How could your students create a story, design it, record it and share it?
The answer is really simple; have them use Little Bird Tales.
This website has many advantages. One of them is that it is free so accessible to everyone. Moreover, the website is really easy to use so the students will have fun using it. To create an account you just need an email address. You can register as a teacher. To do so, you will have to create 4-digit school code if your school is not already registered on this website. (https://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/2011/05/06/free-tools-challenge-22-create-high-quality-digital-stories-with-little-bird-tales/)
Your students could use this website to create their own story. First of all, they would have to invent their story and write it down on a sheet of paper. After, they would use Little Bird Tales to design their story. They would have three options to do the images of their story: draw the images by themselves, use images from internet or use their own pictures. When this step is done, they can put a text box at the bottom of each page and write a part of their story. After, they can record themselves reading their story aloud. Finally, they have the possibility to share their stories with friends and family.
Another project that would be fun to do is having the whole class create one story. Each student would write a page of the story book. However, everyone would create a page without knowing what the other students are doing. Thus at the end when the teacher would put together all pages, it will create a funny story.
Often, we will ask our students to do a research and create a PowerPoint with the interesting information they found to present to the rest of the class. Well, instead of using PowerPoint, the students could use Little Bird Tales. It would allow them to put only pictures or key words and explain them aloud by recording their voice. It would be less stressful for them than doing an oral presentation in front of everyone because he/she could only present his/her video to the class.
Another way you can use this website is to use it to create your lessons. For instance, you want to give a lesson to your students on irregular verbs. You create a kind of “PowerPoint” with Little Bird Tales. When you are done, you record your explanations. Then, you share the lesson with your students and they can listen to it as many times as they want to.
It is now time to have fun using Little Bird Tales with your students!