Quick Glance Storybird Guide What is Storybird? Why Should Teachers Use It? Create. Read. Share. Storybird is a collaborative Storybird differs from all other storywriting tools by keeping storywriting website that embodies all three of these the writing environment uncluttered and simple. Students of ideas. Born as a way to inspire storytelling with almost any age can easily use the professionally designed art children, Storybird allows you to easily create and on the site to create and then share their stories. Students collaborate on powerful, professional looking stories don’t get lost in the unproductive and distracting task of using artwork provided by a growing and diverse choosing fonts, drawing pictures and other elements that group of professional artists. provide so many distractions from the importance of creating richly detailed, focused stories. Using Storybird From the main page, click on “Sign up” to create an account or simply click on the Start a Storybird Now to start writing your story. Once you’re ready to go, you will be given the option to select art for your story by artist or by theme. You can find more possibilities by selecting the “See more . . . “ option. The artist option will give you all the art produced by that specific artist. Themes will provide you with a selection of images from within the entire collection linked with that specific theme. The Main Window Picking your art will then take you to the main writing area. Preview Preview your story by clicking on the icon. Save Storybird saves your Artwork stories Your automatically selected or you can artwork. save manually Click to see by clicking larger image “Save”. or drag image onto Menu Options canvass. A “Invite box will someone” will appear allow someone indicating to collaborate where the with you on image will the story. be placed. Clink and “Publish” will drag also place story in allows you the Read to move section of the artwork site for others around. to enjoy. “Save and Close” allows you to exit the Storywriter area after Page Organizer Story Canvass saving. Shows a listing of your current pages. Click and drag Box will appear indicating pages to change order. Use back and forward buttons to area for text depending on see pages out of view. Cover will appear automatically. placement of images. Quick Glance Storybird Guide Unpublished Storybirds All unpublished stories are placed in this area. If you are collaborating with someone on a story, an indicator will display Your Account stating whose turn it is to write. Once you are logged in, clicking “You” brings Clicking “Details” will give further information as well as more you to your account. This area lists books you options including changing covers and deleting the story. have published, books you are still working on or waiting for input from a collaborator and a Reading List for books written by others that you want to enjoy later. While you may only see a few of your items, “See all” will display all works for that section. Published Storybirds Stories that have been published get placed this area. Clicking “See Invite someone all” will display all your stories plus additional information including Storybird allows people to collaborate on a story whether the story is public/private, how many views it has had and the each person taking turns to add to the story number of people who have commented on the story. Stories remain until completed. To collaborate, choose “Invite private until 1) they have been moderated and 2) the author has someone” from the menu in the story writing changed the setting to “public”. area or from the Unpublished Storybird area. Clicking on the individual stories will give you more information and On the next page, fill in the appropriate details show comments for that story. You can also access further options by to start collaborating. clicking on Edit stories or Edit details under “About this Storybird”. Sharing options are located at the top of the individual story pages. You can share through facebook, twitter, stumbleupon or by email. You can also embed the story in a blog or website by clicking the link and copying/pasting the code on your website. Read One of the exciting parts of Storybird is seeing your works published and shared with others. Your Reading List The “Read” section of the website collects and Stories you have favorited are saved in organizes all the published stories into this area. Featured Storybirds, New and Noted, Featured Author, and Recent Storybirds. Featured Storybirds are selected by the Storybird team as stories that the Storybird team are excited about and are noteworthy for being well-crafted stories. New and Noted are stories that have just been Using the search menu at top of the screen, you recently published and gain are chosen by the can search for writers and artists by name, Storybird team as being well-written. specific themes in art and Storybirds by title. Type in what you are searching for and click on Featured Authors highlights an author each the blue menu arrow to select the type of week that has created a portfolio of work that is search. an example of powerful storytelling and exceptional use of the Storybird tools to craft stories. Recent Storybirds contain all published stories and can be filtered by those stories that are recent additions, those that are being Need More Information? commented on actively by the Storybird community and those stories that are heavily Check out http://storybird.com/faq/#finding-storybirds viewed or popular. Want to Get Started? Go to Storybird.com and get inspired!