Teacher Review For Storybird

Amazing imagery stimulates students to create their own short stories.

Dane S.
Classroom teacher
Indian Ridge Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used this product during my literacy time. Specifically, I used it to teach dialogue within writing. The kids chose pictures that spoke to them and focused on a short story in which characters would talk back and forth. I encouraged kids to experiment with all the features and options and to explore a bit. One thing that took a bit of work was getting each student set up with their own account and password. That can be done by the teacher, though.
My Take
Like: The students loved the range of freedom with choosing their pictures. They also loved collaborating with each other on stories. Another cool piece is that the students' stories are saved so that they can come back to them later and continue working or share with an audience. Dislike: It would be nice to have a few more options to adjust pictures and text. You don't get the full features of the site with a free account.