Creative Writing #14: Have you explored using Kerpoof for digital storytelling?

Kerpoof as a writing tool was brought to my attention by one of our SchoolNet members, Warren Sparrow from Rondebosch Boys Prep. He has a post about Kerpoof on his blog (https://www.schoolnet.org.za/2013/06/kerpoof.html) and he has even created the first part of his own fairytale. What is Kerpoof? This is what it says on the Kerpoof website http://www.kerpoof.com/ “Kerpoof’s multimedia software is used by kids worldwide to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards a...

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Creative Writing #8: Try using Storybird with its beautiful art for inspired writing sessions

Storybird can be accessed at http://storybird.com/. This is a wonderful free creative writing site where you can create your own stories using interesting and beautiful images provided by a variety of illustrators. These can be summarised as ‘short, art-inspired stories’ and they are great for writing collaboratively or for individual writing. Teachers can get a free account for each class with easy access which is a great timesaver. Users can share their stories by sending a U...

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Creative Writing #7: Use YouTube stories to inspire your class to write…

There are many ways to get your class to write stories. This idea is to use YouTube videos to inspire writing. You could use these in different ways such as: Talk about the structure of a story in terms that your age group understands Show a video and then discuss the structure of the story or analyse the stages of a story Watch the story and ask your class to rewrite it and change it.  1. Owl Stories by Martin Waddell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJe0WupukAw 2. Handa’s Surprise b...

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Creative writing #6: Have you explored using Little Bird Tales for writing?

Little Bird Tales (http://littlebirdtales.com) has quickly become a favourite web 2.0 tool of mine for writing in the primary school, mostly because it’s so easy to create a high-quality product and you can draw your own pictures online plus add narration. The web site allows users to create podcasts with images — basically, narrated slideshows — in just three steps: Users can upload photos to their Bird Tale or they can use an embedded drawing tool to draw images. Older students can add te...

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30 days of writing #5: What is Creative Commons Licensing?

How much do you know about the ins and outs of posting something you have created on the Internet? Can anyone use it and share it? Can you use and share anything someone else has posted? Introducing Copyright on the web The African Storybook team felt that it was important to learn about free licensing on the web right at the beginning of this course. Licensing tells others what they can and can’t do with anything you put on the web. Basically, when you put something on the web it is copyrig...

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30 days of writing #4: Have you spoken to your students about Online Safety/Digital Citizenship?

Logo Design by FlamingText.com When practising online digital writing or digital storytelling it is useful to consider issues around online safety (or Digital Citizenship as it is called) especially when working with students.  Digital Writing: the art and practice of preparing documents primarily by computer and often for online delivery. Digital Storytelling: Digital Storytelling refers to using digital tools for writing stories A consideration of online safety is alway...

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30 Days of Writing #3: A prompt a day from Plinky.com

If you have access to 1:1 computers, or if your students have computers and Internet access at home, you could introduce them to daily writing exercise using a website called Plinky (http://www.plinky.com/) How does Plinky work? This is what the website says: “Every day we provide a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer. It’s simple to add photos, maps, playlists and more. You can easily share your Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, ...

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30 days of writing ideas #3: A request to share a true story based on Internet-sharing from Alan Levine

Submitted by Fiona Beal _______________________________________ If you are a South African teacher reading this we would like to tell you about a writing opportunity and a free online writing course that is coming up with SchoolNetSA  as part of the amazing African Storybook project and website that is being developed for Africa. Our 30 days of writing posts will lead up to giving more information about this. WATCH THIS SPACE! __________________________________________________________ Alan Levine is...

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30 Days of writing #2: Get your students writing for 60 seconds with oneword.com

Submitted by Fiona Beal _____________________________________________ If you are a South African teacher reading this we would like to tell you about a writing opportunity and a free online writing course that is coming up with SchoolNetSA  as part of the amazing African Storybook project and website that is being developed for Africa. Our 30 days of writing posts will lead up to giving more information about this. WATCH THIS SPACE! __________________________________________________________ More a...

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30 days of Writing #1: Welcome to the African Storybook project

_____________________________________________ If you are a South African teacher reading this we would like to tell you about a writing opportunity and a free online writing course that is coming up with SchoolNetSA  as part of this amazing African Storybook project and website that is being developed for Africa. Our 30 days of writing posts will lead up to giving more information about this. WATCH THIS SPACE! __________________________________________________________ Submitted by Fiona Beal. Po...

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