Thursday, November 8, 2012


The resource for today is called Storybird.

What is Storybird?
Storybird is a website where you can make your own stories using images provided by other artists. You can create your own stories and then publish them for others to see. Students can use this website to read stories, make up their own, or work with a peer to develop a storybook as a group.

Is it free?
Storybird is free for all users. Each account requires a username, password, and an e-mail address. BUT if you are a teacher trying to create a class account, you can host up to 30 different people. Students will also be signed up via one e-mail account, not requiring them to have one in order to sign in. There are other options for the plans, though. This chart is below with all the information and perks:

What will Storybird bring to your classroom?
This product can prove to be beneficial in all different grades throughout the education system. From using it in the Kindergarten classroom to create a short story about a pet to using it in 8th Grade classrooms to tell a story about a fictional character to a college student creating a story for their younger siblings or cousins. This tool brings an easier way to create stories while adding a fun aspect to the activity of creating. The images also provide a great starting point for those who do not know what they would like to write about. 

How do I use Storybird?
Below, I will show you the steps of using Storybird.

Choose how you want your art to look for your story based upon your ideas OR based upon others - you can choose by art, themes, or challenges.

For my example story, I chose to use the art by Paul McDougall. Now, I have no idea who he is, but I liked his work!

Here is ALL of his work in one area. As you can see on the webpage, there's step by step directions.
Step 1. Start writing here.
Step 2. Find artwork here.
Step 3. Add or remove pages here.
Step 4. Invite others here.
Under the #4, this is also where you publish your finished story.

After you've completed your story, you then publish it. But, there's some things you can choose about the publishing. These details are:
~The summary
~Whether the Storybird is private or public
~The age range for your story

Here's the example I created for another course:
The Christmas Present by ventres on Storybird

How can I use Storybird in my classroom?
Below is a list of ways that this tool can be utilized in the classroom:

-Use for prewriting
-Create comic strips
-Work on poetry using the images
-Work on reading skills with younger students
-Use as social stories for students with disabilities
-Write a story about what you want to be in the future
-Practice writing stories in a foreign language classroom
-Presentation on oneself to allow others to 'get to know' you
-Use for writing a fairy tale or fable when studying those in units
-Create different movie trailers for books that have been read in real life
-Use for inferencing and have students look at pictures ONLY to tell a story
-Create a story using the 5 W's and How to encourage critical thinking skills
-Assign a group story for students to work on together to bounce ideas off one another
-Use as a teaser of what the days events will hold - specific subjects you're going to go over
-Create a series of stories (representing chapters) to create a novel in upper grade classrooms

Honestly, the possibilities are ENDLESS.

How would YOU use Storybird in your classroom? Answer in the comments on this post!

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