We created a book using a programme called Storybird. Here we were able to choose a category and then create a book using pictures that were included in that category. We could choose which pictures we wanted on what page and whereabouts the picture would appear on the page. After choosing an image, we wrote the caption or speech for that page and then added a new page.
Once all the pages had been created, we saved the book so that everytime we sign onto Storybird, we can see the books that we had created.
Unfortunately I couldn’t embed my storybird into my blog 🙁 I know, it’s rubbish. Instead, I have put this image in which is the front page of our story so if you click on it, the link will take you to our story “Finding Santa”
I think that I would definiately use this programme in schools as we had so much fun creating it. I also think it is good because children can choose a category and within that category there are a load of pictures. This then means that children don’t have to think of an idea and possibly spend ages thinking where their story will go. As the pictures are provided, they can look at them for inspiration and then create their story based around those pictures.
When we were experimenting with the programme, we had the freedom to create our story based on anything. Obviously, if there was a certain theme that was being focused on within the classroom, the teacher could ask the children to include that theme throughout thier story but if not then the children would have the freedom to write about whatever they wanted. Also, at the end of the session we had on storybird, we shared them so children could tell their stories to each other. Maybe instead of having the teacher read a story at the end of each day, one of the children’s stories could be shared.
If this programme was used in Year 5/6, they could create a book for the younger children and possibly go and read it to them instead of the teacher. this would provide chances for the key stages to mix so that problems such as bullying don’t happen. Within my 1a placement I saw the two key stages mixing at playtime with the older children looking after the younger children and playing together. This was really nice to see as when I was at school, KS1 and KS2 had different playgrounds so they couldn’t mix meaning when children came up from year 2 to year 3, they were unsure of where to go on the playground because they hadn’t had that experience before.
So, those are my opinions of storybird and it being used in schools. Basically, I think it would be really good to use it because it allows assessment opportunities within English but it is also a fun way of creating a story instead of simply writing it down in a workbook. These stories can then be put onto a school blog or school website so that parents and parents that may send their children to the school can see what the pupils have been up to.
This website includes the aspects of project based learning so instead of boring you by writing them all down here, I have included the link so that you can have a look yourself as they will have explained it a lot better than me! I will however, give you a little insight into project based learning. It is where students go through an extended process of enquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge. This was new to me as I had never even heard of project based learning so if you have then you are one step ahead of me! Congratulations. I found the diagram from this webpage interesting but unfortunately I couldn’t get the picture otherwise I would have put it in here. However, if you click on the link above then you will be able to see it and see what I mean when I say it’s interesting. Check it out.
Aswell as reading about project based learning, I went onto the teachers tv website. I would definiately say have a look. I found it really interesting to watch the videos. If you go onto the website, there will be a range of hyperlinks so click on any which take your interest 😀 have fun watching them, I know I did as I got lots of information from watching them.
Hope you enjoy reading “Finding Santa”
Until next time