Storybird
http://storybird.com/
Storybirds are stories that you create on your own or with others. You choose a collection of artwork. Then you place the pictures on the pages and write the story. It is easy to switch turns with another user so you can collaborate on the story. These can be embedded and printing of books is coming soon.

Teachers are now able to create free accounts for students. The same usernames and passwords that the students use for the server and Moodle. Teachers are able to create assignments so that when the students log in, they can find out what they are to do. Storybird is easy to navigate, can be embedded on websites, wikis and blogs and allow the students to be creative while practicing valuable writing skills.

Storybird reviews all the storybirds that are published. If they find anything that is inappropriate in any way, they will not publish it and will send a message to you to explain.

You can also browse and read other Storybirds.

This is what it looks like as you are editing:
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Example of assignment:
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A Storybird that was passed back and forth between a group in Mrs. Plever's second grade class and a group in Mrs. Griffith's second grade in NY. They connected via Skype at the beginning and end. The artist who created the pictures for the collection found the book and contacted us. He Skyped into the class to talk about being an artist and answered many questions. He also sent an original painting inspired by the story written by the students.
Mr. Bobblehead's New Gadget and the Valentine's Surprise by kditzler, jgriffith2 on Storybird
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Blog about the Project: http://blog.storybird.com/2010/06/collaborative-storytelling%E2%80%94teacher-edition/

The third grade students at Hillside wrote Storybirds by passing them back and forth with students in Wisconsin. They were placed into groups and paired with a group at Horace Mann Elementary. Over a few weeks, they took turns choosing artwork and adding to the stories. The Patriot News even ran a story about the project.
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The Sweetest Teacher Ever A Story Written by Third Grade Students in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by thirdgrade on Storybird
Bedtime Story Written by Third Grade Students in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by thirdgrade on Storybird
The Monsters A Story Written by Third Grade Students in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by thirdgrade on Storybird