Top Reasons to Use Storybird:• Encourages reluctant readers to read and write• Opportunities for students to collaborate and share ideas while they create their own story• Students are easily able to navigate program to create storybook• Great images and artwork for students that help inspire a story• Student Work can be easily accessed to grade and review.• The created project can be easily shared and downloaded so others can provide feedback or edit• Embed anywhere i.e. class blogs, websites, email for others to see
Top Reasons School Leaders Should allow access to Storybird• Project based learning tool allows students to be more engaged in their learning• Storybird promotes imagination, literacy, and self-confidence with students.• Students have more of an opportunity to create and understand concepts and ideas• Increases and promotes literacy in school• Encourages use of technology and 21st century skills in classrooms• Facilitates collaboration and communication among students• Interactive reading and writing for students make it more interesting• Helpful for those who may struggle with reading or having other learning disabilities.• Helps teachers and administrators meet standards
Common Core – Standards Met Example: Grade 1 Language Arts• CC.1.W.2 - Write informative/explanatory text in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.• CC.1.W.5 - With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peer, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.• CC.1.W.6 - With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.• CC.1.W.7 - Participate in shared research and writing projects• CC.1.SL.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.• CC.1.L.1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.• CC.1.L.2 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
NETS for Students – Standards Met• Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.• Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
Here is a sample of one teacher’s storybird about how it can be used as a teaching tool.This story is by user BesSpence. http://storybird.com/books/storybird-in-the-classroom/
Storybird A great tool for your classroom• Avenue to meet standards• Creative and collaborative• Use for any topic• Can be public or private and shared within your class• Can set up class accounts – 30 without emails• Embed in web page easily• Motivates and Engages Students
Resources / Articles• Blogs/Websites: – Caffeinated Teaching provides writing ideas for Storybird – Edutopia encourages teachers to incorporate Storybird – iLearn Technology introduces the basic concepts for the classroom – Educational Technology for School Leaders shares reasons to use Storybird for teachers and leaders
Storybird TutorialsHere is the official Storybird Tutorial• http://storybird.com/tour/Here are a few teacher tutorials• https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=T00YjRBIcIw&feature=related• https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=79f1DLtMt-w&feature=related