Tuesday, June 19, 2012

9 year old's blog

I came across a link to a 9 year old's blog.  She blogs about her school lunch and collects money for meals for underprivileged children.  Wow! She rocks!


Saturday, June 9, 2012

links for teachers

Screencast-o-matic         http://screencast-o-matic.com
One-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE! Just click to record.

Pop-up-book pages that kids can make

10 Great tools for teachers: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/06/08/tools-tech-savvy-teachers/

https://vialogues.com/   join video and dialogues

Thursday, June 7, 2012

InDesign CS5

Books to learn InDesign CS5 Sandee Cohens Quickstart Visual Guide also lynda.com

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

this is way cool


Students can participate by adding a word to the site - The Lexicon of Sustainability:  http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Greenfoot http://www.greenfoot.org/door (teach and learn Java)
Teacher Ben   http://teacherben.com/ (good resource)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011


My Corkboard for my SAT students.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

a quote


"As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say." by Unknown

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

So cute. . .

Dirt Devil-The Exorcist from MrPrice2U on Vimeo.

Can't wait to use this in the fall with my English B students - hahahahaha

Saturday, June 25, 2011


June 22, 2011 Middle Years Graduation

Wednesday, June 22 marked our first graduation ceremony at the new school. We are an MYP Candidate school and as such we had our first Middle Years graduation.

The students chose a teacher to speak at the ceremony. I was honoured to be that teacher. My speech is here.

Oh yeah, I also made the program.

Friday, May 20, 2011

upcoming event . . .

Oeiras International School will be hosting a summer festival on June 17.

If you are in Portugal, please stop by!!!!

(oh yeah, I made the poster;-)

Monday, May 16, 2011

This sings of the IB Learner Profile

I would like to share this TED Talks with each of you. The speaker is Barry Schwartz-Psychologist. According to the blurb on TED Talks, “Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.”

When I watched this insightful presentation, I thought about the IB Learner Profile and how important it is. I liked his ideas of celebrating moral exemplars and acknowledging people. I agree with him when he says that we should act as moral exemplars to the people we are mentoring.

He’s right when he says that as teachers, we are always teaching; someone is always watching!

I especially liked it when he talked about being virtuous and people wanting to do the right thing, in the right way and for the right reason!

I think this sings the IB Learner Profiles.

Make yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine and sit back and enjoy (video is approx 21 min). Enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More about videos - oh yeah and important blogs and bloggers;-)

What does joy have to do with learning? Well,just about everything. To read this amazing blog post by Dean Shareski: http://ideasandthoughts.org/2011/02/17/what-does-joy-have-to-do-with-learning/

Oh, Wow! Videos - my new favourite thing!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Videos are becoming increasingly important. . .


Across More Classes, Videos Make the Grade

In some science and writing courses, final papers are giving way to multimedia

Film students aren't the only ones producing videos for homework these days. Professors teaching courses in writing, geology, forensics, sociology, anthropology, foreign languages, and many other disciplines now assign video projects, pushing students to make arguments formatted for the YouTube age. 

To read more . . .

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

12 Comics

The 12 Comics Learning Support program is an exciting and unique program that makes learning fun through the creation of a custom comic book, video game and short film. The primary focus of the program is designed to provide additional tools for organizations to empower, motivate and encourage students to enhance their knowledge and experience the incredible benefits of creative learning.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

May 7

The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries

Holly Gressley
An interesting op-ed article from the New York Times (By DAVE EGGERS and N├ŹNIVE CLEMENTS CALEGARI - Published: April 30, 2011)

WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, theJoint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition. . . 

It's worth a look.  To read the rest of the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/opinion/01eggers.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

100 People Project

TZ from Ramona Dietrich on Vimeo.

My Year 11 group participated in an international project this term:
100 People: A World Portrait  (http://100people.org/)

According to the 100 People Project, "this project aims to capture in film, photography, music and text 100 individuals who represent the global population, proportionate to annual global surveys and statistics.  This world portrait will be used to make an introduction between the peoples of the earth and to facilitate an understanding of the diversity and the commonalities among us."

This is one contribution by one of the members of my Year 11 class.  Thank you Tiago, this is amazing!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Donaldson Report

The Donaldson Report, Teaching Scotland's Future, http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/01/13092132/0 was the outcome of the Scottish government's national review of teacher education.
According to the findings teachers of the 21st Century should:
  • be reflective, with critical and creative thinking skills;
  • be committed to teaching as a vocation;
  • be committed to the development and learning of each child;
  • work in a range of partnerships to support the learning and development of each young person;
  • have a passion for learning and deep understanding of and enthusiasm for their subject;
  • have discernment to be able to put relevant theory into practice;
  • share ideas and network with colleagues; and
  • be keen to participate in their own personal learning and development.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

This Friday we pause.  We will have a well-earned 2 week hiatus commonly known as spring break.  But before we leave, we have a very full week culminating in an Easter Egg Hunt and end of Term 2 assembly. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's Yearbook Time!

