Digital storytelling: story types & best practices What is the future of storytelling and which possibilities are out there to cover stories with the help of data and multimedia? Gregor Aisch, a New York Times graphics editor, talked about different types of stories at the Netzwerk Recherche conference in Hamburg and shared his insights and best practices form across NYT and other publications. Here’s an overview (you will find links to all examples here).
A Handful of Apps to Add to Your New iPad (even if you don’t take it to school) Every year at this time I publish a short list of the apps that I recommend installing if you received a new iPad during this holiday season. Even if you don’t take your new iPad to school, these apps are helpful. I have terrible typing technique and I like to sketch ideas before writing about them. Therefore, Penultimate is a perfect app for me. 11 (Almost) Free Mind Mapping Apps for the iPad Mind mapping is a method that works for quite a lot of people. Brain storming, idea mapping, thought generation, think tanks – call it what you will. Traditionally done on large pieces of paper, why not use your iPad to create mind maps? Values Our Values When Path was only a seed of an idea, and a few people holed up and dreaming in a San Francisco apartment, we laid out our mission and the ideals that would guide our way. Over the past few years, the product has undergone many changes, but our values have never changed.
inklewriter - Education Education inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students. From within a web-browser, the inklewriter will let students make and play interactive stories with no programming required. Why make stories interactive anyway? The way our stories work is simple: the reader is given the text of a story in a small chunks, and after each, they get to make a decision about what happens next.
Games and news bricks: storytelling ideas from Hackastory Credit: Screenshot from Hackastory.com. Turning online stories into games and personalising the experience were two of the themes explored at the Hackastory hackathon in Amsterdam last week. The hackathon brought together six teams of journalists, developers, designers and filmmakers, who explored ideas and tools for storytelling in the digital age. “Online storytelling does not have a tradition yet,” wrote the organisers on the website, comparing it to filmmaking, which has had 100 years to develop a structure and a process. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Albertine Piels, one of the organisers of the hackathon, said the hackathon was intended as an opportunity not only to experiment with tools but also to connect with others in the industry. “We all know how to write a story and how to make a reportage for a TV show, but with online storytelling you need so much more,” she said.
Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning. While the sheer number of education apps is still overwhelming, increasingly teachers have found what works for them and are sticking to them. “The conversations I had were radically different than they were a year ago,” said Michelle Luhtala, the librarian for New Canaan High School and host of an Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb. She tapped her professional learning network of educators, teaching all grades and located all over the country, to share their favorite tech tools. “A year ago people felt like it was this new thing that was so overwhelming,” Luhtala said, “and now it really seems much more comfortable.” Educators have become proficient with their favorite classroom apps and are getting more creative with using them to achieve teaching goals.
50 Must-Have Educational Apps It’s time for holiday road trips and you know what that means: driving, flying, cranky kids, and… teaching opportunities! What’s that, you say? Well, there is so much downtime during the holidays where kids and adults spend hours just passing the time… why not try out some new apps on your phone? Many of these apps were found by The Teaching Palette, be sure to check out their fantastic site for more helpful resources! Fitle: The Smartshopping Experience by FITLE Purchasing clothes online is an unfriendly experience. You need to shop on several websites, browse through thousands of clothes, adjust tens of filters and above all guess the size that fits you. Fitle reinvents your e-shopping experience by making it friendlier: Examples for All Your Online Form & Survey Needs Forms The forms you've been looking for Online forms are an integral, if often unflattering, part of any modern business.
Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes Rethinking the approach to learning with an iPad was one of the key points that arose from our recent iPad study tour in Queensland. Many of the schools talked about the development of 'Learning Workflows' where work is created in one app, then built on in another App and so on. Using the iPad where many Apps are generally single function, requires a different approach to create useful learning outcomes that moves the integration of the iPad in learning from the Subsitution model to the Redefinition model. A very useful explanation with some practical examples of how to achieve a learning workflow in your classroom can be found in the following video by ELearning Laura based on work done at the Apple Teacher Institute 2012 in Cheltenham. Read the full post with more details at: Elearning Laura - Video iPad lesson workflows Bounty Boulevard State School, one of the schools we toured, also had a very useful handout towards creating a 'Learning Workflow' available from their iPad portal.
My Business I was expecting an amazing event, but little did I know upon boarding the flight to Cape Town that I was in for a real treat in the form of the best summer party I've ever been to. If there's one thing you can always count on the Mr Price brand for, it's doing all things with excellence and they spared no effort with the MRP Summer Fest that went down last Thursday afternoon and evening in Newlands, Cape Town. The reason for the extravagant celebration was none other than the need to celebrate the start of summer, MRP style. Bloggers, trend-setters, influences, magazine editors and fans were flown in from across the country to form part of the exclusive Summer Fest guestlist, and I don't think any of us quite knew what a divine day Mr P had set us up for. Being someone who is absolutely all about the details and lacing those details with excellence, I was truly in my element and my eyes feasted themselves on the most beautiful set-up created by a team of talented creatives.