My class has just finished using Storybird to write stories and they are posted on our classroom blog. Kids would love some comments on their stories. Please stop by and leave a comment if you have the time. You'd thrill a bunch of fifth graders!
Glad you enjoyed the stories. Storybird is free to use and you can get the code to be embedded on blogs, wikis, and websites for free. However, to get a printed copy does cost money. There are a variety of options for printing and a variety of prices.
I think that Storybird would be appropriate for third grade. In fact, it is probably appropriate for most ages. My preschooler likes to pick pictures then have me type in what she wants to say. She caught on pretty fast as to how to add pages and images. I don't think there would be an upper limit. All ages could enjoy using Storybird.
I think the hardest thing for third graders would be typing in their password and username, especially the first time they access their accounts. You'd want to get a class account and set the usernames. Then Storybird will generate random (gibberish) passwords. When students log in the first time they are asked to change their password. If you have the patiences then you could do this for them. If you have them do it, be sure allow time. The upside is that if students forget their passwords then you can reset it easily, even without the original password.
Let me know how it goes if you decide to introduce it to your class.
Thanks so much! You're not late - the kids still keep looking for comments!
C Hitz have you come across the MFL Storybird teacher's wiki. there are Spanish stories there.
There is a link on this page where I put Storybird links for our staff. Russell Stannard's training videos are good for anyone new to and interested in Storybird.
Yes - I have seen that. Thanks for asking. At one time Storybird did not accept stories in languages other than English but now they do, even though at times I find that one of my students' stories will not be accepted.
I'm always looking for ways that will encourage their writing in Spanish and be interesting to them at the same time. For the Storybird activity, I had them write the first 2 pages of their Storybird and then other students needed to add at least one page to their classmates' stories. Some of them enjoyed Storybird so much that they wrote their ENTIRE story and didn't want others to change their storyline. Perfect - my plan worked! :)
I am new to classroom 2.0 and just saw your message about storybird! I am the tech teacher and librarian at my school. This website is awesome and I am planning on using it immediately with my classes.
Thanks a million,