How I Use It
Story Bird was used to synthesis knowledge as a culminating activity. Scholars showcased their learning through this tech tool. Children write nonfiction first and then select artists and templates to illustrate their work. In order to be successful, it is VERY important that the story line is written before the art selected, otherwise students try to make the writing fit the pictures and lose meaning. Story Bird can be used for all subjects and is a great tool to connect the curriculum as the art can pertain to science, social studies, math and literacy.
Story Bird is a great teaching tool. It can be as simple or as complicated as the user navigating it. The drop and drag features were very user friendly. There was a variety of art work to select from. Publishing was clear and students encountered no difficulty in using, publishing or understanding this tool. One thing that was particularly annoying was the private feature. Though some published work was made public, it kept reverting to private and was therefore unable to be viewed by others without going into the system and changing the setting. Even when changed, the setting would revert back to private and numerous emails seeking help went unanswered.