Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tip of the Summer 2012: Little Bird Tales!

Little Bird Tales is a web-based storytelling tool used largely at home for children to share stories with family members.  However, it's being used more and more in the classroom these days.  Students can import pictures, draw with basic drawing tools, type the text of a story and narrate!  Really cool..  here's a brief video tutorial:

What is Little Bird Tales?
(Click HERE to go to Little Bird Tales)

Teaching History with Little Bird Tales?

Click HERE for basic directions on setting up Little Bird Tales. 
Click HERE for some public tales to view.
LBT Teacher Account
LBT Basics
LBT Galleries
LBT Make A Movie

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tip of the Week: June 15, 2012: Storybird - Collaborative Storytelling

"Storybird reverses the process of visual storytelling by starting with the image and "unlocking" the story inside. Choose an artist or a theme, get inspired, and start writing."

"A new literacy tool for a new generation
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories that are curiously fun to make, share, and read. Teachers love them because they inspire their most reluctant writers and readers and reward their most adventurous. Kids adore them because they feel empowered by the tools and supported by the social feedback. Sign up today for a free Class account!"

No student emails required:   Sign up and manage your students without requiring email addresses. Reset passwords when kids forget theirs.
Safe, secure, and private:  Set privacy levels and never worry about safety. Storybird has no chat function or personal profiles and administrators moderate all public books and comments.
Unlimited classes:  Start as many classes as you need and manage them from one simple dashboard. Tailor Class privacy settings, comments, and discussion threads to suit your students requirements or maturity.
Assignments:  Create thematic assignments within seconds to support your lesson plans. Assign privacy settings, turn Spellcheck on or off, and issue due dates. All using an intuitive interface.
Beautiful class libraries:  Automatically generate thematic libraries from your student's stories. Share them with parents and other schools.

See a quick tour HERE! 
Explore some examples HERE!

Are you ready???
Click HERE to create a free class account...!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Use Technology to Upend Education

I couldn't resist sending this article.. "Use Technology to Upend Education", by Justin Reich.* This short article sends a powerful message about how technology should (and should not) be used in classrooms.  It's bigger than simply having the 'stuff', or automating tasks and testing. Technology should be transforming teaching and learning, not supporting old methodology or our current educational system based on TESTING!!!.  Read about "creative agency" classrooms... This is a must read and I welcome COMMENTS!!!

* (Justin Reich is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University; a doctoral researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and the co-founder and co-director of EdTechTeacher, in Chestnut Hill, Mass., which works with teachers, schools, and districts to leverage new technologies. He also writes the EdTech Researcher blog on edweek.org.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tip of the Week: June 5th, 2012: Booksource & Titlewave!

Got your attention ???  Here are two great apps for organizing your classroom library of books!


Use your smartphone or iPad (or enter manually) the books in your classroom to help with organization, student borrowing, leveling, and so much more!


Titlewave is a component of the Follett Library Resource system that allows you to search the Follett library of over one million K-Adult books and curriculum-related audiovisual materials.  From there you can create lists by reading and interest level and even enter that information into Booksource!  You can download the free app which gives you access anywhere, any place and any time!