Storybird is my new favorite Web 2.0 tool (except for Google Earth, of course) and have found alternative uses for it. This is the website’s great explanation of their concept:
What is Storybird?
Storybird is a service that uses collaborative storytelling to connect kids and families. Two (or more) people create a Storybird in a round robin fashion by writing their own text and inserting pictures. They then have the option of sharing their Storybird privately or publicly on the network. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared through a worldwide library.
Storybird is also a simple publishing platform for writers and artists that allows them to experiment, publish their stories, and connect with their fans.
How does Storybird work?
It’s simple. Someone starts a Storybird by writing a few words or grabbing a few images. Then the other person takes a turn, adding more words and pictures. In as little as one or two turns they can finish and share a Storybird. It’s that easy. And they can do it sitting side-by-side or across the country from each other.
I’m always trying to find new and innovative ways to use technology during centers or workstation times. Teachers can create their own digital instructions for activities in all subject areas in a matter of minutes. Giving students the freedom to choose the activity along with the option of how to present their products will enhance the learning experience.
Click here to see an example of a Storybird workstation activity:
Choose one of the following activities to complete in your workstation. You can record your answers in a Neo, Word Document or PowerPoint. on Storybird
Creating a free teacher account is easy. Just follow the steps below:
StoryBird Instructions created by Sarah Ogden
I work for an education technology start-up in London, and our team regularly visit your blog for thought-leadership. Thanks for sharing Storybird (great resource!).
Not sure if you’ve heard about us (Wordia.com), but I’d value any thoughts you have on what we’re trying to do (mapping the K-12 – all of the vocabulary that students need to learn… raising literacy and subject vocab levels, through video and games-based learning).
The new-look Wordia has just launched – with some smart technology that lets educators build their own word games and hold school tournaments! We’d love you to have a look, and tell us what you think. Indeed – we’re running a t-shirt competition – and I’d love to send a school you know, some free Wordia t-shirts (a thank you – for helping us with the R&D efforts!).
It’s early days, but your feedback would be most welcome!
Director of Play
(Research & Development)