My grade 12 World Geography class just finished writing children’s picture books using Storybird. The students were asked to write a children’s story depicting the journey of a child who was forced to migrate due to environmental or geopolitical reasons. The story had to be based in actual events or events that may occur in the near future given current environmental or geopolitical trends.
Storybird is a fantastic platform for creating picture books, allowing students to utilize professional art to help tell their story. Teachers can set up a free account for their students, monitor their progress as they write their stories, and moderate comments as students peer assess the stories. There is even an option to provide feedback and grades through the website.
I was really impressed with the quality of the work my student’s produced. I always like to encourage student product that takes their learning public and empowers students to become creators of content rather than passive consumers. Storybird certainly allowed for this type of experience. We have shared the books with elementary classrooms and community groups and are looking forward to hearing from our readers.
Two examples of the stories my students created: