To introduce the concept of creating a story from pre-existing illustrations, we wrote class stories using the posters from the Literacy in Action resource. I then shared a story I had written using Storybird. This was followed by the opportunity to work in a smaller group (led by one of the teachers) to create a story to share with the other group.
- Students were completely engaged in their writing and continued to create additional stories to share at home with their families.
- Students collaborated, encouraged, and assisted each other during class time.
- Students shared their stories and asked thoughtful questions to the authors of the stories.
- Students wanted to share their stories with others outside of the classroom and also wanted to teach others how to write stories using this tool.
Click on the link below to read one of the many wonderful stories written by the Grade 5 students:
There are numerous tools available to incorporate digital storytelling into your classroom through both laptop computers and iPads. I encourage you to integrate some of these tools to both engage students and allow students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.