Friday, January 25, 2013

Little Bird Tales

As I was exploring Web 2.0 tools, I came across www.littlebirdtales.com.

This website looks like it could be a great tool in the classroom to allow students to create digital books.  This website allows students to draw or upload images to include in their digital books.  There is an option for students to record their their voice reading the text that they typed in.  After the story is finished, you can watch the whole story.

There are many possibilities about different types of assignments that would work well with this type of activity. A few ideas that come to mind are allowing students to create:

Reading/Writing Topics
  • How-To Books
  • Opinion Writing
  • Personal Narratives
  • Book Summaries
  • Sequencing events from a story
  • Autobiographies
  • A biography of a famous person of the student's choice
  • A tradition in their home
  •  Poetry Collection
  • All about me (Beginning of the year)
  • How to treat others
  • Fairy Tales
  • Mysteries
  • Folktales

Math Topics
  • Adding rhymes
  • Multiplying rhymes
  • Geometry Examples in everyday life
  • A story using fractions
  • Creating word problems for others to solve
  • How to do a long division problem
  • Multiplying Songs
  • Math tips and tricks 
 Science Topics
  • How shadows are formed
  • How plants grow
  • The life cycle of a frog
  • The life cycle of a butterfly
  • Science vocabulary
 These lists could keep going on forever, but I think my point is clear.  This tool can be used in many different ways for many different grade levels and topics.  It could even be done at the end of a unit about different things that the child learned about during the unit.  Each page would be a different fact about what that student learned about the topic.

Here is a video about Little Bird Tales.
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Here is a great resource that is helpful for answering questions that users may come across.


2 comments:

  1. First of all, I think the example, "We Can Add Doubles" is adorable. I love that it sounds like an entire class singing the rhymes. This tool looks simple and reminds me of the new HCPSS subscription Build A Book (https://eschooltools.com). However, I've heard numerous teachers complaining about Build A Book being too complicated for a quick classroom project.

    Now I noticed you can buy your story for $.99, how does that effect sharing and storing the stories? Is there a time limit without purchasing? Would students need to create a login in order to save their stories?

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  2. Great questions Liz. I found some of the answers to your questions on www.littlebirdtales.com/about/faq/

    A teacher can set up an account with an email address. Once this happens, the account is allotted 25MB of storage space.

    The snowman story I created and share took up 1.2 MB. However, "when you have exceeded your storage quota, you will need to delete some of your stories & images to create more space. Before deleting a story, you may want to consider purchase an MP4 of your story so you can keep it forever" (Littlebirdtales.com/about/faq, 2013)

    You can create student accounts under your teacher account where you can create assignments and manage student accounts. You create the name for student accounts your pick their password.

    There is not a time limit to purchase a story. The story will be available as long as it is in your account. Once you create a story, other options you have besides buying it are downloading it as a PDF, embedding it into a website, or emailing it to someone.

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