|Scooped by Sandy Shannon|
Story bird is an online community of artists, writers and readers. Artists upload their work and individuals create and share stories they have written using these images as inspiration. Teachers are able to create a class space and can assign tasks to students.
Writing tasks using this tool may be completely open ended, where students choose images that have meaning for them and create a story or directed in some form i.e. students are given a theme or format that must be used. Students can also be given a set of images in Story bird that they then need to tie together in some way. In my view creating links between images or finding inspiration in an image is a valid creative process that requires the writer to make use what they have in ways they may not have considered otherwise.
This activity requires students to construct their own links and meaning from the images and is therefore based in constructivist learning principles. Story bird also allows users to invite collaborators from their class list or from the outside Story bird membership allowing for socially constructed meanings.
Technology modifies the task by providing easy access to a growing assortment of images and online collaboration between students.
The task is redefined when students share their stories with the online community and receive real time feedback on their stories neither of which would be possible without the use of technology to support this type of sharing. Writers are also able to follow the artists of their favourite illustrations while writers can gather following readers who love their stories, creating a social network within this site.