As we wind down our year, (we’re so close!) I know most people’s minds are on what their summer plans are…and most don’t involve any curriculum planning. Just in case though, I wanted to give out a few more sites for you to bookmark for next year, or offer to those parents that you think are wanting to help their child over the summer.
Great Math Games for Summer Fun – Strengthen your math skills this summer with these fun math games from Illuminations:
For reading, I have come across a REALLY neat website that provides a grade level book list. I liked this one because it provided a picture of the book and a short sentence synopsis.
Digital storytelling is not a new concept. It has been around for several years within GISD and I know the fabulous technology facilitators (cough, cough) have promoted, shared, and taught a fair number of classes helping teachers integrate with this idea. While Photo Story is a great and reliable option, there are a number of other free sites that can be used. Through Twitter his morning (8Amber8) I came across a great blog post that again goes into detail of what digital story telling is and how/why a teacher might want to use it in their classroom. He also compiled a great list of what he considers to be the top 10 best storytelling sites. (Thanks, @web20classroom)
Top 10 sites for Digital Storytelling
- Digital Films – Quite simply one of the best digital storytelling sites around. This site is very user friendly w/ an iMovie HD feel and great for beginners!!
- Myths & Legends – Excellent site for storytelling, can add characters, backgrounds, objects, etc. and great for education w/ an educational instance/portal.
- Xtranormal – Very popular/fun site for digital storytelling. A very easy to use site where text is all that is needed to create an original story.
- My StoryMaker – Great site for young readers to create a cartoon looking story.
- Storybird – An excellent site for creating pictures books for storytelling.
- Primary Access – Is a wonderful site for creating digital stories using historical stock footage.
- Google Search Stories – A very easy site to use by selecting stock video/audio to create a digital story.
- Zimmer Twins – A fun site where users select cartoon footage to create their very own digital story.
- Zooburst – Is a brand new site for creating 3D/pop-up stories. A user can either upload their own image or use stock photos. Hopefully, audio/video integration will be coming soon!
- Stage’D – A very impressive visual site where users choose their characters, backgrounds, and items to create their very own computer generated story.
Now that we are AT (after TAKS, not to be confused with Amber Teamann, ;)) letting your students create a digital story telling summary of a unit or lesson would be an investment for NEXT year’s teachers; their students will already know and be ready for an earlier assignment. We will be incorporating more technology next year and this would be a perfect opportunity for you to test it out and get a feel for this program. 🙂
We have a couple digital cameras in the office that you can check out. You can also easily turn ppt slides into jpg’s that can be used for your stories.
In PowerPoint 2003/2007 :
- Open the PowerPoint presentation (PPT or PPS).
- Go to File > Save As > Other formats
- Now you will see lot of options for in the combo box. Select JPEG format and save.
- This will save all your file into a folder with same name as your ppt or pps name.
Like to try this but not sure you can?? Send ME your most TECHIE-RIFIC student, I’ll show/teach them and they can come back and teach the class. Or, if you have time, stop by and see me and I’ll show you how easy it can be!
Speaking of loving my job, one of my (my, heehee!) rockstar teachers, Emily Koder, sent me some outstanding resources for Poetry Month, which is April. I remember in my classroom creating a “Poetry Packet” of all kinds of different poems that I would have my students write throughout the month. It was always so cute to see how they expressed their personality through a short lil’poem. Consider too, even if you DON’T teach ELA, allowing them to write a poem that deals with YOUR content area. How very higher level that would be…
My Luna haiku:
All smiling faces
Who enjoy their students makes
(It’s early…put your red pens away!)
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/ -write an acrostic online and print it off
And another blogger from GISD, Angie Cheatham has some resources on her site as well. Check’em out on her classroom website. (See what other gems of greatness you can find there!)
In my TECHedge today, they so thoughtfully provides a great list. Enjoy!
- CNN Student News – 10 minutes of current events every day
- History Animated – animations of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Pacific campaign in WW II
- Kids.gov – social studies lessons and information for grades K-5
- Kids Past – World History “textbook” and games for elementary students
- Learning Tools for Social Studies Teachers – resources on all aspects of social studies
- Library of Congress – videos, maps, manuscripts, sheet music, photos, sounds, and much more
- National Archives Daily Document – a new primary source document corresponding to that day in history
- Online Activities – designed primarily for K-8
- PBS Teachers – resources by grade level
- Playing History – a collection of more than 100 games in US and world history, geography, and civics
- Social Studies for Kids – fun facts, current events, games, glossaries, and more
- Social Studies Games and Activities – primarily for K-6
- X Timeline – allows students to collaborate on timelines together