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Parent reviews for Storybird

Common Sense says

Fun, free way to be creative; writing help may cost more.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 27 reviews
Adult Written byMelissaLyn July 12, 2016

It's limited

There's no doubt that the artwork in this site is absolutely gorgeous. I'm not disputing that students would not be able to create a book from the content included in the site, but I feel as though the site is extremely limited. If a student already has a story in mind and wants to add beautiful artwork to his/her ideas and thoughts, this is not the site for that. They will become frustrated with not being able to find what they are specifically looking for.
If a student needs help in being inspired to write a story without any idea already, then this site may help that student.
Adult Written bySusan123456789 October 11, 2018

Inappropriate material available

Please be cautious with this site. The story writing feature is excellent for all ages. But the library is not age-gated which means your child will have access to inappropriate material if they are under 13. This access cannot be turned off or restricted.

This title contains:

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Adult Written byKelly Q. October 13, 2016

Cool but limited with creativity

Engagement: This is a very engaging tool that can be used to introduce a new concept in a way that connects to your students. It definitely gives students a sense of ownership and allows them to bring creative writing into the 21st century with technology.
Pedagogy: Storybird practices one of the most important aspects of learning which involved creativity and intrinsic motivation. Not all students will be phenomenal writers but all students will want to make something they can call their own. For my English Language Learners, the illustrations play a big role in helping them to communicate their writing through pictures.
Support: This site supports teachers across content areas as it can help students practice and extend their learning into their own words in lieu of just worksheets. It gives students a platform to express themselves and their learning.
I gave Storybird a 4/5 star rating for a few reasons:
-It is an awesome tool to get students excited about writing
-It can give teachers a way to personalize stories and involve students or concepts being learned in the classroom
-It's great that there is not a limit on the amount of pages you can include in your story
-It's just an all around great site that can be accessed by all (+ signing up/in is a blast with the Google easy sign in)
The one little star missing from my rating is a result of:
-Students have to choose a type of artwork to start off with but cannot include other great pictures from a different theme that may enhance their writing
-Students wanted to be able to control the font type, size and color but were limited to just Times New Roman
-The illustrations could be organized or categorized better for easier student navigation