STORYBIRD: A story creater
Storybird is an online ressource to create your own story alone, grouped or in classroom. Its concept is to make a personal story with images and texts. The nice part of this online tool is that it can be used by several people at the same time.
HOW IT WORKS
Storybird has a lot of pre-made frames that people can choose while creating a story. This means that, for instance, young students can take images that they found beautiful and create a story with the image. As the website says: « Your words. Our art. Amazing stories. »
While used in classrooms, the teacher just has to log in and presents stories in front of the class as example.
Storybird can be considered a social network because every stories can be liked and followed for feedback.
IMPORTANT: Is is important to notice that people can write texts, but they can’t choose their own images. Only pre-made frames are available.
All created stories can be upload on the Internet and can be seen worldwide. Moreover, people can read it and give feedback or even creating a following of your story.
PEDAGOGICAL POINT OF VIEW
For pedagogical purpose, a great quality of this tool is that students can easily create their own stories without any challenging efforts. They can act as an author for a couple of hours and create beautiful materials.
Here is an example of an online story: Awesome Story
As you can see, this little story is really simple to create and can be seen worldwide.
Still within pedagogical point of view, it enhances the creativity of each student which is very important in an early age of life. Moreover, it enhances the interaction between students because they work together to create a personal story.
It is also a great tool to introduce students to technology because it is quite simple and it is really beautiful when the time comes to read the story.
Here are some feedback from teachers around the world:
Kerry R. Professional Children’s School New York, NY
Submitted March 18, 2013
Stephanie V. University Of Central Arkansas Conway, AR