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Plotagon for scripting cool animated stories

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

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, […]

ds106 Assignment Bank

For years, I’ve been a fan of Alan Levine’s (@cogdog) 50 Ways to Tell a Digital Story and his groundbreaking, open kick-butt DS106 (digital storytelling) course. I recently rediscovered the DS106 Assignment Bank and I see it as a truly inspiring resource for inspiring K12 creativity. This collection presents an array of options for student […]

Common Craft goes to school

For many of us, Common Craft has been a learning fixture.  We’ve relied on those delightfully simple and brief introductions to explain complex ideas from apps to zombies. We’ve shared them in professional development sessions. We’ve used them to introduce concepts in digital citizenship.  They helped us introduce new technologies to classes. When we needed to […]

Meograph launches its 4-D storytelling platform

There’s a new digital storytelling kid in town.  And this one is just right for telling stories focused on time and place. Meograph officially launched yesterday.  Kind of like a Google Earth tour, this free platform makes it easy for students to tell media-rich stories combining maps, timeline, links, audio and video–to tell stories in […]

Beeclip EDU: scrapbooking for schools

We’ve used digital scrapbooking tools for creatively exploring the lives of historical events and figures using primary sources, for creating portfolios, and for presenting research projects. But I’ve been on the lookout for a scrapbooking tool that really works for school. The ones we’ve used the past couple of years have been a little clunky, a […]

Our ESL kids share their stories

Yesterday was Diversity Day as STHS.  One of the projects I was happy to help with was our ESL Stories. We asked our little group of students from Ukraine, China, Tibet, and Korea, to share their personal stories about coming to America. While our initial intent was to create opportunities for our ESL students to […]

Samsung’s SUPERHERO Video Competition

You and your students can vote for your favorite historical character portrayal from among 10 finalists in the Samsung Superhero Video Competition.  (All 519 videos can be seen on Samsung’s Superhero YouTube Channel.) Any K-12 student living in the U.S. or a Federal Territory may enter the enter the 2012 by submitting a 1-3 minute […]