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Reflective Summary - St Joseph's Catholic School, Paeroa

Reflective Summary St Joseph’s Paeroa

Context: Literacy – Writing from visual cues and using imagination to create a story for publication online.

  • Whole school initiative.
  • Create for a wider audience for their writing.
  • Thinking about the age appropriate language and material when publishing writing. 


ICT Facilitator initiative from request to assist with development student engagement and motivation for writing and to improve their computer drafting/editing and publishing.


Yr 3–8 students were introduced to Storybird – a story creator using real artists’ paintings.

The example in the link below was created by two 7 year old boys.

They were walked through the process prior to beginning their own story;

  • Worked in pairs of their choice – so they could work with their combined interests.
  • Choosing by theme or style of art from the collection.
  • Using their imagination to create a storyline for their proposed book.
  • Careful selection of individual paintings that best represented their intended storyline.
  • In writing their story they were expected to follow the conventions of good writing.
  • Language and length of sentences were dependent upon the audience level that they had chosen.
  • They were able to rearrange the pages (limited to six pages on initial book) to best sequence their storyline.
  • Final drafting and editing was required prior to publishing.
  • They had the option of private or public settings in the publication process.

Yr 0-8 students were introduced to Little Bird Tales – book creators where students can create their own images through a built in PAINT programme or choose photos from their own galleries.

  • For the Yr 0-2 students the programme was modelled with the students assisting in creating a class big book using photographs taken by a junior student of a recent visitor to their classroom – Perky the PukekoMatthew’s Pukeko
  • Students recorded their storyline on the inbuilt voice recorder with attention to volume, pace, clarity, intonation etc
  • Yr 3-8 students created and recorded their own stories/tales using their own art work or digital images/photos.
  • Stories were published on class account.
  • Students shared their published stories/books within their own classrooms.
  • Students were shown where comments could be written by others to encourage greater participation and engage with a global audience.


  • Students were extremely motivated and excited about writing and publishing their stories online.
  • This was a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of Cybersafety and not using their names, but working through the class account, safe non-deplume and password.
  • Students have shared their online books with their parents at home and several parents have created their own accounts for students to work on at home.
  • Student voice: 
  • "Can we go on Storybird everyday?
  • "It is fun."
  • "I have my own Storybird account that I use at home on my ipad."
  • "I like choosing the pictures then writing my own story to match them."

Next Steps:

  • Rather than giving free choice, books could be based around the current writing genre or school event/topic etc.
  • Longer books
  • Deeper storylines
  • More senior students to buddy with junior students and assist with story writing
  • Integrating this new skill/programme into task board activities during literacy
  • Wider sharing with parents/whanau at Open Days and Parent Interviews
  • Sharing at Cluster ICT sharing celebration day