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Digital Storytelling

District Academy Awards 2012

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June 15, 2012
District Academy Awards 2012

On Monday June 11, 2012 we hosted our second annual academy awards ceremony. This was the first time that it has been a district-wide event. Previously it was limited to only the Middle School.   I developed this event with our middle school gifted and talented teacher, Dr. Nancy Harris.  The purpose is to...
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Student’s Illustrate, Record and Publish

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April 2, 2012
Student’s Illustrate, Record and Publish

Little Bird Tales is a free site that allows teachers and students to create and publish their own digital tales.  Here is what i like about it. Class Management The has a simple to use teacher interface in which you can setup classes and control access. Teachers manage student accounts.  The teacher assigns usernames...
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How to Bring Celebrities into Your Classroom for Reading Instruction?

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March 26, 2012
How to Bring Celebrities into Your Classroom for Reading Instruction?

Storyline (www.storyline.com) is a website published by the Screen Actors Guild. The site features videos of  famous actors and actresses reading children’s books.  There is an index of books to select from. The videos display well on an interactive white board. They can also be used in a listening center. With most stories there...
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A Collaborative Project to Build Bullying Awareness

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February 8, 2012
A Collaborative Project to Build Bullying Awareness

The students in Mrs. Bock’s reading class at White Rock Elementary school wanted to work together to apply what they have learned about bullying, character counts, and the writing process to publish a book about bullying. The students and Mrs. Bock had recently been introduced to Storyjumper  through one of my training sessions. Storyjumper...
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Remember what timelines used to be?

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November 30, 2011
Remember what timelines used to be?

We all know the typical method of timeline creation in schools. “Draw a line, add some dates and document events in chronological order”.  Students will typically use poster boards, markers and possibly cut out images. The students in Mr. Papa’s grade 8 social studies class in our district are putting a new spin on...
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First Annual Academy Awards

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June 22, 2011
First Annual Academy Awards

Our middle school hosted our first every digital story academy awards ceremony this month. This event was developed as a way to showcase and promote the wonderful digital stories and multimedia projects our students are creating in their classes. I first introduced digital storytelling in the district two years ago. Teachers attended professional development...
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Documentary Resource for the Classroom

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May 31, 2011
Documentary Resource for the Classroom

Snag Films is website that provides free access to thousands of documentaries and independent films. Some of the films are published by well-known documentary makers and others are first timers. Snag allows for free viewing and sharing of all of their published videos. The videos can be saved to a widget that can be...
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Can Webcams Improve Reading Fluency?

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April 1, 2011
Can Webcams Improve Reading Fluency?

Webcams have been a part of many classrooms for a number of years. The most common use is for video conferencing. Webcams open up the classroom to the world by allowing classes to communicate and collaborate with authors, subject area experts and other classrooms around the world. I have a wiki page with more...
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Student Made Tutorials Using Paper Slides

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March 28, 2011
Student Made Tutorials Using Paper Slides

What do you do when workbooks, handouts, and class problem sets are not connecting with your students? What do you do for those students who have a solid understanding of a topic before you begin the lesson? How are you differentiating for them? Can you address the needs of your advanced students as well...
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Facebook in the Classroom

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March 1, 2011
Facebook in the Classroom

Have you been to the Google Docs template gallery lately. If you have, you will notice that the available templates are continuing to grow. I recently searched for a template that could be  used to create a fictitious Facebook Profile. The first returned result ended up being exactly what I was looking for.  Take...
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