Category Archives: Digital Storytelling

Elegy for a Dead World – Writing as Gaming

The son, Goat 2, over at Learning, Play, Etc. has gotten my attention with a new game called Elegy for Dead Planet. The concept is fascinating, “Explore dead civilizations, write about what you find, and share your stories with the world.” It is not yet launched but appears to intertwine a gaming story with prompts for the gamer to complete and share. I could see my Tech Club running wild with this and even mElegy for a Dead World - Who is Shey most reluctant writers in my regular class could easily be sucked in. I just hope there is an opportunity to pilot the game in the classroom. As of yet, there seems to be no link for educators. Perhaps this will be another sneak attack like MinecraftEDU. My fingers are crossed that they will offer a trial for education. This could really inspire my students!

For an introductory video, see – https://youtu.be/bfps2HKE4B4

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DoGo News

Oh yeah! All the news that’s fit to be read by children! The editors of this site include children and adults. One of the editors is a 14-year-old whose claim to fame is his great duct tape ties! This would be a nice safe homepage for your classroom desk top. I’ll be asking my student of the day to choose their favorite “news” story to report on. This could be a great idea generator for writing and research. These may not be the current headlines, but they are definitely news.

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Voicethread

A demonstration of Voicethread is here.
An example of Voicethread to discuss digital storytelling.
Finally, here’s an example from some French children about some English limericks they have created.
There are plenty of examples all over the internet using this great tool in the classroom. I can think of plenty more!
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Tonight Jason in Denver e-mailed with an update on , what else, his voicethread. Let’s explore his Daddy Duty story together!

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Tag Galaxy to Search Flickr

Need a fabulous way to collect pictures for a presentation? Want to get your students revved up about a new topic? Try Tag Galaxy You put in a tag and photos start building to a giant planet. If your tag is very general, say “animals”, surrounding your giant planet, will be smaller planets such as “zoo”, “pets” etc. to refine the search. By clicking on your planet, you can make it spin around to view more photos or click on a photo and it will enlarge and may give further information. Try this. It’s super-cool!

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Animoto

Another tool for making simple videos, long or short. This is a link to one I made in honor of my first car, a ’73 Fiat. It was pea green and not much to look at. When you hit a pothole, the windows fell open and the radio station changed, but I loved it. Unfortunately, I have no pictures so I had to pick and choose through flicker and add some stock images from Animoto. This video is nothing to write home about, but it gives you the idea: My First Car

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Makin’ Movies with Kids

Beth Newingham has terrific examples of using video with her students. They have created a variety of movies putting their writing and organizational skills into practice while expressing their creativity. What an inspiration! She offers help and advice to get started with your own movies.

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Teachers’ Domain

Teachers’ Domain provides free resources from PBS. There are podcasts, videos, and lessons all sorted by grade level and topic.

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