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Seedling Comic Studio

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Here’s a winner to add to your mobile storytelling toolkit! Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Seedling Comic Studio is a low-learning curve, free tool for comic/graphic story creation.  Make one-frame or an entire multi-page book combining photographs from your camera or camera roll, cut-outs, speech bubbles, free-form text, filters, backgrounds and stickers. The […]

A Personal Top 10 (or so) List of Top 10 (or so) Lists

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This time of year we are flooded by best or Top 10 lists.  I love them, but it’s easy to drown. So I selected My Top 10 (or so) List of Top 10 (or so) Lists listing my personal favorites in hopes you might find some of my choices interesting. And here, just for fun, is […]

Prepare kids for emergencies with Monster Guard

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The motto here is Learn, practice, share how to stay safe during emergency The American Red Cross, with the sponsorship of Disney, present Monster Guard, a free mobile app available at the App Store and Google Play. Beyond the necessary, and sometimes confusing disaster drills that all students are required to experience at school, this fun, […]

Plotagon for scripting cool animated stories

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I recently discovered Plotagon, an digital storytelling app for iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac to tell animated digital stories. Reminiscent of Xtranormal (now called Nawmal), Plotagon encouragesusers to script a story–selecting locations; building dialogue;  adding emotions, attitudes and postures;  responding to characters; choosing sound effects and music.  Dialogues can be read by a choice of computer  […]

On INFOhio’s light

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I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of INFOhio. Back in November,  at the Treasure Mountain research retreat that preceded AASL Columbus, I met the INFOhio team in person. I was sincerely inspired by their presentation, their energy and their efforts to ensure all Ohio learners have access to the resources to which they […]

Orange Slice: Rubrics for docs

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I just discovered Orange Slice, a Google Add-on that offers both teacher and student rubrics.  A handy productivity tool, Orange Slice plays nice with Google Classroom and makes it super easy to evaluate student work in Docs. The Orange Slide Teacher Rubric allows teachers to add rubrics to students’ assignments for grading.  The Orange Slide […]

Celebrating the lives of the uncelebrated: StoryCorps.me

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What if Anne Frank hadn’t kept her diary? What if no one could listen to Martin Luther King’s Mountaintop speech? What if the camera hadn’t been rolling during the first moon landing? But what if, this Thanksgiving, the youngest member of every family interviewed the oldest? Or if on February 14th, you asked a person […]

A celebration of CC0 images! No rights reserved

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It’s been a little secret of mine for a while.  When I create presentations these days, my first choices are to either buy my images inexpensively from Canva or to tap CC0.  For those of us who regularly create presentations or posters or visual communication products, CC0 artists offer a serious and incredibly generous gift. […]

Book Art with Christina and Ruth

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One of the sessions I truly regretted missing at the recent NJASL Fall Conference was the very popular, hands-on Fold a Word: Book Art in Your Library session with Christina Cucci and Ruth Quiles. So, I asked my new friends if they’d consider a do-over to share.  They graciously accepted that invitation in this Hangout. […]

Libraries Transform: Because . . .

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One of my takeaways from AASL was the Libraries Transform multi-year public awareness campaign brand and the richness of the toolkit. The ways in which libraries transform are as nuanced and varied as the people they serve. Physical transformations are easy to spot. Transformations in service and scope can be less apparent, but are ever […]