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