(originally posted on ¡Vámonos!)
I picked up the following earlier -
which was followed by this tweet -
And being an inquisitive gal, I went and had a look.
What a brilliant tool! You're provided with a vast array of images from different artists that you can use to make story books. You just choose the images and write the story. SOOOOOO exciting!
I wrote a story - click here
to read it!
I'll be writing more soon too.
And I can see pupils enjoying this too - lots of scope for description, imagination and creativity! For example, there are many monsters that could be used for physical description. There are animals for stories of the jungle and savannah and quirky characters just asking to be written about.
Not only a great tool for creating though - when you write a story you can choose to keep it private or make it public - and there are many many public stories so you need never be stuck for a story again!
Since originally writing about the wonderful STORYBIRD site, I've had good news and bad news!
The bad news is that, as the site is still in its infancy, if your story is written in a language other than English it cannot be published (ie put in the public gallery) as it cannot be moderated. As the site grows, this will change.
The good news is that you can still write stories and save them on the site, and that these can be shared via the 'Send to a friend' link. You can either send the link to friends, or you can send it to your own email address and then share the 'token'
Here's the Tweet conversation I had with @storybird
So let's keep making stories and hope that the site grows at an amazing rate!
This tool has sparked lots of interest on Twitter and I received the following comment from Storybird on my blog post -
We're evaluating a volunteer moderation approach to help kickstart other languages (our original plan wasn't to offer Spanish for at least a year). But given the massive response we've had from non-English countries and teachers, we're trying to move this up the feature chain.
We're building out a database of possible volunteers for language moderation. If you (and anyone else) would like to consider participating, please email support [at] storybird [dot] com and we'll get in touch as we move this ahead.
Thanks much for the kind words, the tweets, and the ideas. You (and your language-endowed posse) rock!
Mark said... 18 October 2009 00:02
So- I'd say - use it! The more of us that do so, the quicker the site will be able to publish us properly!
Here are the links to my Storybirds for a start! and please post yours as you make them (remember - your Storybird will be public for a very short while before the site realises it's 'foreign' then it will become private by default and the only way you can share is via the link you email!)
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