Teacher Review For Storybird

Students create their own stories with professional artwork

Heddi C.
Discovery Learning Center
Santa Cruz, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It

I would use this as a writing tool in several ways.

First, the picture collections could serve as inspiration for writing projects.

Related sets of pictures often suggest stories that students might not have thought of otherwise.

Second, by selecting a certain set of picture to use, students could explore a particular theme such as friendship or courage.

Third, by starting with just pictures, students can work with concepts of story structure before beginning to write.

My students got interested in creating completely different stories with the same picture sets.

My Take

Storybird is an online story building tool in which students select a bank of artwork and create a story by dragging the artwork to pages and adding text.

The resulting story can be emailed to others, embedded in a web page, or professionally printed in a book for a fee.

The paid Pro Educator version also allows you to download one book per student as a PDF.

Storybird has worked hard to make a teacher friendly free version their tool.

Teachers can have up to 75 students, they can make assignments, they can assign grades and make comments on stories in progress, and student stories are automatically private and not part of the public stories that can be viewed on the site.

You create a story by selecting a collection of artwork by artist or by tags (flowers, boys, action, etc.).

The teacher can make a selection for students or the students can select the artwork for themselves.

The art is arrayed as little thumbnails around a workspace where you drag on the picture you want, adjust its location on the page, and add text.

A filmstrip of your pages is at the bottom of the screen that allows you to click on and edit your work.

The help menu is hidden in the "You" drop down menu and a little tricky to access.

There are a wide range of pictures and topics to choose from making this a very versatile storytelling tool.

At this time, you cannot upload your own artwork.

I like how the collection of artwork is somewhat limited by your initial choice so that students must focus on the story rather than endlessly searching for artwork.