I was looking for something interesting to talk about and I found on Esl Jam a nice little website that can help children write a story. This application is called Storybird. I played a little bit with it to get an idea of how much fun we can have with this little bird.
All you have to do to use Storybird is to go on their website, sign up for free and start using it. You can invite your class and your students in your Storybird session. There is a video here that explains it very well.
The best thing about this application is that it is really easy to use. You open a new project and all you have to do is drag and drop a drawing on a blank canvas and write a few sentences. It automatically creates a new book. Here‘s an example of a story.
Other than being easy to use, many students can write on the same story. You invite your friends or other students by e-mail and you write the first page. Then the other student write the second and back and forth.
I think it should be adopted by all young students’ teachers. It is hard to make young learners write. But the pictures can help them get inspired. Moreover, they don’t have to write a lot. A few sentences is enough for young students to learn and practice basic grammar rules. If students take turns in writing a Storybird, it can be seen as a game or at least an opportunity to have some fun.
There are many ways to use it. This teacher has a good activity designed for her students.
There is somthing else I wanted to write about: the rtwork is really nice! I enjoyed a lot of these drawings. Some of them made me laugh and almost all of them at least made me smile.
If I had one suggestion to give to a teacher who has difficulty to make his students write would be to try Storybird at least once. I am 24 years old and I had so much fun with it. Why not a bunch of 12 years old.