Legal Music For Videos Many musicians choose to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses, which give you the legal right to do things like use their music in your videos. What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is a system that allows you to legally use “some rights reserved” music, movies, images, and other content — all for free. Where can I find CC-licensed music? Several sites offer music published under Creative Commons’ flexible copyright licenses. Can I use any song with a CC license on it? Almost — you need to make sure that what you want to do with the music is OK under the terms of the particular Creative Commons license it’s under. Most importantly, you need to use music that is not licensed under a No Derivative Works license. Also, make sure to properly credit the musician and the track, as well as express the CC license the track is under. This video features the song “Desaprendere (Treatment)” by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
5 free apps for digital storytelling and sharing kids’ ideas Digital storytelling simply means using computer-based tools to tell stories. The 5 apps below are some of my favorites for allowing kids to create, illustrate, record, and share stories and ideas. Digital storytelling is easy to do with these apps, and can be done even if you don’t have access to much technology at school. If you or your students have a single iPhone or iPad in the classroom, you can do this! My app recommendations are targeted toward PreK-6, but some can be used in secondary classrooms, too. Puppet Pals What it is: Puppet Pals lets kids choose their characters and backdrops and drag them to the puppet show stage. How to use it: This is a great app for practicing dialogue. See it in action: Toontastic What it is: Toontastic uses a “story arc” with characters, setting, plot, and a conclusion, so it’s perfect for kids who are learning the elements of fiction, as well as older kids who are exploring exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution. Voicethread Show Me
8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling | Samantha Morra First appeared on Edudemic. (Updated 3/14/2014) Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate. WHY Digital Storytelling? Digital stories push students to become creators of content, rather than just consumers. Movies, created over a century ago, represent the beginning of digital storytelling. 8 Steps to Great Digital Stories Great digital stories: Are personalBegin with the story/scriptAre conciseUse readily-available source materialsInclude universal story elementsInvolve collaboration at a variety of levels In order to achieve this level of greatness, students need to work through a Digital Storytelling Process. 1. All stories begin with an idea, and digital stories are no different. I once had 5th graders write their proposal on National Parks as a paragraph. Resources 2. At this stage, organization is very important. 3. When you are trying to write, there is nothing worse than a blank sheet of paper. 4. 5. 6. Rubrics 7. 8. Like this:
TP Rolls Unicorn Marionette It has been quite some time since our last TP Roll Marionette craft – we have made a Sausage Dog (which Pip Squeak ADORES), Autumn Birds and Giraffes in the past…. time for another one: Unicorns! As you can imagine, unicorns are pretty magical. And ever since the kids went on a “Unicorn Trail” at the Wilderness Festival this Summer, they are totally in awe of these magical beings. I thought…. wouldn’t a unicorn/ pegasus marionette be fabulous?? So.. of we we went and got crafty! Unicorn Craft Materials: 2 loo rolls (or one kitchen towel roll cut in half), masking tape, paint, paper, glue, googly eyes, wool, string, horse chestnuts (for feet, but bottle lids would work nicely too), stick or chop stick 1) We started by shaping the head. We also snipped out “two ears” that we then propped up. 2) Paint your tp roll unicorns. 3) Then we glued on some wool for the mane and tail. 4) Added some googly eyes. 7) Now it is time to assemble your unicorn: DONE!!! Join the Kids Get Crafty linky party!
