Family Learning Festival                          Digital Families                             e-magine                   ...
Getting StartedGo to http://storybird.com/
If you haven’t already seen the intro video,  now would be a good time to click ‘Tour’       and watch it (audio required).
Log inClick on ‘Sign in’ and enter the username &   password given to you by your library
You will immediately be asked to change the      password to one you’ve chosen  Make sure you carefully note/remember     ...
You can now start using Storybird.First, you’ll see your account settings
You are currently registered as a ‘Student’ in a        ‘Class’ created by the Library                           If you en...
On the ‘You’ tab, you’ll be able to see any story              you are working on
Plus, any you’ve already done and your       favourite stories by others
On the ‘Class’ tab, you will be able to see whoelse is taking part in Digital Families e-magine     and view the stories t...
Your ‘Class’ is private and you, your details and your work can’t be seen by anyone              outside the class        ...
At the end, Lancashire Library would like to  publish the best stories on our website
Starting your story         Before you start a story,       you should go to ‘Read’ and           have a look at other    ...
Look at stories written by and for different age     groups and with different subjectsThis will help you decide what sort...
CreateTo begin a story, you must first choose the  pictures you want to use to illustrate it
There are two ways of choosing artwork                                    By                                   artist   Or...
 Important tip Once you have begun to create a story, youcannot change or add to the choice of pictures                  ...
There are hundreds of themes. Keep clicking‘Reload’ to see more. The bigger the tag the         more pictures are behind it
Or you can search ‘Art’                         to find picturesAnd start your story with the results of the              ...
Once you’ve chosen an artist or theme, click to              start a Storybird
As you are working as part of the ‘Class’, you’llbe asked if the Storybird is for an assignmentClick the arrow next to ‘Ch...
The Story Maker will now open and you’ll see the blank first page ready for your story with    the artwork you’ve chosen a...
 Important tipIf you choose an artist or theme with a lot of    pictures, you’ll see they are all piled up
 Important tipYou can move from side to side and spread                them out
When you click on a photo, it is brought to thetop of the pile and a larger copy is displayed
To start your story, choose a picture and drag it                  onto the page  You can choose top or bottom, left or ri...
When you let go, it will fill the greyed areaAnd a box and cursor will appear ready for you          to start writing your...
You can drag the picture to change the layout         Or click on it to remove it
At the bottom of the Story Maker screen you           can see the whole bookYou can add pages and also rearrange them     ...
Or you can remove a page  Storybird automatically saves periodicallyBut, it’s a good idea to click on ‘Save’ every so     ...
As you are writing your storyYou’ll see Storybird underlines in red any words you have got wrong, so you can              ...
Before you finish and close down the session,    don’t forget to fill in the story’s cover    Just click on the cover
It will automatically show the same picture as         Page 1, but you can change this                             Then ju...
If you want to see what your story looks like,click on the ‘full screen’ button at the middle at                       the...
If you want to leave your story and come back    to it later, just click on ‘Menu’ and choose                   ‘Save and ...
To continue your story, go to ‘You’ and your  ‘unpublished’ stories and click ‘Jump In’
When you are happy that you’ve finished the         story, you can publish it                           In Story Maker,   ...
You will then need to fill in some details and               click ‘Publish’
If you need to, you can still go back andchange or add to your story after its published                              Clic...
Once your story has been published, it can be seen and read by other people taking part in         ‘E-magine’ (in your ‘Cl...
Or you can share it by emailClick on ‘Send to a friend’
And Lancashire Library can publish your story              on our website
Sharing your story making In Storybird, it is also possible to havesomeone else share in the writing of the             st...
Open Story Maker and start writing yourstory. When you’re ready for someone elseto join in, click ‘Menu’ and ‘Invite someo...
You can then choose someone else who’s taking part in ‘E-magine’ (in your ‘Class’)   And send them amessage to invite them...
The person you invite will then get a messageAnd can ‘Jump in’ and take over writing a part                of the story
When they’ve done, they  can go to ‘Menu’ and‘Switch turns’ to hand thestory making back to you                       They...
 Important tip    Only two people can work on a story             together at a time   Either of you can publish the stor...
Need more help?There are Step-by-Step video tutorial available        on You Tube (audio required)         http://bit.ly/s...
Need more help?Click on ‘Help’ to find lots of advice on all           aspects of Storybird
If you need help or supportYou can contact us library.online@lancashire.gov.ukwww.lancashire.gov.uk
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E-magine ~ Digital Families: As part of the Family Learning Festival in October & November and beyond, Families from Lancashire are taking part in the Digital Families 'E-magine', an online storytelling activity. We are using Storybird to create shared stories and this is a quick guide to using the site.

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Storybird for libraries

  1. 1. Family Learning Festival Digital Families e-magine Activities using Storybirdwww.lancashire.gov.uk
  2. 2. Getting StartedGo to http://storybird.com/
  3. 3. If you haven’t already seen the intro video, now would be a good time to click ‘Tour’ and watch it (audio required).
  4. 4. Log inClick on ‘Sign in’ and enter the username & password given to you by your library
  5. 5. You will immediately be asked to change the password to one you’ve chosen Make sure you carefully note/remember the new password
  6. 6. You can now start using Storybird.First, you’ll see your account settings
  7. 7. You are currently registered as a ‘Student’ in a ‘Class’ created by the Library If you enjoy using Storybird for the library’s e-magine session, you can always go to ‘create a personal account’ afterwards, but just leave this for now. But, please do have a go at uploading a small picture (avatar) to identify you/your family.
