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Since we are so lucky here at Quest Academy…. you all have a Computer Center! 

One of my favorite online tools that I used during centers last year was StoryBird!  Your kids will absolutely LOVE it!

Why I like Storybird:

  • It is free
  • It is easy to use
  • Teacher accounts can be created which means students do not need email addresses to sign up
  • Children under 13 can have their own account (unlike many web 2.0 tools)
  • Student work can be kept private and Storybird takes privacy seriously
  • Storybirds can be commented on
  • Completed Storybirds can be embedded on blogs or websites
  • It is suitable for a wide range of ages (especially primary school/junior secondary)
  • It fosters student creativity and collaboration
  • It is an authentic way for students to practise their writing skills.

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How to use Storybird:

There is so much you can do on Storybird. This is just a short overview. 1. Sign up: Go to storybird.com and click on sign up. Choose teacher/class account. When you have entered your details you will be sent a confirmation email. 2. Create your own Storybird: Click on create at the top of your page and then choose some art to inspire your story. Click on Start a Storybird when you find the art you want to base your story around. 3. Making a Storybird: To create a Storybird, you simply drag across pictures and start typing in the space provided. Click on Add a Page to insert additional pages to your story. 4. Publishing a Storybird: When you are finished, you can click on the drop down menu at the top right hand corner of your page. Click on Invite someone if you want to email a collaborator to keep working on your story. Click on Publish this Storybird if your story is complete. You will be prompted to create a summary of your story and asked to choose your privacy settings. 5. Set up your class: If you go back to your Storybird homepage, you will see classes up the top. Click on this and simply enter your class name and student names to create individual student accounts. Each student will be given a unique username and password which they can use to log in to the Storybird website. When students first log in, they are prompted to change their password. When students make a Storybird, you will be able to access them via the classes section of the website. 6. Set an assignment: Teachers can ask their students to complete a particular Storybird assignment (eg. write a story about the ocean). On the classes main page you will see the Add an assignment button. You will be prompted to enter an assignment title, description and due date. You can also add a photo or Storybird that you have created as a prompt.

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Using Storybird:

Storybirds are fabulous alternatives to traditional pencil and paper story writing. Students can benefit enormously by having an authentic audience, diverse feedback and visual prompts. Storybirds don’t have to be narratives; this tool could be used to explore a wide range of writing genres.  NOTE:  THEY COULD WRITE INFORMATIONAL Stories using this program after they have done Research on a particular topic!  What a fun way to show of your students learning!  You could have them do research in your small group center with them using all the fabulous new texts we have on their level!!!! Storybird is so simple to use and it is suitable for even very young students. Here is an example:  (I wish that I had learned about this sooner, so that I could have published my last years class on my blog…they used it during centers- I didn’t realize what a powerful tool this was!   I really would LOVE to see some StoryBirds posted on your blogs!  It would make me so proud– I know your students and their parents would be excited too!

One Response to StoryBird

  • Katie says:

    I LOVE this!! I know you created this post so long ago, but now that I’ve done the research I can not wait to use it next year! Thanks!

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