Storybooth is a website that gives students voice in a unique way. Students who are registered can record stories and submit them. The Storybooth team chooses submissions to animate and produce as videos with the original narration on the site. It reminds me a bit of the StoryCorps animated videos – just designed for a younger audience.
As an elementary teacher, I would probably not assign my class to record personal narratives on Storybooth. Instead, I see myself using some of the videos as a resource for inspirational stories to show my students. I would urge you to choose carefully, as there is a wide range of topics from cyberbullying to dealing with getting your period for the first time. If you are a secondary teacher, or a parent or educator who knows a particular student who has a story to tell, however, you might consider encouraging that child to make a submission. Having your story chosen to be animated is surely a very validating experience!
Below is an example of one Storybooth video that I think would be valuable to show students of any age. If you are doing a lesson on Growth Mindset, friendship, or empathy, “I Wish I Was Invisible” would fit right in.
For more videos, visit the Storybooth website, or you can also check my Pinterest Board of Inspirational Videos for Students.