Little Bird Tales is a free online tool designed to let pupils create stories combining their voice with text and their images (either uploaded or created online with an artpad within the Little Bird Tales site).
Little Bird Tales is ideally suited to use in a primary classroom. A teacher creates an account and provides pupils with a login code. This means the work of pupils can be seen by the teacher but only made public if this is desired when the pupil feels it is ready and when the teacher makes it public. The moderation of public content within Little Bird Tales means the content is suitable for the youngest of pupils.
To create a story the pupil logs in with the teacher-provided code and then can choose to type text (though this is not required), and add audio and images. The Little Bird Tales tool requests access to the PC microphone but does not enable any webcam so that only audio is recorded. Pupils can upload images they have created with any art program (click here for free online art-creation tools suitable for use by pupils), or photographs of artwork they have created, or they can use the Little Bird Tales art editor online tool to draw their own images on screen.
Pupils then create different pages, speak into the microphone to record themselves speaking and move on each page of their story, displaying pictures to accompany their voice as they go.
The end results can be saved at any time for future editing. Once completed they can be embedded into a class blog or school website if desired. And the teacher can make them visible on the Little Bird Tales website if they wish.
Katy Scott has created a step-by-step guide for teachers to create their first Little Bird Tales and set up ready for use by their pupils.
Watch the video below for an introduction to the use of Little Bird Tales:
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Kelly Tenkely has written here about various uses to which Little Bird Tales could be put across the curriculum for different purposes.
A great tool for use by individual pupils or for collaborative story-telling, or to create a narrated slide-show of images for any topic.
7 web-based tools for creating short videos with audio – a post by Richard Byrne which describes seven free to use online tools which let you upload slides or images and add audio narration or music to create short videos with pupil voice.