Sharing Stories: Powerful Lessons in Digital Storytelling

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From the Cool Sites Series 

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

This week I am in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, presenting at the GAETC conference. It is one of the most organized and interesting conferences I’ve been to and they’ve had some incredible presenters/keynotes.

I had six sessions which you can read about here, http://teacherrebootcamp.com/tag/gaetc13. Here are the resources for the Digital Storytelling session in case you missed it. At GAETC, I tried collaborative note-taking with the 400 audience. We all took notes on one Google Doc. Scary, I know! However, it ended up being a great experience and many helped create notes and stories. Check out the document here, http://bit.ly/story1234. Thank you to Hannah Hussain @MeetMrsHussain, Sarabeth Holbert, Javaye Stubbs, Christen Brown, Charles Garrett @iCharlesTweets, Allison Brown, Jessica Bowen @jesslynnbowen, Darien Carruth, Melissa Turnipseed, Robin Thompson @crazymrst, Jennifer Cannon, Ashley Polito, Tracy Wilson, Tessie Robinson @tessie629, Amy Berra @superswiz, Carmen Williams, @BethuneES_APA, Pam, Bob @edubowman, and others who helped with the collaborative note-taking experience.

The Slides

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My Favorite Resources

  • Make Beliefs Comix- Two, three and four panel comics that you can create in multiple languages. 350+ free printables for teachers
  • Rreadwritethink.org- 100+ free interactives and quality lesson plans integrating technology and literacy.
  • Kerpoof- create videos, comics, and more with this free tool
  • Buncee- free iPod/iPad app that creates interactive posters and comics with a library of stickers, backgrounds, audio, images, and video. Super easy to use and embeds.
  • Favorite writing prompt sites aligned with the common core are John Spencer’sPhotoprompts and Luke Neff’s Image Writing Prompts.
  • Comics Head- IOS and Android app to make comics. Best one in my opinion that allows adding your own images along with their library of characters, backdrops, and more.
  • The Digital Storytelling Course Wiki - I helped organize and run this open online 5 week session for the last 2 years. You can check out the resources curated by over 500 teachers worldwide. We cover creative common music and images, comics, video, storybooks, and more!
  • Kathy Schrock’s Rubrics
  • My Digital Storytelling Symbaloos- Find a free tool or app for any digital storytelling project.

More Incredible Tools

Creaza- One of my favorite sites where you can create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! Embed in a blog or wiki.
GoAnimate- Choose from various characters, type in the dialogue, choose your background scene, and create a free fun movie.
DVolver- Choose from various characters, type in the dialogue, choose your background scene, and create a free fun movie.
ZimmerTwins- Choose from various characters, type in the dialogue, choose your background scene, and create a free fun movie.
PicLits- Drag and drop words unto a beautiful image.
Bubblr- create your comic strip with Flickr pictures and add bubbles to tell your story!
Comicmaster – Cool graphic novel creator.
Comic Strip Generator – You can upload photos or use web images in addition to their library of ready-to-use images
ToonDoo – the site allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic
OneTrueMedia – Mix your photos and pictures with text and animations.
Blabberize – Make your pictures talk
Smilebox – Create videos from your pictures and videos adding design and music. You download this software to your computer.
Glogster – Create and online poster with your videos.
VoiceThread for Educators-Interactive way to present stories and have parents and other students comment on the stories. Several options. Embed in a blog or wiki.
Storybird-Students create beautiful stories by choosing beautiful art and adding the words. Embed in a blog or wiki.
Voxopop – Construct audio stories.
5cardflicker – Tell your stories through flicker photos.
Zooburst – 3D pop up story creator.
Scholastic story starter – Start your story randomly.
Thestorystarter – Start your story randomly.
LittleBirdTales – Upload your picture, record your voice to tell your stories.
Animoto- Upload up images, choose a soundtrack from the library, many nice holiday tunes to choose from, and click a button to make a free short video online and on your mobile device.

Creative Commons Music and Images

Musicshake – Create copyright free music for your video.
Compfight – Search Flickr photos for your videos.
MorgueFile – Find free pictures for your videos.
Free Music Archive, and Jamendo, and Royalty Free Music are all great places for free creative commons music!
SoundBible - FreeSound – Free sound effects.

