How I Use It
I used Little Bird Tales with 3rd graders as a follow-up for a field trip. Students used iPads on the field trip to take pictures of events throughout the day. They then used the program app to organize and narrate their events. This program allows students to upload all of their own images, add script and voice recordings.
We are always looking for ways to incorporate curriculum into field trips that make the trip relevant to students. This project kept students on track during the trip and after while practicing imaging concepts, writing skills and sequencing. All students were able to complete this project including low functioning students with help.
After they were completed each of the Little Bird Tales was shared easily with a link. Set-up was a little front loaded. Teachers must first create a teacher account and add students.
I think this is a great teaching tool. Although we used it as a way target specific writing skills, I could also see it as a way to combine writing and speaking skills in Math, Social Studies and even Science. Imagine having students taking pictures during a science experiment and sharing those key principles in a book. Having a purpose and looking for key events helps students to stay focused. Keeping field notes also helps students with follow up writing.
This tool could also be used for small group writing assignments by assigning a specific number of pages to each student. This would require the use of cooperative learning skills and also require the students to think in terms of their part of the whole project. ....higher level thinking skills.