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Storybird uses digital storytelling to engage reluctant writers

Posted by Marygrove MAT on May 23, 2013 8:00:00 AM

reluctant writersStorytelling is an important human activity. Stories give shape to our identity; we use them to convey ideas, share our experiences and enhance our arguments. Despite their importance, it’s often a challenge to get our reluctant writers excited about storytelling. Fortunately, we’ve come across a free digital storytelling application called Storybird.

Storybird uses digital storytelling to engage reluctant writers

Storybird inverts the writing process. No more intimidating, blank- white screens in Microsoft Word. Instead, students choose their images first; then they write, tailoring their story to fit the images. Unlike most digital storytelling apps that have limited choices in imagery (and most are low-quality), Storybird works with professional artists, illustrators and animators from around the world who upload their portfolios onto Storybird’s platform. The illustrations are gorgeous and all of them are free for you to sequence and arrange as you wish.

Over 125,000 schools are now using this digital storytelling app and it’s not surprising when you consider that a free membership includes 75 student accounts and allows students to create an unlimited number of books. A premium account, which goes for $69 a year, will give you access to more accounts, classroom tools and access to an unlimited number of digital storytelling books. Standard memberships are only $9 a month and give users access to free PDF downloads of their book and custom covers. Below you’ll find a sampling of the images you can expect to find on Storybird. Pretty cool, huh?

reluctant writersIf you’re looking a few more digital storytelling apps to help you engage reluctant writers, check out one of our recent blogs, Make Writing Less Intimidating with these 5 Digital Storytelling Apps.

 

Tags: writing strategies, apps for educators, Writing, writing fluency, writing skills, apps for teachers, technology in the classroom

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