A virtual and interactive story-telling tool for educators and students, used on Web 2.0.
This tool is appropriate for use by all (educators, students and parents) the parents involvement would consist of assisting their children when creating a story.
FREE to use!
Allows users to purchase and download their stories (hardcover, softcover, PDF files, cards, art prints, journals etc.)
- Ability to author and publish storybooks, poems or long-books using supplied artwork and word banks (created by the teacher)
- Teacher can create account for students and monitor their work on their own account
- Site generates invitations to send out to parents and students on how to use the site
- Ability to search for and read stories published by others, stories are filtered for younger users and not even presented to them if not appropriate (example below)
- Parents can subscribe to “Storybird for Parents” for $11.99/month which offers writing challenges, and prints and downloads to use for practice at home.
- Teachers can create assignments for students and grade them right on the site.
Site is most definitely age-appropriate for any user. While using the site, pop-ups appear that explain what to do and what certain tabs mean. The ability to filter results guarentees parents that their children are reading content that is appropriate for them, because it can be used by all ages.
Great ability to maintain interest. The site is extremely engaging, the artwork is fun and creative. Reading a book online or creating your own is absolutely more fun and engaging for students, the are more likely to maintain interest in the activity if they are more engaged.
- Does not allow students to practice the physical act of writing, which is very important to learn and do
- A lot of content is presented, young children may have difficulties navigating their way through the site and selecting stories or poems to read
- Some students may learn best with the actual book in their hands, this tool does not accommodate that
In the classroom, a teacher may need to address a difficult topic like bullying.
Teacher can go on the site and filter the stories to find a short story written about bullying Jennifer and the Bullies (category: life, format: picture book, age: 5-8). Teacher can show this story to their class to initiate a lesson or discussion on bullying.
In the classroom, the teacher has difficulty meeting the grade 2 Common Core standard:
This website assists in fulfilling this standard. It allows students to produce and publish their own story online with the help of their parents (with typing and spelling most likely).