Creating engaging, interactive stories has never been this simple. Storybird is a free online service for families, friends, teachers, and students to collaborate in creating short, visual stories together that can easily be shared, embedded or printed.The fun and simple tools provided by the website make it easy for students of all ability levels to create short, visual stories in a kid-friendly environment.
To begin, simply search by artwork or theme. For example, if your student loves tigers he or she can search for tigers and all tiger artwork will appear on the screen. This provides an easy story starter for reluctant writers. Stories can be written by one person or two or more people in a round robin fashion and can be shared privately or publicly. Publishing with Storybird is “global, viral, and instantaneous” which provides extra motivation for struggling authors.
Once your student selects a topic and the artwork appears, start a Storybird by writing a few words or a sentence and easily dragging and dropping a few images from the digital desktop.This format is great for students just learning how to write sentences or fluent writers working on enhancing their writing skills.
If students are working together, the next person – sitting side-by-side or across the world, can take their turn, adding words and pictures. Collaboration continues until the story is ready to share and publish. If the story is public, users can comment on the story, share with friends, or embed on their website.
How can Storybird benefit my classroom?
The website says it best, “Storybird promotes imagination, literacy, and self-confidence. Kids who play with words and pictures early in life tend to score higher in cognitive and aptitude tests later on. They read and draw more, and are better able to understand concepts and ideas. Plus, they become comfortable with the act of creation: turning nothing into something. In an idea-based society, that’s a key advantage.”
The original purpose of Storybird was to reconnect families in storytelling, even families miles apart have the opportunity to read, write, or share stories together. In the eyes of an special education teacher, Storybird is also an amazing tool for motivating struggling authors by providing an audience for storytelling, a platform for publishing, and an interactive and exciting venue for collaboration. Teacherscan use Storybird for independent or collaborative story creation in Writer’s Workshop and as a library of kid-friendly, visual literature to use for read alouds, reader’s workshop, etc.
How can I get started?
Ready to get started? View the how-to video below or register at www.storybird.com.
Article By Amanda Kenuam