It's yearbook time and I'm the Yearbook Co-ordinator.  So for the month of April, the push is on.  My deadline is May 2.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

World Poetry Day - March 21

This week was amazing.  Maggie (an English A teacher and friend at school) and I ran a poetry contest complete with prizes to celebrate World Poetry Day.  We got a whopping 24 submissions.  Great turnout considering that we are a start-up school with 56 kids.  Can't wait for next year - I'm already making plans . . .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Global Warming 2

Another look at Global Warming. . .

English B Standard - Criterion A, Criterion C Assessment
This is a small video that a student has created to inform you about a global issue.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jazzzzz too! - February 27

On Sunday, February 27 at 5:30pm Oeiras International School will present  the 2nd event in a series.  This event is a music and poetry recital which involves students and staff from our school, members of the CAP program, and parents.  These events are setting our school apart from the others;-)

I made the poster. . .

Jazzzz too! tickets

and tickets too . . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Student Work - VOICE THREAD


Oral language work has taken on new dimensions in the past few year.  We have moved beyond role-playing and into moved into a cyber realm.  Our audience now transends the local classroom and has spread across the planet.  Everyone can now participate in our learning.  WoW!!!  Imagine that!!!

Below are my Year 11 English B contributions to cyber-learning in the form of a VoiceThread;-)

Freedom of Religion - http://voicethread.com/?#u1551847.b1719739.i9051982
Freedom of Speech -  http://voicethread.com/share/1708770/

Global Warming 1

English B - Criterion A, Criterion C Assessment
This is a small video that a student has created to inform you about a global issue. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

You don't get harmony when everyone sings the same note. . .

Ain't that the truth.  Too many schools try to be one-note schools, where everyone is pre-programmed to think the same thing.  This does not allow for creativity, flexibility and growth of the organization or the individuals - staff and students alike.

Check out this blog post that I happened upon to learn more. http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/1774

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Google does it again . . .

Now the major art museums around the world are only a keystroke away with Google Art Project. It's like taking a holiday without every leaving home.  http://www.googleartproject.com/

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So you want to get a PhD in the Humanities

This is an example of an Xtranormal movie created by Leslie Allison a doctoral student studying 20th-century American literature at Temple U.   (source: The Chronicle http://chronicle.com/article/So-You-Think-an-English/125954/ )

I'm going to use this tool with my English B kids - they will get a kick out of this!!!!!   

Xtranormal - text to movie

 This is a very interesting site that I would like to look into: http://www.xtranormal.com  .

If anyone tries it, please share your opinion.  Thanks a bunch in advance;-)

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Networked Student

What does your PLN look like?

I included this as a post on my Year 11 blog to help them understand how important their digitial presence/identity is.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011

This is a recipe for the Happiest New Year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

'Twas the night before Christmas

This is the video that my Year 11 English B class prepared.  We wanted to show on the television in the reception area at our school - but something went wrong and we couldn't upload the file.  It's such a shame.

I decided to share this work with a cyber-audience. 

Merry Christmas to all!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

OIS Holiday Card

This is our very first Holiday card.  We are wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!

Friday, December 3, 2010

and tickets

accompanying tickets

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Sounds of Life

This is the poster I made to advertise our big production.  The kids are all working hard to bring down the house.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Simple & Chic

This is a poster I made to promote a dinner featuring music provided by students, teachers and members of the CAP (Creative Arts Program) here at my new school - OIS.

The event was super and all of the participants agreed that the venue was beautiful, the food was fab, the music was great, the performances were first-rate.

Creative Dance Workshop

These are posters I made to promote an event held on Nov 12 at my new school - OIS;-)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another cool video. . .

I've been lucky enough to come across another cool little video. It's quite simple, yet says a lot!

For more please visit this site - Ingredient X Entertainment - Tales of Mere Existence by Lev Yilmiz : http://www.ingredientx.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The future of the book

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

An interesting video offering a glimpse of one possible future.  Making every experience a multi-media event.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Too cute for words . . .

I came across a little cat video. 

I then followed the link to the Simon's Cat site and found that a really cute photo competition has just started.  What fun this is going to be in November for my Year 7's and 8's!

Take a photo of your favourite animal with Simon's Cat!

"In celebration of the new Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence book we've decided to hold a fun photo competition! In the book Simon's Cat ventures beyond his garden fence and discovers wondrous new sights and encounters many new animal friends.
 We'd like to take inspiration from the book by having Simon's Cat visit all your favourite animal friends all around the world!

