Digital storytelling #4: Where can I find free images and sound effects for digital storytelling?

Submitted by Fiona Beal We are presenting a series of four posts about digital storytelling. The first three in the series have already been posted: Digital storytelling #1: What exactly is digital storytelling? Digital storytelling #2: How do I get started writing a digital story?Digital storytelling #3: Which tools can I use for creating a digital story. Today we review places to find free images and sound effects for digital storytelling.  Digital Storytelling combines writing, ...

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Digital storytelling #3: Which tools can I use for creating a digital story

Submitted by Fiona Beal We are presenting a series of four posts about digital storytelling. The first two is the series have already been posted: Digital storytelling #1: What exactly is digital storytelling? and Digital storytelling #2: How do I get started writing a digital story? Today we look at tools that can be used to create and present a digital story. There is no shortage of tools to use to create digital stories, whether online or offline. Here are some tools your student...

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Folk Tales/Storytelling: Past and Present – an awesome iEARN collaborative digital storytelling project

Yesterday I was pointed to this wonderful iEARN collaborative global digital storytelling project ‘Folk Tales/Storytelling  around the world’. This has been a popular global digital storytelling project since 2006 with variations on the project title from year to year… and it is still going.  The current project runs from September 2014 – March 2015 I took a look at the description of the current project, found at http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-2/group-83/about in the IEARN proj...

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Tips on how to create great videos using the online video-creation tool, WeVideo

Submitted by Fiona Beal Digital Storytelling is all the rage currently. One of the online tools that one can use to create a story is WeVideo.  WeVideo has several pricing plans one of which is a free plan. I am particularly interested in this application as it is one of the Apps that integrates with Google Drive.  Richard Byrne has written about this feature in a post called ‘Create Videos Online with WeVideo in Google Drive’.                 &nb...

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Digital Storytelling #8: Different ways to convert stories written as presentations to videos

Submitted by Fiona Beal Nowadays a student’s story writing no longer needs to remain hidden in their classwork books at school. They can easily share their hard work online, even in the form of videos. here are three ways to take a story that has been written and illustrated in a presentation format such as Powerpoint and convert it to a video fomat online 1. How to convert a PowerPoint presentation to a video file I was delighted when I came across this very clear explanation of how to convert a Po...

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Digital Storytelling #7-Different ways of uploading presentations to the web

Submitted by Fiona Beal These are free Web2.0 applications for uploading a presentation to the web so that it can be viewed online. A. SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/) SlideShare is the world’s largest and leading online community for hosting, discovering and sharing presentations. It is safe to say that SlideShare has become a must-have tool in every presenter’s toolbox today. Business professionals, teachers, public speakers and students alike often use it to find inspiration and ideas, l...

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Digital storytelling #6 – 20 Ideas for illustrating stories

Submitted by Fiona Beal Here are some suggestions for illustrating stories that you have written or that your class has written. 1. Hand drawn pictures Hand drawn with kokis or pencil crayons and scanned into the computer. Example: A noise in the night 2. Use cutouts Create a background in some way. Then cut out figures and objects and place them on the background. Take a photo. Then for the next page move them around again and take another photo. Example: Emily and the Seagull 3. Take photos ...

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Digital storytelling #5 – Finding royalty free images on the Internet

Submitted by Fiona Beal If we want to use already created clipart images to create a story we will need to be looking mainly for royalty free images. Here is a collection of resources to peruse. Larry Ferlazzo is a great curator of the web – he has a whole list of ‘Best of series…” sites which you can find here. So here are Larry Ferlazzo’s picks for The Best Online Sources For Images (not in order of preference). I think it is best to go for royaltry free/public domain pics. Here’s ...

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Digital Storytelling #4: Finding inspiration to get your class writing – story starter ideas

Submitted by Fiona Beal This post could be a useful one with ideas for you to use with your students to to help them find inspiration for writing! It is a collection of story starter sites on the Internet that could help to get those creative juices flowing.   They are also useful for getting the reluctant writer going. Nowadays with all the wonderful free applications available on the web a teacher doesn’t have to stress about this any more. There’s an abundance of ideas ‘out there&#...

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Digital Storytelling #3: What is your view of Digital Storytelling?

Submitted by Fiona Beal The term ‘Digital Storytelling’ has different meanings in different contexts I have discovered. Sometimes writing a story using a lovely online story editor such as Storybird is referred to as digital storytelling – and it probably is. Sometimes writing a story offline using PowerPoint or Keynote, and illustrating it, is referred to as digital storytelling – and it probably is. So the most simple definition of digital storytelling, that embraces both the a...

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