Digital Storytelling Wendy and Brenda and Shonda Digital Storytelling Presentation Slides Ways to Use Digital Storytelling in the Library and the Classroom At the elementary level, digital storytelling can also be a great tool for reading. Here's an example: Truman the Dog Create an Internet Reading Corner using your own digital stories via VoiceThread Share a digital story during Storytime. Promote your library by creating a short video using Animoto. Connect with distant schools to create a Progressive Story . Ideas for using VoiceThread in the Classroom At the middle and high school level, create interest in books by developing a Book Trailer using one of the Web 2.0 programs. Follow directions for Creating a Book Trailer with your high school students. Use comic book conventions to retell or expand upon other texts. Students can use digital storytelling tools to showcase an "exquisite corpse" of images or "found documentaries" with video elements. STORYBOARDING Using Storyboard Templates in Google Docs Celtx CCHits
How to... Make Juggling Chooks Another craft I have been meaning to make for aaaages – this cute and fun juggling bean bag chooks! And there is nothing quite like a 4 year old’s birthday party to get you crafting (check out the Chook Bean Bag Toss)…… What I love about these chooks, is that they look ADORABLE and are surprisingly easy to make. Don’t worry – no complicated alignment of triangles. All you need is one rectangle and some clever sewing! You can machine or hand sew them. This would be a great project for an older child learning interested in learning to sew! If you are visiting via Pinterest… why not subscribe to this website (top right hand corner) and never miss a new craft tutorial or idea again. I thought you may benefit from some additional photos, so I took pictures of my “making process” for you too, as well as a mini side step on how to do a French Knot. Materials: some larger fabric scraps – approx 20cm x11cm is ideal, but I have used 2 10x10cm squares and that worked too. (iv) Done! Ta-daaaaaa
Original Content Marketing for Brands | Visual.ly Telling a Story- Creating Poems with Animoto There is a growing list of incredible sites and tools to give wings to our and our students’ creativity in telling stories. These stories can be poems, voice, text, video, music and so much more, only limited by our own creativity. Last year I concentrated on exploring tools such as In addition to these tools, take a look at Here is my attempt to convert a poem by Jorge Luis Borges into an Animoto music video with my images. First I picked a poem by Jorge Luis Borges, that spoke to me.Segmented the poem and typed the words separately onto different slides into PowerPointChanged fonts style and background colorSaved the slides as individual pictures *( You might have to go into “Options” to make sure it exports ALL the slides not just your selected slide)Uploaded these slides into animotoUploaded images that connected the words and the feeling of the poem for meArranged images in orderUploadedÂ Creative Commons MP3 musicFinalized the movie Here is my Animoto embedded video: Like this:
Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Teachers Are you integrating digital storytelling in your course with your students ? Are you looking for a carefully crafted rubric to help you guide your digital storytelling activities ? Well you don't have to go far, the answers are right below these couple of lines. This is probably the first time I am publishing a rubric on evaluating digital storytelling. I have previously featured several rubrics that are particularly technology focused and all are geared towards helping teachers better integrate technology into their teaching. Today and thanks to KSBE, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is introducing you to excellent digital storytelling rubrics. 1- Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubric ( below is just a snapshot of part of this rubric ) Download it Here 2- Digital Storytelling Course Download it HERE 3- Digital Storytelling Rubric Download it Here
Playdough Recipe 7.9K Flares4.0K643.8K120--×7.9K Flares I love doing fun things with my kids, but I don’t do stuff as often as I’d like because of time and the mess. The Lord knows I have enough messes to clean up as it is without purposefully adding to it! I look on Pinterest and see all those cute craft projects and ideas for kids. How many of you do the same? If that’s you – or even if you are an amazing crafty mom (my hat’s off to you!) This is such an easy recipe for making homemade playdough. Click here for: Easy Homemade Playdough FAQ *Note: I get so many comments and questions that I can’t answer all of them. scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe What you’ll need: 1 cup flour 1 cup water 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1/3 cup salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil food coloring This recipe makes a large amount, probably equal to 2-3 containers from the store. In a 2 quart saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of salt. Turn your burner on medium/low and stir.
How To 'App Smash' And Implement Digital Storytelling On The iPad App smashing, the process of using more than one apps in conjunction with one another to create a final product, is a concept that allows students to create engaging educational projects and illustrate their creativity in multifaceted ways. One of the most gratifying and effective ways to use app smashing in the classroom is to create digital storytelling projects. The concept of digital storytelling is emerging as a form of personal and collective expression of knowledge, ideas, and perceptions. Its numerous and positive effects on students’ communication skills are well documented. Here is an iPad app smashing activity you can use in your classroom in order to create professionally looking digital storytelling projects. Getting Hands-On: The Project A typical app smashing activity has four steps: First, you start with the end product in mind. Objective To create a Digital Storytelling project that illustrates knowledge in effective and appropriate ways. Apps We Will Use Workflow