Digital Storytelling Apps and Tools


Find all these apps and bookmarks in this Pearl Tree, http://pear.ly/bx2tb! It’s a free mindmap of links. You click a pearl and it’ll expand into the resource. Works on mobile devices.
Digital storytelling in Integrating the Web / Shelly Sanchez Terrell (shellyterrell)

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Challenge:

Use one of these resources or ideas and share with me how the experience went with your learners.

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Motivated to Write: 30+ Resources

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 8.53.48 AMFrom the Cool Sites Series

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” ~ Vladimir Nabakov

This week I am in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, presenting at the GAETC conference. It is one of the most organized and interesting conferences I’ve been to and they’ve had some incredible presenters/keynotes, such as Chris Lehmann, Tony Vincent, Jerry Blumengarten, Nikki Roberts, Jamie Vanderbilt, Amanda Dykes, Kristy Vincent, etc. I’ve seen sessions from flipping the classroom to mobile learning to media literacy. Not to mention the teachers and people I’ve met in Georgia have been super nice. Each day, I am greeted 100 times by the people here. This has happened since I walked off the plane.

I had six sessions which you can read about here, Teacherrebootcamp.com/tag/gaetc13.  Here are the resources for the Motivated to Write session in case you missed it or in case you are just interested. At GAETC, I tried collaborative note-taking with the 400 audience. We all took notes on 1 Google Doc. Scary, I know! However, it ended up being a great experience and many helped create notes and stories. Check out the document here, http://bit.ly/gaetc1234. Thank you to @MeetMrsHussain, Beth Jackson, Judy Bausch, Katika,Tonisha, Edroce,  Ty, Amber, Greg Clark, Robin (@rdaugherty73), Amanda Coody, Gwen Thibadeau (@gwen.thibadeau), River Eves (@rwhite3787), Ann Alvarez (@alvie2304), Cody, Heidi Holcomb (@hjholc), and others who helped with the collaborative note-taking experience.

Slides

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My Favorite Resources

  • Make Beliefs Comix- Two, three and four panel comics that you can create in multiple languages. 350+ free printables for teachers
  • Rreadwritethink.org- 100+ free interactives and quality lesson plans integrating technology and literacy.
  • Kerpoof- create videos, comics, and more with this free tool
  • Buncee- free iPod/iPad app that creates interactive posters and comics with a library of stickers, backgrounds, audio, images, and video. Super easy to use and embeds.
  • Favorite writing prompt sites aligned with the common core are John Spencer’s Photoprompts and Luke Neff’s Image Writing Prompts.
  • Comics Head- IOS and Android app to make comics. Best one in my opinion that allows adding your own images along with their library of characters, backdrops, and more.
  • The Digital Storytelling Course Wiki - I helped organize and run this open online 5 week session for the last 2 years. You can check out the resources curated by over 500 teachers worldwide. We cover creative common music and images, comics, video, storybooks, and more!
  • Kathy Schrock’s Rubrics
  • My Digital Storytelling Symbaloos- Find a free tool or app for any digital storytelling project.
  • All the storyboarding worksheets can be found here,  http://stopmotionmovies.yolasite.com/

More Fantastic Resources

Find all my bookmarks in this Pearl Tree, http://pear.ly/bKdKD! It’s a free mindmap of links. You click a pearl and it’ll expand into the resource. Works on mobile devices.

Challenge:

Use one of these resources or ideas and share with me how the experience went with your learners.

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20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps

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“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

We learn through the process of storytelling. Stories give learners a context for knowledge gained and a way to visualize concepts and ideas. Educators can use storytelling to teach any subject and engage students. In addition, teaching our learners to be great storytellers helps give them confidence because they are allowed to be creative and share a part of themselves. In their stories, they can always be the hero. Below are a few online tools and mobile apps to help your learners create digital books. There are 100s of digital storytelling tools and apps I have written about here, but in this post I am focusing on tools in which you create digital books. Storybook apps and tools make it possible for learners to share a complete narrative. Storybook creation tools tend to be very easy to use and are a safe way to publish work online, since students usually contribute only text and images. Check out my recent webinar recording filled with lesson ideas.  Below, I have included the slide presentation. In future posts, I will share tools for creating stories with video tools and multimedia apps.

