iPads in the Classroom

Storybird, Wordle, and VoiceThread

Storybird

Developing young authors with Storybird. Storybird is a visual storytelling community. A global hub of readers, writers, and artists of all ages. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories, presentations, reports, or tutorials you and your students make to share, read, and print. Storybird is a fun, collaborative website that can be integrated in all content areas. It can be an effective resource for teaching parts of a story, the writing process, promoting creativity, and more. STEM and social studies teachers can use Storybird for engaging alternatives to traditional lessons, reports and presentations. Storybird also seamlessly keeps a portfolio of each student's work.

Take a Guided Tour of Storybird

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Storybird: Encourage Creativity, Promote Writing, & Add Excitement to Reports, Presentations, & Tutorials

Storyboard Tutorial

Super Storytelling with StoryBird

Storybird Quick FAQs (by Clif Mims)


  1. Storybird is FREE!
  2. It requires minimal teacher preparation time.
  3. Educators should sign up for the Teacher accounts.
    • Teacher accounts allow you to setup classes and administer student accounts.
    • Alleviates the necessity for student email accounts.
    • Makes it possible for children under 13 to legally have accounts.
    • Storybird has safeguards for child online safety built into it. Teacher accounts also help you with this.
    • Student work can be made public or private.
    • Teachers can setup assignments with directions and deadlines that students will see.
    • Teachers can specify that students use a particular art gallery for an assignment.
  4. Storybird guides you through the process of creating each story.
  5. At this time, you can only use the images within one art gallery.
  6. The use of the artwork can prompt reluctant writers and encourage deep reflection and higher-order thinking.
  7. Students can benefit from writing for an audience.
  8. Finished stories can be:
    • Viewed online by classmates, friends, and family.
    • Embedded into websites, blogs, wikis, Glogs, etc.
    • Downloaded and saved as PDF files.
    • Printed from your computer.
    • Purchased as softcover and hardcover books.
  9. Teachers can use Storybird:
    • To introduce themselves or the class rules on the first day of school and at parent night.
    • To create lessons and tutorials about any topic.
    • As an easy strategy for keeping a portfolio of student writing.
    • To promote the writing process.
    • To help students better understand the parts of a story.
    • To encourage higher-order thinking skills (HOTS).
    • To promote creativity.
    • To collaborate with students, colleagues, and other classrooms.
    • For much more...
  10. Students can use Storybird:
    • To write an About Me story the first week of school.
    • As an alternative strategy for submitting research reports, book reports, and essays.
    • For journal reflections.
    • To create gifts for loved ones.
    • To collaborate with others inside and outside of the classroom.
    • For much more...
  11. A few curriculum connections
    • Promote early writing -- even with student created wordless picture books.
    • Sequencing
    • Main idea
    • Elements of a story
    • Propaganda techniques
    • Practice with a variety of writing genres (persuasive writing, mysteries, poetry, etc.)

Teacher Membership Plans

  • up to 75 free student accounts
  • 3 free classes
  • unlimited storybirds

Choose Your Plan: http://storybird.com/teachers/memberships/

Grading an Assignment

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Teaching with Wordle

VoiceThread

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Intro to Audioboo