GoAnimate for Schools 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.
Creative Writing: Topics, Tips & Guidelines Learn more about Smilebox and Club Smilebox Creative With more than 1000 customizable designs for any occasion and style plus the ability to add your own photos, videos, words and music, Smilebox lets you be as creative as you want. Personal Whether sending a digital greeting or printing a collage of your vacation, sharing life's moments is more personal with Smilebox. Fun Smilebox is a fun place to explore what you can do with your photos and videos. What is the Smilebox Application? Our simple application for PC or Mac lets you quickly and easily create slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooks and photo albums right on your computer. For Educators | 21 Ways to Use MakeBeliefsComix.com in the Classroom How to Play with MakeBeliefsComix.com How to Play: For Educators Click here to watch a video of students at City College, New York, talking about how MakeBeliefsComix.com helps them learn English. Their instructor, Tamara Kirson, was named The New York Times 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. To see her lesson plan click here. By Bill Zimmerman, Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com Download "WAYS TO USE MAKEBELIEFSCOMIX IN THE CLASSROOM" and print it out! 1. At the beginning of each new school year have students create an autobiographical comic strip talking about themselves and their families or summarizing the most important things about their lives. 2. Have students create a comic strip story using new vocabulary words that are being taught. 3. Have students break up into pairs or group teams to create their comic strips together. 4. 5. 6. Have students who are learning new foreign languages write their text in languages they are studying. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.
WritingFix Creaza Creaza MovieEditor Do you have a school assignment to make a documentary about your summer experiences or global climate change, or maybe a narrative film about your neighbourhood. Or do you just feel like making a short film to show your friends and family? To make it easy for you to get started, I am going to show you how to use the movie editor in Creaza. To start using the movie editor, you need to select a universe. The movie editor has three main components: The Library, Media Window, and Timeline. 1. The area on the top left of your screen is the library window. Creaza’s videos, in various categoriesSound effectsMusicGraphicsYour media files 2. If you click on a media file in the library, you can watch a preview in the media window on the right hand side on the top of your screen. This is where you can play back film clips, listen to music and sound effects, or look at your uploaded image files. 3. Video/Still Shots Sound You have three soundtracks at your disposal. Good luck.
Web 2.0 Digital Storytelling Tools - 21st Cent Teaching & Learning VoiceThread Group conversations around images, documents and videos. ReadWriteThink FlipBook Maker - provides a template for students to use to create and print a ten page flip book. Students can use the flip book maker to design pages that contain various combinations of text and images. Keerpoof - Kerpoof, created by Disney, is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Animoto Glogster Simply put, a Glog is a kind of poster - fully designed by yourself! Blabberize is a rudimentary way to create parodies of people creating an elementary "animation" of a moving mouth. Yodio - Students can upload pictures and use a phone to add audio to the posted pictures to create a digital story. Moglue is a new program, available for Mac and Windows, that enables you to create interactive ebooks and publish them to Android and iOS devices. Go Animate - An easy-to-use animation tool for teachers / students to creatively complete an alternative project assessment or presentation.
RAFT Papers TO: Personnel Director FROM: William Dollar DATE: April xx, 19xx RE: Request for Vacation My name is Dollar, Bill Dollar. I've been on the job for the last twelve months without a break, and I am writing to request a two-week vacation. My journey through the many hands that hold me begins after I leave the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and get sent out to a Federal Reserve Bank. In my case, I went out of our bank with a whole lot of other bills to become part of the day-laborer payroll of a construction company. I went into this very nice woman's purse, but I didn't stay there long. But I know how crucial we are: employers use us to pay their workers, and the workers use us to buy food and medicines and clothes and gas, and then we're used to pay the people who work in the grocery and drug stores, the malls, and the gas stations. Sincerely, William P.
Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don't need to know how to program. All you need is a story to tell. Watch a quick screencast ...and you're free No restrictions. This means you can download and modify the Quest source code, and do whatever you want with it. You can sell the games you make with Quest. You don't need to ask for permission - you already have it. Get started quickly You don't need to know how to program to use Quest. Everything about your game is displayed in plain English, but the source code to your game is also viewable and editable for the more technically minded. A full tutorial is included, and help is always available on the forums. Ever wanted to... Ever wanted to create your own game, but were put off by complicated programming languages? Surprisingly powerful Quest is a powerful game platform. Any language
Web-based Digital Storytelling Tools and Online Interactive Resources : Danny Maas, Emerging Technologies Consultant Click Here to Download a Condensed, 2-Page Handout (950Kb) Click Here to Download PDF Handout Version of this Blog Post (2.3 MB) There are many great websites that provide opportunities for students to develop language skills, tell stories, and share back their knowledge in fun, creative, and meaningful ways each using a computer. Underlying Beliefs: Learning happens socially and through languageExpressing ideas through multiple forms of media can enhance and deepen the meaning-making processChildren benefit from opportunities to share what they know and how they feel in creative waysSharing ideas and understanding in the form of a story helps with memory retention and sense-makingTechnology can offer learning opportunities consistent with a Universal Design for Learning environment: Multiple means of representation (taking in information)Multiple means of expression (sharing back knowledge)Multiple means of engagement (motivation for learning) Important Considerations:
Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories