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Storytelling Prompts for Kids - Tell Me A Story. Time for the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids. The theme for November is Fairy Tales, Fables and Fractured Fairy Tales. My daughters have actually been reading quite a few fairy tale chapter books lately. There is something about fairy tales and fables that is always appealing to children.

My youngest daughter came across the book “Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer” by JT Petty and illustrated by Will Davis. Storytelling plays an important part in the book, Clemency’s family likes to sit around telling stories. So, I put together these simple storytelling prompts for kids. When Clemency is attacked by an evil fairy, she remembers the tale of Peter Pan, as her father had told her one evening.

Tell Me A Story – Storytelling Prompts for Kids First, print off the storytelling prompts. tell me a story – storytelling prompt.doc Next, cut out the prompts, fold them and place them inside a jar or bag. what did you see? We would love for you to participate too. Story Map. The Story Map interactive includes a set of graphic organizers designed to assist teachers and students in prewriting and postreading activities.

The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Students can develop multiple characters, for example, in preparation for writing their own fiction, or they may reflect on and further develop characters from stories they have read. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. The versatility of this tool allows it to be used in multiple contexts. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Collaborative Stories 1: Prewriting and Drafting Students hone their teamwork skills and play off each other's writing strengths as they participate in prewriting activities for a story to be written collaboratively by the whole class. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Unit back to top. Awesome Visual Featuring 13 Important Google Search Tips for Students. February 7, 2015 Here is a new interesting visual on Google search tips that I want to bring to your attention.

The visual features 13 practical features that would allow students to conduct smart and time-saving searches on Google. We have already covered these and several other tips in previous posts here in this blog, but it would not hurt to remind our students of the rules of Google’s search game. The tips featured in this visual include: How to define a word How to search for words in the same orderHow to exclude certain wordsHow to search within a range of priceshow to search within a websiteFill in the blanksSearch by file typeHow to set a timerDo mathHow to convert currencyHow to find a GIFHow to search by title Source of the visual: Veravo Courtesy of Learning Infographics.

The 8 Digital Literacy Practices Required for 21st Century Learners. January 4, 2015 Theoretically speaking, digital literacy is a concept that is in constant flux. It is perpetually shifting and expanding to include new practices and skills afforded by new emerging technologies. In their excellent book "Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction", authors Jones and Hafner provide a detailed analysis of what it means to be a digitally literate in the light of the social media revolution and the widespread of web 2.0 technologies.

As I was perusing it today, I came across this section in chapter one where the authors talk about the different digital literacy practices that are required to thrive in this digitally-focused era. Here is a quick overview of these practices: The ability to quickly search though and evaluate great masses of information. Online Safety: A Teacher’s Guide to Dealing with Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Privacy. Social media and text messages have blurred the lines between students’ school lives and private lives. While most schools take clear steps to protect students at school, more schools are beginning to consider the need to set policies that apply to students’ activities outside of school.

When it comes to questionable online activities like cyberbullying and sexting, kids sometimes feel pressured to follow the crowd. Teachers can play a crucial role in setting high expectations for online behavior. Schools can open conversations about online safety so that students learn to set personal boundaries and feel more comfortable reporting incidents like bullying and harassment. Image via Flickr by Brad Flickinger. Privacy Since the birth of the Internet, adults have been worried about kids sharing too much online. On the plus side, teens are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect themselves online. What can you do? Have students commit to following school rules. Cyberbullying Sexting. The 8 Steps of A Great Digital Storytelling Process. March , 2014 Integrating digital storytelling requires more than just knowledge of the web tools to use for creating and sharing digital stories, the process if much more important.

Helping kids and students learn through the use of digital storytelling entails the implementation of a well-paced plan that clearly outlines both the objectives and expectations behind this integration. Samantha Morra (Google certified teacher) has this wonderful visual on the process of digital storytelling. This process comprises 8 steps : Come with an ideaResearch/explore and learnWrite/ScriptStoryboard/PlanGather/create images, gather/create audio, gather create video.Put it all togetherShareFeedback and reflect If you are looking for some web tools for teaching digital storytelling, I would recommend this page.

