Originally created to connect families and friends, Storybird is designed to have two or more people collaborate on a story, using the images created by various artists.
“Storybird promotes imagination, literacy, and self-confidence. Kids who play with words and pictures early in life tend to score higher in cognitive and aptitude tests later on. They read and draw more, and are better able to understand concepts and ideas. Plus, they become comfortable with the act of creation: turning nothing into something. In an idea-based society, that’s a key advantage.”
This free web 2.0 application is a wonderful tool that can be used in classrooms of all ages. We have teachers who let kids create their stories individually, collaboratively with a classmate OR with reading buddies in a higher/lower grade level. Check it out
(After clicking past the cover, hover over bottom and select ‘full screen’ icon)