A story for me, a story for you,
Storybird is fun, through and through.
Spidey likes it and so do I,
Write a story, no need to be shy.
Over Spring Break, my 8 year old had the task of writing a short story (really a paragraph). He always struggles with generating ideas for his writing, so I got him to try a Storybird instead. By choosing some fun images, he was able to create a story to flow with it. Voila!
Of course, one of the advantages of Storybird is that the stories can be created in French, a bonus at my French Immersion School. In fact, here is a page of Storybirds en Français. These would be great for students to read for inspiration.
Erin Klein has some good tips in her blog post A Reflection on Storybird:
- write a Storybird as a class first - this is a great idea and could be done on the SmartBoard
- offer choice - Klein found that the boys more frequently gravitated to Web 2.0 applications that involved multi-media like Glogster or VoiceThread
Storybird is an excellent way to get students involved in digital storytelling and collaboration. It is accessible to young students as long as they have the ability to write.
As we head back to school after our Spring Break, this is one tool that I will be looking to implement with students soon.