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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Free eBook - Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

The Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide is a free twenty-eight page ebook produced by Microsoft. The guide outlines the basics of digital storytelling, offers ideas for digital storytelling projects for all grade levels, and provides examples of digital storytelling projects. Microsoft's Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide also offers instruction for using Windows Movie Maker and Photo Story in the classroom.

Applications for Education
Even if you don't use Windows Movie Maker or Photo Story, much of Microsoft's Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide can still be applied to your classroom.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Presentation Storytelling 101
Creating Podcasts from Soup to Nuts
Creating Digital Video Projects with Bare-Bones Equipment

How to Make Stopmotion Movies

Digital storytelling guru Kevin Hodgson has recently launched a new website all about stopmotion movie creation. Kevin developed Making Stopmotion Movies as a how-to resource for teachers who are interested in having students create stopmotion movies. On Making Stopmotion Movies teachers will find downloadable storyboard and character development guides. Kevin provides an excellent outline of the whole movie making process. Visitors to Making Stopmotion Movies will also find video examples of real student productions. Below you will find one of the videos from Making Stopmotion Movies.



Applications for Education
If you've wanted to try a stopmotion or claymation movie project in your classroom, but you weren't sure how to get started, Making Stopmotion Movies should get you off on the right foot.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Creating Podcasts from Soup to Nuts
Creating Digital Video Projects with Bare-Bones Equipment
5 Resources for Creating and Hosting Podcasts

Inspiration for Marching Band Directors

Perhaps because I was a "band geek" in high school, I really like this video of the Notre Dame Marching Band. The video, which I found on Open Culture, shows that marching bands do more than just play John Philip Sousa tunes.

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.


Applications for Education
If you're trying to recruit students for your high school marching band, this video might be helpful in showing students that marching bands can be "cool."

Easier Copy & Paste With Google Docs Clipboard

Copy and pasting content within Google Docs just got easier and better. Yesterday, Google announced the launch of new clipboard feature for Google Docs. The clipboard allows you to copy content from a spreadsheet to a document or presentation. Likewise, you can copy from a document and paste to a presentation or a spreadsheet cell. Probably the most important element of the Google Docs clipboard is that you can save multiple selections to your clipboard and access them at any time from any internet-connected computer.

Copy.










Paste.










Applications for Education
The new Google Docs clipboard option could be useful for when they're editing the sequence of an outline or essay. They can copy many elements to their clipboards and paste them onto a blank canvas in the order they want. The clipboard could also be useful in organizing presentations. If your students are struggling with putting too much text on each of their slides they can easily cut out some text, save it to the clipboard, then paste it onto a new slide.

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