For this assignment I created a digital story using Storybird. With our school moving to one-on-one IPads next year, I thought this was a neat way for students to share their stories in a creative fashion. I must admit that creating this story was at first tedious. I had to learn how to view the artwork and then determine which pieces met the criteria of the story I had created. This process required a level of critical thinking which will be beneficial to students; for, they too must judge the best fit for their story. I would also like to add that I selected the illustrations of Nidhi Chanani (a contributor on Storybird), who is an artist and designer who was born in Calcutta. Being that I currently reside in India I felt a connection to her work. If I had any suggestions for the creators of Storybird it would be to add the option of including music or narration. If you are an educator, read what your colleagues are saying about Storybird.
This digital story provides students with some quick tips about living a balanced life while meeting the requirements of their education and taking responsibility for their learning. Specifically it provides a strategy that allows students to prioritize their assignments and maximize their learning. I found the quote by Denis Waitley befitting, “Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.”