Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's Author | Children's Books: Story Scrapbook
Story Scrapbook is a transmedia story brainstorming tool. It lets you bring together images, video, music, text and web grabs, making creative writing interactive and fun. It is based on my own multimedia-fuelled writing process, bringing the writing process alive for people who think visually, interactively and aurally, as well as textually. Story Scrapbook lets you tell stories your way. A contemporary story tool for contemporary learners / creators. I've been working with Ben Train – genius developer / programmer / designer guy – and he has done an amazing job in adapting the app version of the tool to the Web. Here's how to use it... 1. 2. 3. And I would LOVE you to share your feedback and links to your Scrapbook creations in comments below. Digital storytelling, multimedia scrapbooking, story 2.0, Digital story, transmedia, Multimedia, Pre-visualisation, vision boarding, vision board
The Ultimate Simplified Guide to The Use of Evernote in Education
Evernote is a great web service and software application that we can use in education. A lot of ink has been shed on this topic and just one click in a search engine is enough to get hundreds of links to guides and tutorials about Evernote. I have been going through so many of these resources and have collected ideas, videos, notes and many more. Outline of this artilce : 1- What is Evernote 2- Why Evernote in Education 3- Top Reasons for Using Evernote 4- Some Ways Teachers can Use Evernote 5- Some Ways Students can Use Evernote 6- Video Tutorials on The Different Uses of EVernote 7- Webliography ( Important links for further resources ) What is Evernote ? Why Evernote in education ? Evernote makes it easy for everyone to easily remember things big and small using computer, phone and the web.It is a great organizational tool for teachers and students. Some Ways Teachers can Use Evernote Below are some of the ways Teachers can use Evernote in education : 1- Introducation to Evernote
Project Switch: A Small Game Experiment Yields Big Lessons
Switch is a new in-gallery mobile game at the Getty Center. Earlier this year, I worked on an experimental project to create a simple game that would be played in the galleries with a mobile phone (find the game here). The idea came from my colleague Rebecca Edwards (no relation), a Museum educator who specializes in family audiences. She wanted to transform one of the Getty’s existing online games, Switch—like a “spot the differences” image game—into an on-site experience in the galleries for families. We weren’t sure the game would translate. Facing these many uncertainties, we decided to take an experimental approach and build this quickly, cheaply, and without any frills. By keeping expectations low and the scope small, we planned to get a working prototype up and running fast. In the process of building this little game we did a lot of things wrong. Lesson #1: Allow Triple Time for Mobile Testing. Lesson #2: Navigating a Museum Is Hard. Lesson #3: A Story Is Magical.
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers
1- ZimmerTwins It is all about creative storytelling. ZimmerTwins is a web2.0 tool that allows students to give vent to their imaginative powers and exercise their storytelling skills from early stages to advances ones. 2- Digital Story Telling in The Classroom This section provides resources and materials for teachers to use with their students in storytelling. 3- Story Bird This is an awesome website that allows students and teachers to create short art inspired stories to read, share or print out. 4- Someries Someries is a fantastic storytelling site . 5- PicLits This is another awesome website where students can choose a picture and start drawing or writing a text on it to create a story. 6- Generator This is a creative studio space where students explore the moving image and create their own digital stories to share with others. 7- Capzles This is where you and your students can create rich multimedia stories with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.
A Simple Guide for Teachers to Create eBooks on iPad using iBook Author
With the start of this new year Apple launched two major products namely iBook app and iBooks Author. These two releases have caught the attention of media and Educational Technology and Mobile Learning was no exception. We posted two detailed articles about the potential of these new products in education. Today we are adding a follow up to those articles. Below are some of the best tutorials to get teachers and educators acquainted with the iBook Author. 1- Selecting a template To start creating an eBook using iBook Author you need first to select a template . 2- Thmbnail and Panels The video below will walk you through the outline and thumbnail panels in iBooks Author. 3- Tool bar This video will show you how the tool bar works and inform you about the different functions of each icon. 4- Inspector Panel This video will make you familiar with using Inspector Panel on iBook Author 7- Inserting Text This tutorial will teach you how to insert and edit text on iBooks Author
BBC Research: The Mythology Engine
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John Wells and I have been together a very long time. If you haven’t heard of Wells, he’s a C.I.A. operative who plays the starring role in a series of espionage thrillers that I started writing a decade ago. Random House published the first, “The Faithful Spy,” in 2006. I planned to kill Wells off at its end, a la John le Carre’s Alec Leamas. Since then, Wells has proven too tough to die, or maybe too mean. Wells predates my wife, Jackie, and our daughter, Lucy. All of which is another way of saying that John Wells has markedly enriched my life — an impressive feat for a man who doesn’t exist.
The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching
Blogging is one of the eventual realization of web 2.0 technologies. It is the driving engine behind this online information revolution. Thousands of blogs are created everyday and for different purposes. Some people blog to make money, some to share their voice with the world, some to immortalize their life events and diaries, and others blog just to vex and scam people. The tremendous ease of use of a blog has made it a web tool of great potential in education. Let me provide you first with the outline of this paper : 1- What is Blogging ? 1- What is a blog ? " A blog is a personal website that contains content organized like a journal or a diary. 1- Difference between a blog and a website Many students and some teachers still can not draw a clear border between a blog and a website. It is a form of a websiteIt is updated so oftenIts articles appear in reverse-chronological orderIt is frequently crawled by search enginesIt covers a wide variety of articlesIt is easily set up A- Edublogs