Sometimes a simple story makes the most impact on a child. Storybird remains a favorite Web 2.0 tool for the classroom. With a complete library of beautiful digital artwork, Storybird allows the student to author their own book and publish it for public or private viewing. Storybird is a creative platform for educators to cultivate a variety of literacy skills. Educators can manage student accounts, leave instant feedback, and make assignments that hone in on meaningful themes. Publishing choices include sharing via email with a URL, embedding, or downloading.
Storybird fosters active communication and collaboration as students can read and comment on their peer’s work in a secure online environment. My experiences with Storybird have been positive with grade levels spanning from kindergarten through eighth. Unique illustrations have inspired students to draw out themes and become engaged in the creative process.