How I Use It
I have used Storybird with students to flip their writing. Usually students are asked to produce writing and then create or find a picture to go with it. Using Storybird, students need to pick the artwork first and then create a story that can be told with those pre-chosen pictures. It is a wonderful way to generate critical thinking and creativity in storytelling. Students loved this opportunity to think outside of the box and tell the story of the pictures they chose. One drawback is that student creations are only viewable via a URL. Downloading a copy of their work has a fee associated with it.
I think Storybird is a wodnerful and rich opportunity to enhance student writing! What makes Storybird different from other story creation sites is that the picture is provided and students are asked to create the story to go with it; usually students are asked to write the story, then find or create images that match. With Storybird, students can create original work, publish it, and even receive comments on their creations. The real-world connection creates an authentic experience for students to write for an audience. Publication on the Storybird website it free; additional paid-for options available for downloading and purchasing. It is easy to get started with Storybird and simple for teachers and students to use.