Great Source for Digital Storytelling Apps & Sites

Erin Klein, author of educational blog site Kleinspiration.com, has posted an excellent entry called 10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more! Her site is a superb site for resources on technology in the classroom. Here is a sample of her post on digital storytelling as well as the source link.

10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more!

    Have your Students Tell their Stories Digitally!

What is digital storytelling?

Students can tell their story in a digital manner the same as they would orally or on paper. Digital storytelling is simply applying one’s creative ideas in a manner that allows him or her to add multimedia (video, images, and audio) to their voice.

Why use digital storytelling?

Using technology can be engaging. We use a variety of mediums to tell stories in our class. Many of our stories start out as oral rehearsals. We tend to incorporate a variety of webs, outlines, fold-able templates, and graphic organizers to start our planning process. Sometimes I use MindMaple and Popplet to brainstorm ideas. Then we begin drafting our story using pencils and paper. However, Google Docs and Storybird are a great way to have students draft their stories on the computer. When we share our work, students enjoy the choice of creative outlet to express their learning. This is where we use a variety of tech tools to support our publishing efforts.

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How to Graph a Line Using a Texas Instrument Graphing Calculator

The following is a step-by-step guide on how to graph a line on a graphing calculator.

(Tested on a Texas Instrument TI-84 Plus)

1.) Press STAT and choose 1: EDIT.

2.) If there are numbers listed you will needed to clear the numbers. If it is already clear then go on to the next step. To clear the numbers:
Make sure L1 is highlighted, then press CLEAR, then press DOWN ARROW.
To clear the next column hit the ARROW BUTTONS until L2 is highlighted, then press CLEAR, the press DOWN ARROW.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Reading By Example

Before You Start Blogging…

  • Read other administrators’ posts. Go to badgeradmins.wikispaces.com for a comprehensive list of recommended blogs. Emulate their style and structure when developing your own voice.
  • Determine your purpose for blogging. Do you want to communicate with families? Reflect on your own practices? Connect with colleagues? All of the above?
  • Think about what you want to say and/or jot down your ideas on paper first. Doing this prior to writing a post helps organize your thinking.
  • Connect with educators on Twitter to build your professional learning network. You will want feedback on your posts. This social media tool is a great way to share your writing with others.
  • Write, type, then blog. At least initially, write your post on a word processor and copy/paste your writing into your blog.
  • Choose your tool. Determine which blog service you want to use. I prefer WordPress. Google Blogger is also popular.

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My team of elementary principals has agreed to purchase iPads. If we expect teachers to use technology with the purpose of improving pedagogy and learning, we need to model it. The fact that I discovered through Twitter that there is an iPad 4 only emphasizes our need to be connected learners. Without this knowledge, iPad 3s would be getting shipped to us as I write.

One of the first steps we are taking is deciding what apps to have preloaded on our devices. Here are a few that I am recommending to my technology director, Phil Bickelhaupt (@WRtechdirector). Many of these may be familiar to you, and I suppose there is a reason for that.

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  • Evernote – Excellent way to record and document gatherings (not “meetings”). Just this week, I held an impromptu staff gathering about some decisions made in our leadership team. Because of the short notice, not…

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In a recent post in Education Week, Justin Reich (@bjfr) strongly encourages teachers who have iPads in their classrooms to make their teaching visible. He recognizes that schools are quickly adopting this tool for instruction, but is concerned that teachers are not sharing what they are doing with others through social media. Justin goes on to say that in order to develop a vision of how iPads can be effectively used in schools, we need to see how other teachers are augmenting their instruction and then discuss these strategies.

I couldn’t agree more. Even though I love my iPad, I have been somewhat hesitant to just throw them in classrooms and see what happens. (I recently wrote a post about my experience piloting these devices last year.) We are somewhere in the middle on technology integration; our school is not 1:1, but all teachers have an iPad and…

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Movie Review: Catfish

I would like to take the time to review a documentary I find valuable in today’s technologically adolescent world. With a big push for 21st century skills in education today it is relevant to approach social media and it’s benefits as well as it’s dangers. This film is educational in both.

First shown at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival this intriguing documentary, Catfish, shows a real-life virtual relationship in the making. (Real-life virtual relationship – oxymoron?) What I find important about this movie is that it explores today’s common technologies and how simple and exciting it has become to make new friends and pursuing relationships. Facebook, Craigslist, Match.com – all too easy and is becoming much more common. On the flip-side, however, it also shows the misuse of these technologies and that is where things get interesting…

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