The Effectiveness of Storybird Platform for Improving Students’ Writing Skill in Recount

Christianti Tri Hapsari, Femy Seniwegiasari, Nur Alviyanti Fauzi


Writing in the 21st century enables writers to employ many types of digital technology and social
networking. The writers are everywhere as well as the readers. The new concept of writ ing is to
share, to encourage dialogue, and importantly to participate (Yancey 2009, p.4). There is a tool that
meets those concepts, namely storybird. Storybird, describing itself as ―collaborative storytelling‖, is a
social media service that allows users to create a story to connect with users regardless of ages and
places. ―Two people author a Storybird—one with words, one with pictures—and then share it with their
network. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared through a
worldwide library.‖ (Storybird, 2009). Based on those facts, a study to investigate the effectiveness of
using storybird platform for improving students’ writing skill is important. The samples were
collected from 10 students of tenth grade of senior high school by using non random sampling. The
research method was a quasi experimental study. The data was analyzed by using t-test. The result of the
study showed that the use of ―Story Bird Platform‖ was effective to improve writing skill.
Keywords: recount, storybird, writing

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