Know any teachers who have reluctant readers or writers? Are you looking for an online tool to jumpstart all students’ imagination? If the answer to either question is yes, then you need to check out Storybird!
What is Storybird? Basically, it’s an online, collaborative, storytelling tool that uses artwork for inspiration. Students can read Storybirds from the “public library” or create stories of their own.
It all starts with the click of a button. First, browse through the artwork. It’s fantastic! Some submitting artists are professional illustrators. How often have your students had the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists?! Once inspired by an artists’ work or a theme, it’s time to let the imagination go and create a Storybird. But students don’t have to work alone; everything is in place to collaborate on a Storybird.
To make the process even easier, you can create a class account and add students so that you can make assignments and build libraries.
This is one of those rare tools that is great for both older and younger students! No matter what you teach, it will be easy to find relevant uses for Storybird.
Debbie Perkins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.