I've been playing with a new web tool called Storybird. It's a service that lets kids (or you!) write stories that are prompted by pictures. If you are at all interested in nonlinguistic representation, Storybird is a great starting point. Kids are able to choose a bank of pictures, then choose individual pictures from that set to tell a story. The stories are embeddable so teachers and kids can put them on blogs, wikis, websites, practically anywhere.
Here are some examples:
In My Momma's Arms on Storybird
Not So Long Ago on Storybird
There are additional examples of student work on John Mikulski's blog. (He's a local teacher and used these with his students.) CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS EXAMPLES
With my PREVIOUS POST on Christmas ideas, I thought I would share some of the ones we've made and hopefully inspire you to make your own. These are a great way to tell stories digitally, get anyone (but especially kids) motivated to write AND read, and are a touching and personal way to share literacy with your friends and family, especially here at holiday time!
We'll be reading ours tonight at bedtime...