How I Use It
I have used it with elementary students at different grade levels. For the older students, I require them to write a story in Storybird. We also review digital citizenship when we talk about the type of comments we should leave about other's work. With younger students, I have had them choose a picture and have them write a poem or I choose an illustration for them and they write a fictionalized piece about the small moment or a descriptive paragraph. Storybird allows students to put together a very impressive looking product in a short time. The students enjoyed exploring and integrating the professional artwork. Students will need time however, to initially explore the various artwork and choose a set that will work in crafting a whole story. I had some students start very excellent stories but then get stuck because they couldn't find an illustration to fit where they wanted their story to go. They also found that they could not use an illustration more than once in a book.
Storybird is a digital storytelling tool. Students select an artist's work to feature in their writing. The tool is easy to use and the resulting e-books are very slick looking and can be shared online. Students can read and comment on their peer's work. Students were very engaged, but were sometimes frustrated by the limitations of the illustrations. It is very challenging for students to write a well-crafted story around the existing artwork. Also, some of the students were disappointed because they were able to see some of the paid features (such as different covers and page layouts), but could not use them.