As I learned more about the site, I began thinking about how early readers depend on illustrations and pictures to help them create meaning to what they are reading. And, in developing readers and writers, we often ask elementary students to add drawings or illustrations to their writing. Kids love to draw, and they have a lot to say when it comes to images. A large curated collection of images students can use to inspire their own stories is what Storybird offers to get students writing.
Shawn Avery, a 6th grade teacher in Plympton, Massachusetts, put together a great tutorial on Storybird. Check out his blog and view his Screencasts on signing up and using Storybird. I know I will be referring back to Shawn's blog as I incorporate this digital writing tool into my classroom.
The following resources were using in this blog post:
Avery, S. (2011, September 5). Re: Storybird: A Collaborative Storytelling Tool [Web Blog Post].
Retrieved from http://techtutorials.edublogs.org/2011/09/05/storybird/
Sad, (2009, November 25). The girl who wished to be a mermaid; Storybird Example. Retrieved
Storybird. (2015). Visual Storytelling for everyone. Retrieved from https://storybird.com/about/