Tried-it/Techie Tuesday and Giveaway

Before I get into my post, I want to give a shout out about my friend Holly's amazing 500 follower giveaway!  You can win your choice of any item from my TpT store in addition to over 50 prizes and a total of $60 in Amazon gift cards!  You don't want to miss this one!

Have you tried Storybird with your class?  I'm always looking for new ways to make Work on Writing more engaging and this one was a huge hit with my kiddos.  The site is very user-friendly and it didn't take long at all to set up my class and get my kids logged in.  When they create a new story, they can search by themes (or tags) to find artwork and then they just start typing in the words.  It's very easy to drag the pictures and text around to your liking.  Here's an example of one student's story.  I have them use their vocabulary words from their Padlet word walls, which is why glimpse is in all caps.:)

One feature I really love about Storybird is that your students can publish their stories to the class library.  The library is private and only members of the class can view it.  They are even able to comment on one another's work.  When kids know they have an audience, I believe their writing is of higher quality, and I can already see the effects of that with Storybird.  

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9 comments:

  1. I am so glad you posted that you use this program. I started setting my class up on it but then I started to worry about some of the art on the site - do you have any problems in your class with that? Do you limit what art they can choose? I am so happy to have found someone who uses this, yeah!

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  2. Uh oh, what have you seen that's inappropriate? I haven't been limiting them, but I will take a closer look.. we literally started using this last week. Thanks.

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  3. I love Storybird! I haven't looked at the art work lately though to see if anything is inappropriate. Please share if you find anything. Thanks!

    Have a great rest of your week!
    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  4. I would like to check this site out. Not enough time to do it all.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

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  5. This is another site I need to check out. Thank you for the shout out on my giveaway too:) You're the best, Kristin!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  6. Really appreciate the information in your post. I must check this out. I am always looking for ways students can use tech in publishing their writing. Thanks much!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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  7. Wow - I've just been poking around on this site and LOVE it. I've registered my whole class and we are going to start playing with it on Friday in our ICT lesson. We already have a class blog that they love so this will be fabulous. Wish I'd known about it at the beginning of the year but never mind - we still have a month and a half to play :)

    Lynn


    Fun in the Fours

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  8. Love this! I must have missed your post on Padlet for vocabulary words. I am filing all of these ideas for next year. Awwww, summer time!

    ❁ Kate
    Purely Paperless

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  9. I will have a 1:1 classroom next year for my 5th graders. I have been looking for techy ways of keeping and working on tried and true techniques! I use Padlet all the time for writing responses to questions I post, but hadn't thought of them having their own account and adding their own word wall. FABULOUS idea!! Thank you so much!!!

    Susan

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