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Plotagon now free for educators

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A couple of years back I was thrilled to discover Plotagon and posted about it here. Today, I was thrilled to discover that free one-year teacher licenses are now available at Plotagon Education. (Currently, students may sign up for 30-day trials.) Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies […]

MySimpleShow for explaining (and my first story)

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Looking for a simple (and free) explainer video creator?  One of my recent discoveries is MySimpleShow. Write a script or upload a little PowerPoint (up to 20 slides) and tell your story cut-out, explainer style. This is an effective tool for writing across the curriculum as well as creating instruction. MySimpleShow offers writers a range […]

Toontastic 3D: New and free from Google Education

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Check out Toontastic 3D, a wonderful, free, open-ended digital storytelling app just launched by Google Education for tablet, phone and Chromebook. You may be familiar with Toontastic launched in 2011 or Toontastic Jr. Now, with the help of Google, the platform is impressively redesigned for Android, iPad and iPhone.  The new app allows students to […]

Announcing Flipgrid One (now free to all teachers)

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Today, one of my favorite communication/creativity platforms shared some major enhancements and re-declared its commitment to equity. (See below for the big news!) I have been a devoted fan of Flipgrid since the beginning. For me it’s one of those few wifi desert island must-packs. Created by LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, […]

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 […]

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  […]

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 […]

Adobe Slate and other new storytelling platforms

I’ve been in love with the elegance and free-ness of the Adobe Voice app for nearly a year now.  It’s one of the easiest strategies I’ve seen for creating effective video stories.  This week, Adobe introduced an equally elegant tool for digital publishing–for those times you want to tell a non-video story, largely based on […]

Return of the 90-Second Newbery

Charlotte’s Web – HORROR STYLE from James Kennedy on Vimeo. The 4th annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival may coming to a city near you.  You may want to get tickets and join the fun live at free, gala screening event. James Kennedy, its charming organizer, master of ceremonies, and author of  The Order of Odd-Fish, […]

White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities […]