This week we launched Storybird Studio, a new suite of classroom tools for educators. In conjunction with this launch we are also kicking off a new series of guest posts to help educators discover creative ways to use Storybird with their students. Are you an educator who uses Storybird? We want to hear from you! Connect with us on Twitter, or drop us a line via email.
Although it’s not the beginning of a new school year, it is the beginning of something new. So we thought that this post by longtime Storybird user Lyn Hilt was a good place to start. Lyn is a former K-6 principal and now works as an elementary instructional technology integrator/coach in Pennsylvania. Here, she shares a creative approach to using Storybird as a school administrator, welcoming the community with her hopes for the new year.
My Wish For You
As many schools do, each year we have an opening assembly to welcome faculty and students back to school. I usually snag a few hundred photos and shoot some video of the first days of school, throw everything together in a quick iMovie and share with the school community at this event. I had already completed about 75% of this year’s back-to-school movie when I decided to try something different this year.
While driving home one day a few weeks ago, I began crafting a blog post in my head, as many bloggers often do. This particular post included a list of things I wished for my students for the coming year. I decided, then, since we are focusing heavily on helping our children develop a love of reading this year, to write a story for our students and staff to present at our opening assembly. I wanted to model my love of reading and writing and share a creation with them! I used Storybird. I was rather pleased with how it turned out, and I hope our school community enjoyed when I shared it this afternoon. It was fun seeing my book on “the big screen.” Hopefully other teachers and students will write some original stories to share as well!
My message this year focused on my desire for us to work together as a community of learners: the importance of working in a respectful, responsible, and safe environment in order for all of our needs to be met. I told them how proud I was with their ability to be flexible and embrace changes in our schedules. In addition to our focus on reading, I described various ways our students could serve in leadership roles throughout the school this year and stressed the value of teamwork and collaboration. I am grateful for the opportunity to address our school community in this manner, and I am looking forward to another fabulous year together!
Originally published on Lyn’s blog, Learning in Technicolor.