Saturday, January 23, 2010

Digital Directors Guild - Digital Storytelling Lessons

The Digital Directors Guild is a project designed to help teachers develop digital storytelling projects for their classrooms. The Digital Directors Guild offers sample projects and teaching resources for all grade levels. The resources page of the Digital Directors Guild contains information regarding all stages of digital storytelling project development.

If you've never tried digital storytelling, the Digital Directors Guild offers good advice on getting started. The getting started advice includes directions for using free video editing software. The Digital Directors Guild also provides samples of finished projects.

Applications for Education
Digital storytelling is a great way to get kids excited about a topic. Through the creation of a digital story they become the directors of what can be consumed by their peers. Digital storytelling gives every student a chance to be active participants in their own learning and the learning experience of their peers.

Audio Owl - Hundreds of Free Audio Books

Audio Owl is a great service for locating and listening to free audio books. Audio Owl catalogs public domain recordings of books that are in the public domain. Because the recordings are in the public domain anyone is free to download, listen to, and share the recordings. Audio Owl has arranged hundreds of recordings into an easy-to-browse collection. You can browse the collection by genre or search by title, author, or keyword. If you choose to browse by genre, Audio Owl presents all of the titles in a visually appealing display of book covers.

Applications for Education
Quite a few of the literature and reading teachers that I work with use audio recordings to support struggling readers. Often they are searching all over the web for audio recordings. Now, when they ask, I'll direct them to Audio Owl as the first place to look for free audio books.

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