Today I had the privilege to visit two third grade classes in Eisenhower and demonstrate Storybird (this is one of my favorite digital storytelling tools- magnificent illustrations that never fail to spark the writer’s imagination).
But that’s not the point of this post.
It’s not that the kids loved Storybird (how do I know? They all wanted to know if they could do it at home and were delighted the answer was “Yes”).
What made today so exceptional? Here are a few moments:
- The beaming smile from a (former struggling) writer when the teacher sent him online feedback on his well-written pages.
- The student, who after he read his story to us, said- “ I need to go back and make changes - there are some things that are not the way I want them.”
- The student (who wanted to work at home) “because I already have 9 pages and I am working slowly to make sure it is just right.”
- And finally, the group is one class realizing they could read each other’s stories in the online classroom library. “Read mine, read mine!”
It was a very special day.