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My presentation about Storybird for the MFL Show and Tell on 13th November 2010 in Oldham.

My presentation about Storybird for the MFL Show and Tell on 13th November 2010 in Oldham.

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  • 1. Storybird for Linguists MFL Show & Tell The Radclyffe School 13 November 2010
  • 2. About me • MFL teacher at Ian Ramsey School in Stockton • Love creativity and anything that helps promote it • Don’t work for Storybird • @wizenedcrone on Twitter • Have a Storybird wikispace: http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com/
  • 3. Storybird for Everyone Fiona Joyce
  • 4. For teachers and learners • Teachers can write stories to teach new material or present topics and themes in an alternative way • Pupils can write stories to explore ideas, practise skills, present reports, write creatively or use new language
  • 5. How have I used it ?
  • 6. … or it can be more complex …
  • 7. One of my students’ first stories
  • 8. Why use stories in the classroom? • Good model of sustained language. Pupils have to listen and concentrate. • Offers opportunities to listen, imagine, predict, comment, participate, express opinions, access longer texts without necessarily having to understand every word. • Involve younger children in the story from the start with actions and gestures With thanks to Clare Seccombe http://changing-phase.blogspot.com/
  • 9. • Make a model of one of the characters • Write a description of one of the characters • Pupils write their own stories inspired by the original • Match words and pictures from the story • Listen and draw • Sequencing • Drama • Mini books Follow-up activities With thanks to Clare Seccombe http://changing-phase.blogspot.com/
  • 10. Who could use Storybird? • In Primary there are many opportunities from Reception to KS2 • At Secondary level, several subject areas: – English and drama – History – Science – RE – PHSE – Modern Languages – … and your area?
  • 11. How does it work ? Open a free account and this is how your home page looks
  • 12. Start a new story by choosing art
  • 13. .. or by choosing a theme
  • 14. The interface
  • 15. Class accounts
  • 16. Set assignments
  • 17. Set assignments
  • 18. Features for teachers • Student management with no email addresses to log in • Embeddable (if written in English) • Discussions • Class libraries • Moderated comments • Spell check...
  • 19. My hack … www.mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com
  • 20. Coming in next weeks … • gift cards • teacher fundraising codes • Challenges (new writing contest for USA residents over 18 – coming to UK later)
  • 21. Developments for early 2011 • voice recording (I am sooo excited about this!) • iPad v1 (Read) • Personal uploads • Sharable reading lists • new profile pages • new Read page • updated Create page
  • 22. Features designed but not yet programmed …
  • 23. Tag Typing
  • 24. Search inside storymaker
  • 25. Add to image library
  • 26. Where do I go again? • Storybird website: http://www.storybird.com/ • MFL Storybirds wikispace: http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com/