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From the Cool Sites Series 

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

This week I am in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, presenting at the GAETC conference. It is one of the most organized and interesting conferences I’ve been to and they’ve had some incredible presenters/keynotes.

I had six sessions which you can read about here, http://teacherrebootcamp.com/tag/gaetc13. Here are the resources for the Digital Storytelling session in case you missed it. At GAETC, I tried collaborative note-taking with the 400 audience. We all took notes on one Google Doc. Scary, I know! However, it ended up being a great experience and many helped create notes and stories. Check out the document here, http://bit.ly/story1234. Thank you to Hannah Hussain @MeetMrsHussain, Sarabeth Holbert, Javaye Stubbs, Christen Brown, Charles Garrett @iCharlesTweets, Allison Brown, Jessica Bowen @jesslynnbowen, Darien Carruth, Melissa Turnipseed, Robin Thompson @crazymrst, Jennifer Cannon, Ashley Polito, Tracy Wilson, Tessie Robinson @tessie629, Amy Berra @superswiz, Carmen Williams, @BethuneES_APA, Pam, Bob @edubowman, and others who helped with the collaborative note-taking experience.

The Slides

Download the slides here.

My Favorite Resources

  • Make Beliefs Comix- Two, three and four panel comics that you can create in multiple languages. 350+ free printables for teachers
  • Rreadwritethink.org- 100+ free interactives and quality lesson plans integrating technology and literacy.
  • Kerpoof- create videos, comics, and more with this free tool
  • Buncee- free iPod/iPad app that creates interactive posters and comics with a library of stickers, backgrounds, audio, images, and video. Super easy to use and embeds.
  • Favorite writing prompt sites aligned with the common core are John Spencer’sPhotoprompts and Luke Neff’s Image Writing Prompts.
  • Comics Head- IOS and Android app to make comics. Best one in my opinion that allows adding your own images along with their library of characters, backdrops, and more.
  • The Digital Storytelling Course Wiki - I helped organize and run this open online 5 week session for the last 2 years. You can check out the resources curated by over 500 teachers worldwide. We cover creative common music and images, comics, video, storybooks, and more!
  • Kathy Schrock’s Rubrics
  • My Digital Storytelling Symbaloos- Find a free tool or app for any digital storytelling project.

More Incredible Tools

Creaza- One of my favorite sites where you can create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! Embed in a blog or wiki.
GoAnimate- Choose from various characters, type in the dialogue, choose your background scene, and create a free fun movie.
DVolver- Choose from various characters, type in the dialogue, choose your background scene, and create a free fun movie.
ZimmerTwins- Choose from various characters, type in the dialogue, choose your background scene, and create a free fun movie.
PicLits- Drag and drop words unto a beautiful image.
Bubblr- create your comic strip with Flickr pictures and add bubbles to tell your story!
Comicmaster – Cool graphic novel creator.
Comic Strip Generator – You can upload photos or use web images in addition to their library of ready-to-use images
ToonDoo – the site allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic
OneTrueMedia – Mix your photos and pictures with text and animations.
Blabberize – Make your pictures talk
Smilebox – Create videos from your pictures and videos adding design and music. You download this software to your computer.
Glogster – Create and online poster with your videos.
VoiceThread for Educators-Interactive way to present stories and have parents and other students comment on the stories. Several options. Embed in a blog or wiki.
Storybird-Students create beautiful stories by choosing beautiful art and adding the words. Embed in a blog or wiki.
Voxopop – Construct audio stories.
5cardflicker – Tell your stories through flicker photos.
Zooburst – 3D pop up story creator.
Scholastic story starter – Start your story randomly.
Thestorystarter – Start your story randomly.
LittleBirdTales – Upload your picture, record your voice to tell your stories.
Animoto- Upload up images, choose a soundtrack from the library, many nice holiday tunes to choose from, and click a button to make a free short video online and on your mobile device.

Creative Commons Music and Images

Musicshake – Create copyright free music for your video.
Compfight – Search Flickr photos for your videos.
MorgueFile – Find free pictures for your videos.
Free Music Archive, and Jamendo, and Royalty Free Music are all great places for free creative commons music!
SoundBible - FreeSound – Free sound effects.

Digital Storytelling Apps and Tools


Find all these apps and bookmarks in this Pearl Tree, http://pear.ly/bx2tb! It’s a free mindmap of links. You click a pearl and it’ll expand into the resource. Works on mobile devices.
Digital storytelling in Integrating the Web / Shelly Sanchez Terrell (shellyterrell)

Organize your interests with the Pearltrees’ app for Android

Challenge:

Use one of these resources or ideas and share with me how the experience went with your learners.

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