ScribJab is a web site and iPad application for language learners to read and create digital stories (text, illustrations and audio recordings) in multiple languages (English, French and other non-official languages). ScribJab creates a space for children to communicate about their stories, and come to an enhanced appreciation of their own multilingual resources.
The originators of ScribJab are two Simon Fraser University professors (Kelleen Toohey and Diane Daganais) who have worked in language education for many years. With a grant from Heritage Canada, they have created the ScribJab web site and iPad application. In 2018, Diane Dagenais and her colleague Geneviève Brisson received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to begin researching home, school and library environments in which Scribjab is used. ScribJabpromotes reading and writing stories in all languages and allows children to word process their books in English and/or French and their ancestral languages. We have provided space for children to discuss their stories with one another in whatever language(s) they wish. We envision all children to benefit from contributing, as they endeavour to find means to tell their stories multilingually. We encourage children in Canadian heritage language and K-9 schools to contribute material. The site also contains suggestions for adults about fostering multilingual writing.
For other questions or concerns about ScribJab contact Diane Dagenais (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Geneviève Brisson (email@example.com).
The first books on the web site were developed by a group of Grade 4-5 children whose teacher asked them to write books for younger children that visiting grandparents might read (in their first languages) during "noisy reading" time. Children gathered the stories from their grandparents, stories about when the grandparents were children. The stories differ in length, complexity and accuracy. We see this as entirely appropriate, and children discussed the fact that some books might be appropriate for younger children and their grandparents and others suitable for older children. The children were ALL fiercely proud of their books when they were finished. Their teacher held a "book launch" and invited grandparents and parents to a party at the school to celebrate the children's work.