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Storybird for linguists final

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

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Storybird for linguists final

  1. 1. Storybird for Linguists MFL Show & Tell The Radclyffe School 13 November 2010
  2. 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. 3. Storybird for Everyone Fiona Joyce
  4. 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. 5. How have I used it ?
  6. 6. … or it can be more complex …
  7. 7. One of my students’ first stories
  8. 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. 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. 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. 11. How does it work ? Open a free account and this is how your home page looks
  12. 12. Start a new story by choosing art
  13. 13. .. or by choosing a theme
  14. 14. The interface
  15. 15. Class accounts
  16. 16. Set assignments
  17. 17. Set assignments
  18. 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. 19. My hack … www.mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com
  20. 20. Coming in next weeks … • gift cards • teacher fundraising codes • Challenges (new writing contest for USA residents over 18 – coming to UK later)
  21. 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. 22. Features designed but not yet programmed …
  23. 23. Tag Typing
  24. 24. Search inside storymaker
  25. 25. Add to image library
  26. 26. Where do I go again? • Storybird website: http://www.storybird.com/ • MFL Storybirds wikispace: http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com/

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