Source photo: https://storybird.com/ .
Storybird (https://storybird.com) is a website/tool which enables people to make visual stories. Make, read and share visual stories; that’s what it’s all about. I’ve used Storybird as a tool during one of our YAFIC peer teaching lessons and it sparked my interest. I believe that Storybird can be such a valuable tool when it comes to teaching literature; it gives pupils the change to be autonomous and creative while doing something really useful. In this blog post I’ll futher explore the possibilities of Storybird as a tool for teaching literature by discussing possible exercises/activities.
- Teachers can use Storybird to create a visual ‘recap’ on a book/poem. This is completely different from the way teachers normally summarise a book/poem and appeals to visual orientated pupils. Or teachers can ask their pupils to come up with their own visual ‘recaps’.
- Another possibility is for teachers to ask their pupils what a certain book/poem/story would look like in today’s world or perhaps in the future. The pupils can use the pictures and artwork on Storybird to make the book/poem a little more ‘modern’/’futuristic’.
- Yet another way of using Storybird is by showing your pupils the cover of a book and asking them to create a story on Storybird about what they think the book/poem is about. The same thing can be done when the pupils are half-way through the book; the pupils anticipate a certain ending, let them create a visual story regarding their anticipations.
- Pupils can also create a visual story about a chapter of a book. Assign different chapters to different pupils and ask them to summarize the chapter before and -actually- by creating the visual story. Let the students share/‘present’ their stories.
- Teachers can ask their pupils to create a visual story surrounding different words/themes from a book/poem.
- Pupils can create visual stories about current topics (serious matters/problems; what would you do? how would you solve this problem?). They can share/’present’ their stories if they like.
- OR: teachers can make the pupils aware of the existence of Storybird without actually incorporating Storybird into their lessons. It’s up to the pupils to decide whether or not it’s beneficial for their own learning/studying; if they want to use it or not.
These are my ideas on how to use Storybird as a teacher during a lesson. As I’ve mentioned before, I think Storybird is a wonderful website/tool and I’m definitely keen to known how pupils react to it. I look forward to applying one or more of those ideas during future school placements!