Motivating student writing through professional artwork.
This is a website that I use with my students year after year, they really enjoy the ease of use, the awesome art, and sharing their work. I look forward to sharing Storybird with this year's 4th graders. It's free to use, but there is a cost if you want the children's work printed out in a professional-bound copy. The only thing teacher need to do, is set up an account and add your class list. I wish there was a free print feature.
How I Use It
I have used Storybird in several ways. First, my students write a poem about themselves, then they look through the professional artwork that Storybird provides, to find art that they feel represents them. The students combine their poems with the art, and we post the links on our webpage. They are able to share their work and comment on the work of their classmates. They love the feedback and audience that Storybird allows them. Another way I've used Storybird, is to give my students a writing prompt, they choose the artwork and then write a story that is inspired by the art, around the given topic. Students that had difficulty, were allowed to dictate a story to someone who typed for them.