Storybook Creation Webtools

  • Zooburst- My favorite storybook creation tool. The web tool is absolutely amazing and fantastic for students to create online 3D pop-up books they can embed, add their own photos to, and create written dialogues for.  They can interact with their story using the Augmented Reality option. The free iPad app allows students to read the stories made and students scan Zooburst Story Codes to read the digital story made online.
  • Little Bird Tales- Students can draw their own art or upload images to create a book where they add their voice and text to narrate their story. Then they can embed, create PDFs and MP4s of their stories. Available for i-devices for $2.99 but the web tool allows for the creation of free stories.
  • Storybird-Perhaps the easiest storybook creation tool! Students create beautiful stories by choosing beautiful art and adding the words. Embed in a blog or wiki.
  • MixBook- Students can upload their pictures, choose from a variety of themes, backgrounds, text, and stickers. It’s a digital scrapbook that’s embeddable
  • Kerpoof- Create a story with a template. Students choose what kind of plot line then choose from a variety of characters. Also has options for creating a movie, drawing a picture, or making an ecard.
  • Bookr- Students choose from Flickr pics. They can upload their Flickr pics. They create the text, embeddable
  • UTellStory- Create a digital story with photos, video, voice, music and words,  embeddable
  • Storyjumper- Similar to Storybird. Students choose from art collections by artists, create the text, not embeddable like Storybird
  • Panraven- Students upload their pictures , create the text, embeddable
  • BoomWriter- Easiest way to get your students to create a collaborative book for the whole class, with another class, or in small groups. Students collaboratively create a book then vote on which chapters should be included in the finished product
  • Picture Book Maker- Create a beautiful children’s book by choosing characters and props and creating the text. The end product looks like a real book that children can order.
  • Simple Booklet- Create flip books with beautiful images and text. This is more ideal for teens to adults. No registration required.
  • The Art of Storytelling- Create books by choosing works of art. Record yourself telling the story
  • Dr. Seuss Story Creator- Choose music, text, backgrounds and feature some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
  • Where Did the River Go- Students read interactive story adventure then can change the story
  • Pinky Dinky Doo- For kids. Children pick what kind of story to create then they fill in gaps in a story that has characters and a plot line.
  • Storymaker by British Council- This is more of a story generator. Students get to choose the type of story then choose various elements of a story that has already been created.

Storybook Creation Apps

  • Storypanda-  Features books with tap, swipe, and drag. Choose backgrounds and characters, etc. Kids can place themselves into the story or create their own stories.
  • StoryKit- Create an electronic storybook by drawing on the screen, uploading images, recording sound effects and voice, laying out the elements of the story (text boxes, images, paint, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize, reordering pages, and uploading to the StoryKit web server. Email a link to the story. The application includes four public domain children’s books to rewrite and rearrange into a new story. Available on the iPad and iPod.
  • StoryBots- create books on the iPad starring the student! The app is free for the iPad. Includes animations and art. Various options to purchase the book.
  • Flying Books App-(free, i-devices)Multimedia books offered in English, French, Spanish and German. Kids listen to an expert narrator or read on their own. Record a story or create personalized books with artwork and photos.
  • Picture Book- Create a picture book with your photos and text or choose from a variety of stickers, templates, and pictures. For idevices
  • Bunsella Bedtimes Story- students narrate a children’s story, can upload personal photos that become part of the story, then email the video of the narrated story. Others can respond to these read stories. Available on i-devices.
  • Mooklet for iPhone- create photo stories with text.

More Resources

Check out over 50 of my bookmarks on PearlTrees.

Digital storytelling in Integrating the Web / Shelly Sanchez Terrell (shellyterrell)

Challenge:

Try any of these tools with your students and share what occurred.

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20+ Apps to Support the Digital Storytelling Process

Throughout history, people have learned through stories. The metaphors and hidden messages help us to understand difficult concepts and themes. Additionally, stories help us visualize material and help us tie knowledge with our experiences. Educators now have 100s of fantastic free online tools to help their students create and learn through digital storytelling. Many of these online tools have free apps available on i-devices and Android devices. Through digital storytelling we motivate our learners to apply, contextualize, visualize, and personalize the knowledge they learn. With a mobile device it is hands-on and students can incorporate images, sound-bytes, and videos they create on the go. Below are some great free apps to help you begin creating digital stories with your learners. For plot ideas and how to organize a digital storytelling project, check out my slide presentation I recently gave at the Global Education Conference. Access the free recording of the presentation, here!

