What is StoryBird?
Storybird is a fun new collaborative storytelling website. Storybird makes it easy to create and tell stories digitally. Students and teachers can create stories together by combining imaginative artwork and text. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared in an online library with the world. “Storybird promotes imagination, literacy, and self-confidence.” Creating, sharing, and reading Storybird stories is free.
Storybird is an excellent way to get your students enthusiastically writing. The imaginative artwork will have your students creating stories in no time.Storybird stories are meant to be collaborative. Students can work together in teams to create stories. This type of learning through play reminds me of the “lets pretend” stories that students create on the playground. Students will feed off of each others ideas, creating more creative stories and learning together. Storybird is also a fantastic place to create a classroom story, each student can contribute pages to the story. The final product can be easily shared with families and friends in the online library. Storybird can be used by teachers to make ‘special’ stories for students. They can include students as characters, emphasize classroom themes or curriculum, and be created for specific reading levels. Encourage your students to create and share their stories on Storybird, open up your classroom computer during DEAR time for students to read stories their classmates have created.
The Activity .... What do I have to do for this Skill Snack?
1. Click here to go to the StoryBird Support page.
2. Click here to go to the Story Bird website.
3. Click on "Sign In" if you already have an account, or "Sign up for Free" if you would like to create a new account. Complete all of the required fields, and click on Create Account.
HINT - When prompted, click on Teacher/Class. This will allow you to set up an education account. If you choose this option, you will be asked to set up your class as one of the registration steps.
4. You will be sent a confirmation email to the email address that you provided when you signed-up. Click on the link in that email to activate your account.
5. Click on "Create" to start working on your text.
6. Choose a piece of artwork that you enjoy, and then choose "Use this Art" and then either "For a Story" or "For a Poem". NOTE: Poetry is not currently part of the Education package, but you are able to try it outside of your account.
7. Once your artwork has been chosen, it will place the artwork onto a page for you. Other similar artworks are placed around the outside of your page. You can change your current piece of art, or use these artworks on additional pages for your book.
8. Have a go at creating a book. Your book must have a cover, and at least two pages with different pieces of art on each page. Each page must also include text.
9. When you have finished creating your book (with the requirements in the above step), click on the Menu button, and choose "Publish" from the list. Complete all of the details from your story, and click on "Publish".
10. Your book will be displayed. Click on the share icon (see image to the left if you are not sure which icon this is), and copy the Share Link.
11. Paste the Share Link into the task submission form on the right side of this Skill Snack screen.
12. Complete the remainder of the task submission form on the right of this Skill Snack window, and click on Submit.
13. You will receive a messgae on your screen if you successfully submitted your task. You will also receive a confirmation message from a member of the LT Team within seven days.