Some Very Good Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Comics to Use in Class. November 19, 2015 Using comics in your instruction can be a great way to engage students in learning activities and boost their motivation. There is a wide variety of web-based tools and mobiles apps that make comics creation a simple and easy drag and drop process. Students can use them to unleash their imaginative potential and experiment with a number of various multimodal creative activities. In today’s post, we are sharing with you some examples of web tools and apps you can use with your students in class to create beautiful educational comics. I. Web-based Tools for Creating Comic Strips 1- Make Beliefs Comix This is a great platform that students can use to practice their writing through generating strip comics. 2- Storyboardthat StoryboardThat is another good option for creating comic strips for students. 3- Comic Master Comic Master provides students with a rich library of backgrounds and characters that they can use to create comic books and graphic novels. 4- Chogger 6- My Sketch.

Zing! - Thousands of Free eBooks for Students. Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet. Zing is more than just a repository of free ebooks. In the Zing reader students will find a built-in dictionary and tools for taking notes while they read. Applications for Education If you create an accounts on Zing you will be able to create Zing classrooms. In those classrooms you can create and manage accounts for students. Through your Zing classroom portal you can check your students' reading logs. I like the potential that Zing is showing.

Top Free Reading Apps - Rachel K Tutoring Blog. These Top Free Reading Apps are a fun way for K-5 students to practice their reading skills! These definitely can come in handy during reading workshop, reading time at home, tutoring sessions, long road trips, etc. These apps provide practice with sight words, phonics, grammar, and more. I especially love the storybook apps where interactive stories are narrated.

This will help struggling readers build fluency while they follow along. I like to use these in my tutoring sessions because sometimes they are just a bit more exciting than me reading to my students :) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Do you like free apps? Free Sight Word Apps Free Elementary Language Arts Apps Best Tools To Level Books Also be sure to follow my Literacy Apps Pinterest board that I will keep adding to! Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout. Storyboards in the Classroom - A Webinar Recording. Digital Storytelling: What it is… And… What it is NOT | Tech Learning.

I was lucky to have shared my childhood bedroom for a few years with my grandmother, when she had come to live with us after an illness. At bedtime, she would tell me stories of her parents and three brothers and growing up in East Prussia, fleeing to the West after WW2 and the things that occupied her mind. I was hooked on storytelling. The fascination grew when technology became available and opened up possibilities that were just not possible before. I would give anything to have been able to record my grandmother’s stories and have shared them with my own children years later. Humans are natural storytellers. It has been THE FORM of passing on knowledge from generation to generation. Storytelling existed in some shape or form in all civilizations across time. Maybe as part of a natural process, we tend to stick first to the familiar and “substitute” our task (see Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model).

Over the years, I have seen in classrooms and created myself many stories, that are: All Topics. National Geographic. Free tools to create comic strips. Creating cartoons and comic strips for educational uses can be quite interesting task. It obviously pushes the reluctant students to participate more and rub the dust off their brains. Students love to work in groups and compete with each other especially when there are motivating incentives for them. One of these incentives is the integration of comic strips into parts of your lesson. Thanks to web 2.0 technologies , educators and teachers will never run short of new innovative ideas. 1- Witty Comics Witty Comics is a cool website. Pixton is a cartoon creation tool that allows its users to create awesome comics. 3- Make Belief Make Beliefs is another awesome comic strip creation tool. 4- Chogger Choggers has a good editing tool that allows users to create their own cartoons out of imported photos. 5- Cartoon for The Classroom Cartoon for the Classroom is a great resource of comic strips for educators and teachers. 6- Anmish Anmish is a fun web application.

Write Comics. Comic Builder. ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! Here Is A Great App for Creating Comic Books with Students. June, 2015 We want to draw your attention in today’s post to this excellent iPad app that is free now for a limited time. Halftone 2 is a very good comic book creator app that you can use with students to create comic and scrap books using photos and sound effects. The process of creating a comic book using Halftone 2 is simple and easy: Choose a page layout from the selection provided there, then import your photos from your photo library, Facebook or Flickr. Customize the look of your images using Aviary’s photo editing tools that include things such as automatic enhancements, filter effects, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, redeye, whiten, blemish, and selective focus.