 

Digital Storytelling Apps

PhotoPeach App- Upload images, enter text, and add music to create a dynamic slideshow. Available on the iPad.
Capzles App- Upload images, audio, video, text, and documents to create a multimedia timeline of events. Available on i-devices.
Toontastic-  This app is designed to walk students through the storytelling process of choosing a scene, climax, setting, conflict, and characters. Students even choose music to match the characters’ emotions and create a digital storytelling video that is shared on their global digital storytelling online channel where the students win badges for their creations. Available on the iPad and iPod.
Story Wheel- an educational game in which players record a story by spinning the wheel to get a picture, and then narrate a portion of the story. Students can listen to their story with beautifully animated pictures.
StoryBots- create books on the iPad starring the student! The app is free for the iPad. Includes animations and art. Various options to purchase the book.
Tom Loves Angela- This has got to be one of the cutest apps. Students can create a video of Talking Tom trying to woo Angela. Tom repeats what students tell him to Angela, he sings songs, and can even repeat text typed to him. Angela is the first intelligent responding character of the series and will respond to questions and topics as in a conversation. This option you have to pay for. Students can create a video they email or upload to Youtube. The app is free for Android but you have to pay for i-devices $0.99 to $2.99.
Posterous- With this app, learners can include a mix of text, photos, audio, and videos as well as tags and location information in a blog post. Share immediately on Facebook and Twitter! Even allow others to add to your posts (set this up through the web app vs. the mobile app). Free version available online as well as various mobile devices including the iPhone, iPod, Android, and Blackberry.
StoryRobe- It’s incredibly easy for children and adults to create audio/visual stories on the iPhone and iPod Touch using this app. Use the built in microphone, or any 3rd party microphone to create audio recordings with photos and videos. You have the option to upload to Youtube or send it through e-mail. If it’s in their e-mail, then the parents can easily e-mail their child’s production to their friends! You don’t need an Internet connection to create the stories, but you do to send them! Available on the iPad and iPod.
Splice- Best video editing app for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad that is free. Add audio, transitions, images, and more.
Fotobabble- It’s incredibly easy for children and adults to create audio/visual stories on the iPhone and iPod Touch using this app. Use the built in microphone, or any 3rd party microphone to create audio recordings with photos.
Sock Puppets- If you enjoy playing with sock puppets, you’ll love this app that allows students to create a sock puppet show. Choose the sock puppet characters, personalize the characters by adding your voice, select the scene and props, and record a video. Send this by email or upload to Youtube. Watch this great example. Available on the iPad and iPod.
Puppet Pals- Choose the western characters, personalize the characters by adding your voice, select the scene and props, and record a video. Send this by email or upload to Youtube. Available on the iPad and iPod.
StoryKit- Create an electronic storybook by drawing on the screen, uploading images, recording sound effects and voice, laying out the elements of the story (text boxes, images, paint, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize, reordering pages, and uploading to the StoryKit web server. Email a link to the story. The application includes four public domain children’s books to rewrite and rearrange into a new story. Available on the iPad and iPod.
Animoto- Upload up to 10 images, choose a soundtrack from the library (many nice holiday tunes to choose from, and click a button to make a 30-second video. Sync your videos with your Animoto.com account, download videos for offline viewing, and make longer ones with an All-Access Pass. Available on the idevices and Android.
Voicethread- upload an image, text, or video. Invite others to comment through doodling, text, video, or audio. Available on i-devices.
Create A Comic App- free comic creation app for Android and i-devices.
Videolicious- video creation in 3 easy steps. For i-devices.
Talking Tom & Ben News Reporters- students create dialogues that reflect any news item worldwide and around the school. Kids will love when Tom and Ben report that news. The video they upload of the event shows in the middle while Tom and Ben narrate what is happening. Available for i-devices and Android.
Pocket Wave for iPad- Incredible sound editor that has many features similar to Audacity. Also allows you to download the sound clip in various forms- wav, mp3, etc.
Storyboarding 3D app- Create characters and stage them as you plan your story. You have a large database of characters, props, accessories, and movements to choose from. Your storyboards export as pdfs that can be mailed to you. This is only for the iPad and i-devices.
Popplet- Great app for i-devices that allows collaborative mindmapping. This is great for the brainstorming stages of planning a digital storytelling project. The free version only allows the creation of one mindmap.
Qwiki for the iPad- add narration to pictures, videos, etc. that talk about history and facts. Watch other Qwikis to discover information and do research in an interactive way
AudioBoo- Share audio stories in this online community. Go an extra step and create a qr code and have students scan and listen to the stories. Available for i-devices, Android, and Nokia.
Zooburst- This allows you to view on iPad the stories made with this 3D pop-up book online tool. You can’t create stories but if you scan Zooburst Story Codes you will see the digital story you made online on your iPad. The web tool is absolutely amazing and fantastic for students to create online 3D pop-up books they can embed, add their own photos to, and create dialogues for.
Bunsella Bedtimes Story- students narrate a children’s story, can upload personal photos that become part of the story, then email the video of the narrated story. Others can respond to these read stories. Available on i-devices.
Little Bird Tales- Students can draw their own art or upload images to create a book where they add their voice and text to narrate their story. Then they can embed, create PDFs and MP4s of their stories. Available for i-devices for $2.99 but the web tool allows for the creation of free stories.

