Storybird: An easy web tool that adds beauty to basic storytelling
Once upon a time, there was a teacher whose students weren't nearly as excited about writing little stories as she thought they would be -- until she showed them Storybird.
This fun and easy-to-learn web tool helps students turn tiny story ideas into beautiful, illustrated, full-blown e-books. And best of all, it's free. A bonus -- students have to think critically to make their narratives work. Students who are not at all enthusiastic about story writing surprise themselves with clever and eye-catching works they are proud to share.
The trick with Storybird is that students create their stories around a library of art works related to a chosen theme. So stories often take delightful, unexpected turns based on the images available within the image bank the student has chosen. Sometimes, students have to figure out a way around a concept that is not pictured; sometimes, the fanciful images spark an idea unthought of before.
In the end, students have a professional-looking storybook in digital form. It can be published publicly or kept private.
3. Click "Create," then type in your most important image description in the search box - for example, for a story with a dog in it, you would need to type in "dog." Simple.
4. Choose "Art" at the top of the screen.
5. Browse the main images, and choose the one that matches the theme of your story best. Click "Start a Storybird."
6. Once you choose your image, you'll want to sort through the pictures provided to make sure there is enough of what you need.
7. Add as many pages as you like, and start dragging images onto the pages. You can rearrange the pages at any time. The text boxes appear either to the right or left of your image. You can also make the image take up the whole page. Once you have a picture on the page, try not to click on it, or it will go back in the pile and you'll have to hunt for it again.
8. Type in your text on each page.
9. Give the story a title.
10. Click on "Menu" at the top, and choose to publish your Storybird.
11. Write a summary of your story, and fill in the other sundry boxes. This is where you choose if the story is public or private.
13. Enjoy! (Click here for an example of a student-created Storybird)