You can also add captions and speech bubbles to your photos or choose from over 80 professionally-designed graphical shapes. Next, mix in some sound effects then share your creation as an image, multi-page document, or high-definition video. Other features provided by Halftone 2 include: Book Creator is Now Available on Windows for Free. June, 2015 More than 15 million ebooks have been made with Book Creator for iPad and Android, and now the popular classroom app is receiving a Windows makeover and is available on desktop devices for the first time. The app is now free on the Windows for a limited time. Book Creator for Windows takes a blank-canvas approach to creativity that makes publishing and sharing ebooks easier than ever. With a simple and intuitive design, people of all ages can create their own international standard ePub files, and with a couple of clicks can become published authors.

With Book Creator for Windows you can: Create books on a Windows tablet, laptop or desktop with an easy-to-use interface. Lastenkirjahylly: Julkaisutahti tiuhentuu ja uudetkin tekijät ovat jo entuudestaan tuttuja: Syksyn tulevan lasten- ja nuortenkirjasadon zuumailua, osa 2. Kolmen suurimman, eli Otavan, Tammen ja WSOY:n syksyn uutuusluetteloista on poimittu rouva Huun tärppejä kaikkien lasten- ja nuortenkirjaentusiastien iloksi. Samalla luodataan vähän trendejä ja kustannusmaailman liikahduksia. Rouva Huu ei ole vielä(kään) päässyt sinuiksi kirja.fi-palvelusta löytyvien Tammen, WSOY:n, Liken, Johny Knigan, Siltalan ja Paasilinnan sähköisten uutuusluetteloiden kanssa. Saattaa olla, että ongelma kilpistyy osittain myös työhuoneen hataraan nettiyhteyteen tai jonkinasteiseen hahmotushäiriööni, mene ja tiedä. Mutta en taida siltikään olla tämän ongelmani kanssa ihan yksin? Kuinka moni kiinnostava uutuuskirja jää ansiottaan katveeseen kustantajien lyhytnäköisen markkinointiin kohdistuvan säästön takia?

Ymmärrän toki joiltain osin kustantajien motiivit. Uutuusluetteloista on tullut nykyisin monivärisiä ja liimasidottuja yli satasivuisia paksuja luetteloita, joiden paino- ja postituskustannuksilla ajatellaan varmaan säästettävän rutkasti rahaa. J. 7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer. The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve.

It’s why people can sit on a draft for weeks—every time they take “one more look,” they can find a way to make it better. While it’s definitely a fun challenge to see how long you can keep finessing your work, it’s not always practical. After all, your boss usually doesn’t want you working on that press release for weeks on end while you try to brainstorm the perfect opening line.

Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there that can speed the editing process up and make you more confident about the work you’re submitting. 1. As much as Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect function annoys us, we must admit to missing those green and red squiggly lines when we’re writing online. Enter: Grammarly (for Chrome users). 2. If you struggle with being long-winded, Hemingway could be a game changer. 3. Searching “best writing advice” on Google will, sadly, not always bring you the best writing advice. 4. 5. 7. Photos du journal - Educational Technology. Create a Radio Show. Digital Storytelling Finland - Digitaalinen tarinankerronta - Digitalt berättande. Sarjakuvien käyttö opetuksessa. About MakeBeliefComix.com and Apple Devices. Sarjakuvien käyttö opetuksessa. MyStorybook.com | Make Kids' Books Online For Free! StoryToolz : Resources for Authors.

Piilotettu aarre: Tarinat, maskotit ja digiskräppäys - enemmän visuaalista sisältöä someen. 630 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. Digital Storytelling Finland - Digitaalinen tarinankerronta - Digitalt berättande. Kidblog. Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator. Tellagami. Monikäyttöinen Thinglink – esimerkki digitarinoinnista. Storybird - Artful Storytelling.