Free ebooks & resources

Digital Storytelling Tools by Silvia Tolisano
Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources by Shelly Terrell
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom by MicroSoft
Post: Engaging Learners Through Digital Storytelling: 40+ Resources
Post: 20+ Free Apps that Promote Student Literacy

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20+ Fun Free Apps that Promote Student Centered Learning & Literacy

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Lately, I have discovered many cool free apps that are incredible for creating digital stories, reading stories, and interacting with stories. These apps are incredibly engaging and meet the needs of our diverse learners. They allow learners to interact with the plot, characters, and even design of the story. They also support multiple learning styles because they are visual, have sound, and animation. Students can even begin to craft their own stories using their voices, drawings, images, videos, and so much more! Check out my Symbaloo of apps and the apps in my MentorMob playlist.

Lesson Ideas

Below are a list of the apps and a few activities. You can visit each app by clicking on the playlist above.

  • Sock Puppets- great for collaborative stories in pairs.
  • Puppet Pals
  • Animoto Video Creation App
  • Shmuppet – students create a podcast or tell a short story with a puppet and send them to their friends via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Bunsella Bedtimes Story- students narrate a children’s story and send to a children’s class in the local elementary or a younger brother or sister or for children in another country. They children then can respond to these read stories.
  • Audioboo- create a podcast of local news around the school
  • Comic Head Android & IOS App- students can create comics about any topic you choose
  • Talking Tom & Ben News Reporters- students create dialogues that reflect any news item worldwide and around the school. Kids will love when Tom and Ben report that news.
  • Bubble And Pebble Story- kids will love helping these lovable characters undergo adventures. Kids can then create their own Bubble and Pebble drawings of a new adventure then share these stories and drawings with their peers.
  • Toontastic – students can create stories based on cartoon characters.
  • Journal Jar – students simply shake this app to get a writing prompt. Give them about 5 to 10 minutes to come up with stories based on this prompt.
  • StoryKit App- students can create detailed books about their lives, what they imagine, or change the ending of a classic story. This app allows students to take old classic books like the 3 Little Pigs and edit the pages. Students can even tell the story from a different point-of-view.
  • Fotobabble App- students take a picture and tell the story of that picture. Have students take a picture of their favorite place and talk about it or if you are reading a story, have your students take a picture that reminds them of a scene from the story and explain why they chose that picture.
  • VoiceThread- students can post videos, drawings, images and more then have their classmates comment on what they upload.
  • Videolicious- have students create video stories about themselves. They can try a 3,2,1 introduction where they list 3 places they would like to visit, 2 of their hobbies, and 1 embarrassing moment.

Challenge:

Use one of these ideas in your classes!

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