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!

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Tina

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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.

 

Tina

Storybird seems like a great program and I loved your students projects! I am glad to hear that it is relatively easy to use and the fact that its free makes it easily accessible to students at home and at school. Did each student have to sign up for an account? When I was looking at the site I noticed that you can have your Storybirds printed. It would be neat to have students collaborate, come up with a story as a class, and then print the book for your class or school library. Another class project could be to create a Storybird that is a compilation of student poems. Each student could choose the artwork for their page(s) and a class book could be printed. Thank you so much for sharing this website! I am short on time, but will bookmark your class blog so that I can comment on your students' work later.
Each student had their own account through the class account that I set up.  No email is required for students, unless they want to invite collaborators.  I like the idea of having a class book of poems. Colleen Young had her students use Storybird to create stories reviewing math concepts.  You'll see her comments further up with a link to her students' creations.  For sure there are lots of possibilities beyond just fictional stories.  Wouldn't it be neat to pair up students from different classes or locations to make a story together?
Wow, thanks for posting.  I had never heard of Storybird before.  What a great tool for the classroom.  I plan on using it to make my own stories for the kids as well as having them make their own.
Tina - I'm late to the discussion but I wanted to let you know that I just posted a comment on one of your students' stories from March.  I used Storybird with my upper level Spanish students and they enjoyed it too.

Thanks so much!  You're not late - the kids still keep looking for comments!

 

Thanks again,

 

Tina

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!  :)

That's excellent. I have seen students very motivated by Storybird - a real sense of ownership. Much more exciting to publish online than hide your work away in an exercise book where hardly anybody sees it!
Thank you for your management tips. I would love to do this with a class but can easily see where they might get overwhelmed with the pictures.

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,

Alysa

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