bar expands it into a selection panel that identifies each icon
  • There is a blue navigation bar across the top of the screen. From here you can open the Find a book feature to search your library by genre, color code, title, or date added.
  • Mark favorites from the blue navigation bar
  • A Design tab at the upper right corner allows you to choose bookshelf color, background, and characters sitting on shelves
  • Download the free story from the Signed Stories store, but note that 3G or Wi-Fi connection required
  • Books in the Signed Stories store are subtly marked with a color name based on level of vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Downloaded books can be saved into Saved Books feature to free-up space on your tablet by tapping on the information button (green button with a letter i) and choosing Save for Later
  • Option for older children and adults to share the story and game via social media


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Curator Rating
  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money

    The free book is delightful and worthwhile even if you do not decide to purchase other books

  • Fun factor
  • Scaffolding of learning

    Although no tutorials are provided, it is pretty easy to navigate

  • User safety
  • Control and feedback

    There are options to turn sign language and subtitles on or off and to select either American or British Sign Language

  • How techie do I need to be?
Instructional Ideas

Have tablets available with this application so that deaf learners can read along with the subtitles on. 

This would also be a valuable tool for aspiring interpreters to view on their own time for skills practice and vocabulary development.

Classroom Considerations

The setting for Sign language can be turned on once you open a book or through the home screen Settings feature. The Subtitles can only be selected once a book is open.

  • High-quality videos
  • Only one free book, any others must be purchased