  8. 8. On the ‘You’ tab, you’ll be able to see any story you are working on
  9. 9. Plus, any you’ve already done and your favourite stories by others
  10. 10. On the ‘Class’ tab, you will be able to see whoelse is taking part in Digital Families e-magine and view the stories they’ve created.
  11. 11. Your ‘Class’ is private and you, your details and your work can’t be seen by anyone outside the class And no-one except you can see your stories until you decide to ‘publish’ them
  12. 12. At the end, Lancashire Library would like to publish the best stories on our website
  13. 13. Starting your story Before you start a story, you should go to ‘Read’ and have a look at other people’s stories Ones you like you can ‘heart’ and add to your Reading List
  14. 14. Look at stories written by and for different age groups and with different subjectsThis will help you decide what sort of story you want to write
  15. 15. CreateTo begin a story, you must first choose the pictures you want to use to illustrate it
  16. 16. There are two ways of choosing artwork By artist OrPictorial theme
  17. 17.  Important tip Once you have begun to create a story, youcannot change or add to the choice of pictures So make sure there are enough by your chosen artist/theme before you start
  18. 18. There are hundreds of themes. Keep clicking‘Reload’ to see more. The bigger the tag the more pictures are behind it
  19. 19. Or you can search ‘Art’ to find picturesAnd start your story with the results of the search
  20. 20. Once you’ve chosen an artist or theme, click to start a Storybird
  21. 21. As you are working as part of the ‘Class’, you’llbe asked if the Storybird is for an assignmentClick the arrow next to ‘Choose one’, then click on the assignment name and then ‘Jump in!’ below it
  22. 22. The Story Maker will now open and you’ll see the blank first page ready for your story with the artwork you’ve chosen at the side
  23. 23.  Important tipIf you choose an artist or theme with a lot of pictures, you’ll see they are all piled up
  24. 24.  Important tipYou can move from side to side and spread them out
  25. 25. When you click on a photo, it is brought to thetop of the pile and a larger copy is displayed
  26. 26. To start your story, choose a picture and drag it onto the page You can choose top or bottom, left or right
  27. 27. When you let go, it will fill the greyed areaAnd a box and cursor will appear ready for you to start writing your story
  28. 28. You can drag the picture to change the layout Or click on it to remove it
  29. 29. At the bottom of the Story Maker screen you can see the whole bookYou can add pages and also rearrange them by dragging
  30. 30. Or you can remove a page Storybird automatically saves periodicallyBut, it’s a good idea to click on ‘Save’ every so often, just for safety
  31. 31. As you are writing your storyYou’ll see Storybird underlines in red any words you have got wrong, so you can change them
  32. 32. Before you finish and close down the session, don’t forget to fill in the story’s cover Just click on the cover
  33. 33. It will automatically show the same picture as Page 1, but you can change this Then just type in your title
  34. 34. If you want to see what your story looks like,click on the ‘full screen’ button at the middle at the top Just press the ‘escape’ key to go back to normal
  35. 35. If you want to leave your story and come back to it later, just click on ‘Menu’ and choose ‘Save and Close’
  36. 36. To continue your story, go to ‘You’ and your ‘unpublished’ stories and click ‘Jump In’
  37. 37. When you are happy that you’ve finished the story, you can publish it In Story Maker, choose ‘Menu’ and ‘Publish this Storybird’ You can change the cover or title now, if you want to
  38. 38. You will then need to fill in some details and click ‘Publish’
  39. 39. If you need to, you can still go back andchange or add to your story after its published Click on the published story you want to change And choose ‘Edit story’ at the bottom
  40. 40. Once your story has been published, it can be seen and read by other people taking part in ‘E-magine’ (in your ‘Class’)
  41. 41. Or you can share it by emailClick on ‘Send to a friend’
  42. 42. And Lancashire Library can publish your story on our website
  43. 43. Sharing your story making In Storybird, it is also possible to havesomeone else share in the writing of the story with you.
  44. 44. Open Story Maker and start writing yourstory. When you’re ready for someone elseto join in, click ‘Menu’ and ‘Invite someone’
  45. 45. You can then choose someone else who’s taking part in ‘E-magine’ (in your ‘Class’) And send them amessage to invite themto share in writing your story
  46. 46. The person you invite will then get a messageAnd can ‘Jump in’ and take over writing a part of the story
  47. 47. When they’ve done, they can go to ‘Menu’ and‘Switch turns’ to hand thestory making back to you They send you a message back and you can take up the turn
  48. 48.  Important tip Only two people can work on a story together at a time Either of you can publish the story, but make sure you don’t publish until you’ve absolutely finished, because you won’t be able to share the writing after publishing
  49. 49. Need more help?There are Step-by-Step video tutorial available on You Tube (audio required) http://bit.ly/storybirdvideo
  50. 50. Need more help?Click on ‘Help’ to find lots of advice on all aspects of Storybird
  51. 51. If you need help or supportYou can contact us library.online@lancashire.gov.ukwww.lancashire.gov.uk
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