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  1. Creating Digital Stories With Storybird

  2. Introduction Digital storytelling is all the rage. Kentucky Department of Education through the Kentucky Academic Core Content Standards suggest that school librarians and teachers begin to have their student produce digital stories. But Why?Digital storytelling can be used through all content areas and it incorporates P-12 students communicate what they know and can do via technology.

  3. Experts state that technology must be incorporated into curricula in a thoughtful manner • Adding technology on top of the current curricula is not the best way to utilize the tools or maximize learning. • School librarians, teachers and technology coordinators need to select the best technology tools for learning various content areas and measure students performance

  4. Problem Based Scenario • Everyone has a story to tell. Professional storytellers are experts in weaving the language of the story so the audience is on edge and engaged as they listen. • So how does an average teacher or young child learn to weave words to tell a compelling story? • It does help to view what storytelling is NOT! Take a look. • Everyone recalls the emotions with the story of Cinderella. Is this version as touching as the one you remember. (Power Point 20th Anniversary Cinderella

  5. Motivational Strategy to Engage audience and obtain feedback • Why was the Cinderella story NOT effective? • Open a new browser window and key in the following web address. • • Provide a explanation as to whether or not the Cinderella story was effective in telling the story.

  6. Objectives [D0 NOT USE “understand” or “Learn, KNOW, Knowledge, I believe”, “I think, greatUse action verbs • Develop a story with a beginning, middle, and end based on a content area. • Select images to illustrate the text of story. • Create a user account.

  7. Getting Started Log on to Storybird at Then click sign in.

  8. Use your username and password to log on to your account.

  9. Teachers- If you do not have an account you will need to create an account for you and your classroom. You will chose the teacher/class account type. • Once you have an account you will give your students usernames and passwords to use on this site • Students- Your teacher will provide you with your username and password.

  10. Teachers- Once you have created an account you will be able to add students to your class page by clicking on the Students tab.

  11. Teachers – You will then be able to add your students’ names and you will give them a username and password. Your students will be able to log on with the username and password you give them.

  12. Once you have logged in you will click on start a Storybird.

  13. Select a theme to explore or select the see more themes by clicking the mouse on your choice.

  14. After you select a theme such as “mad”, you will be given art that is tagged as correlating to the theme selected. Choose one of the art that is tagged and click on it. Tagged just means the artwork found under that theme will all go with the concept of (in this example) mad. If you select the “see more tags” option you will see more themes that you can find art for.

  15. Select: Start a Storybird with this art.

  16. Add text to your Storybird in the appropriate place. In this example it would be the upper left-hand corner of the cover. This will be the cover of your story.

  17. Click on slide one at the bottom of the page. Add your artwork to page one by clicking and dragging the illustration you want. Position your artwork on the page and you will be able to add text under it, over it, or beside it based on where you place your artwork. This will be the first page in your storybird.

  18. Add text to your new artwork. Continue adding artwork and text until your story is complete.

  19. When your story is finished click Save.

  20. After you save, click the Menu button and select Publish this Storybird…

  21. Storybird will ask you if you want to change the cover or change the title. If you are satisfied you will type in your summary and tags as well as select an age range.

  22. Summary will be added here. The summary appears along side your finished story. It should tell what your story is about. For example, I may write “This story is about a bear who is mad. He is mad at his friend Jelly. In the end Bear and Jelly learn an important lesson.”

  23. Possible tags: bear, mad, anger, “lesson learned” Tags for your story would be one to two words that describe your story. These would be used if a user was looking for key words when searching for a Storybird to read.

  24. After you have created your summary and tags you are ready to publish. Click on the Publish button.

  25. Teacher Section • Teachers can create a class which will allow them to keep up with the student work. • There are many other things you can do with Storybird as you learn to use the site. This is just a basic how to get started. • I encourage you to go to Storybird to explore. (

  26. Final Product There are samples of completed Storybird stories at All you have to do is click on the story you want to see and hear.

  27. Example Story

  28. Examples of Digital storytelling Based on different grade levels

  29. Formative Assessments for teachers • What is an appropriate questions to assess teachers’ learning? • Please give your feedback in the comments section below this presentation.

  30. Formative assessment for students • How would you assess students learning? • What examples would provide for teachers based on assessment of students’ learning regarding communication of content, use of language, storytelling, and technology.