We are pleased to have by Sue Lang of Stray Cat Rescue as guest judge. She will be the assisted in judging by Simon Tofield. "


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 6

Ewan McIntosh brought up a really good point about how PBL (project based learning)  should aim at solving real life problems and what effect these projects can have on his blog post of October 6.   I teach Technology at a new MYP school just outside of Lisbon in Portugal.  One of the main goals of the MYP is for students to become problem solvers.  A fine goal indeed . . .

Also linked to his post was this great site from Stanford University (http://dschool.stanford.edu/k12/). It's worth a visit. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


This was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A couple of my students were audience members on the Portuguese equivalent of American Idol.

AND they brought signs for ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

looking for a better way . . .

Always searching for free online storage and came across this site that hosts moving images (video), audio and texts! http://www.archive.org/

Here's my contribution -

What I really need is my own space on a server;-)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

International Day of Peace

This is the computer pop-up that we will be using tomorrow on our school's system to educate people about the United Nation's International Day of Peace and to inspire them to action.

For more information and the 24hour Peace Day Global Broadcast: http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Merlot Remote Presentation - August 15, 2009

Cristina Costa and I presented remotely at 2009 MERLOT International Conference on August 15, 2009 at 9:30pm(GMT).

Regular Session (30 minute Virtual session):
Get E-Creative: Teacher - Watch what kids are doing and be part of the movement
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Cristina Costa, Ramona Dietrich

In the last decade we have witnessed impressive technological advancements, which have increasingly been impacting on the way people communicate, work, and conduct life in general. Teaching and learning are no exceptions. Education needs to look at alternatives to make the connection with real life experiences if it wants to continue preparing individuals for the near future in a meaningful way. Above all it has to explore new e-fficient teaching strategies and create e-ffective learning situations based on real life contexts. Bridging the connection between the wider world and the local classroom will also help give education a fresh face. Note: Virtua presentation brought to you courtesy of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

If you missed us first time around, you can always catch us in re-runs (lol) here: http://conference.merlot.org/2009/Sat_Program.html#sataft


Consult the wiki we created to scaffold this presentation: http://getecreative.pbworks.com/

September 19

This was Dr. Pausch's speech to the Carnegie Mellon graduating class of 2008. As graduations are nothing more than new beginnings, I thought it appropriate to include it in my blog at the beginning of a new school year.

Dr. Pausch instructs each of us to "find your passion".

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Merlot Conference

Cristina and I submitted a presentation proposal for the Merlot Conference to be held in San Jose, CA this August.

Teaching and Learning in a Networked World
13-16 August 2009
Doubletree Hotel San Jose, California, USA
Our proposal was accepted, but, unfortunately, we are unable to attend. Well as luck would have it we were offered the opportunity to give an online presentation. (This give the word remote a positive spin!)
Stay tuned for more details.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Tools, tools, and more tools.

This is the week that I'm collecting new tools to play with. Here's another for my toy-box.

Cover it live!

another new option for live blogging - what will they think of next?????

Thursday, November 20, 2008

OMG -Brightstorm

I just found out about this new amazing online learning network where students can get extra help with classes or prepare for the SAT.  It's all online and it's done through a series of video tutorials.  It looks way cool!  Check them out at:   www.brightstorm.com 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blogging Course

"Using Blogs in Education" (November 9-14) was a big hit!
Our blurb:

Educational Technology is now a must in the classroom. The Internet and the www is a world known to all our students. They have grown up with technology and it is pervasive in their lives. They are the web generation! They associate computers with entertainment and fun. If the classroom can be converted into a forum of “edutainment” - everyone wins.

Although educators are not expected to be ICT experts, we cannot be indifferent to using technology in the classroom. Integrating technology may seem difficult, but it is easier than people think. In this Knowweek you will be introduced to various "freeware" blogging tools and the knowhow that will give you the confidence to use them in your classroom. Together we will explore many possibilities and reflect on their potential in an educational context.

and off we went from there. There were more than 25 participants and the forums were full of interesting and relevant discussions.

I learned a lot and came away with a Term 2 Year 8 (PhotoStory3) project.

Can't wait!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

a girl's world . . .

I love the net - you just never know what gems you are going to come across.

Today I watched a news spot about a couple of teenagers (Sara and Lauren) who started their own web site. And guess what - it's all about girls:-) It was created by girls, all the contributors are girls and the target audience is: GIRLS.

It's interesting to note that girls have a stronger web presence than boys do. More girls are blogging and posting pictures than boys. Experts say that girls out-perform boys in English and writing and blogs offer another venue where girls can communicate.

A Girls's World is looking for contributors so I will be passing their url along to "my girls" beginning next week.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Computers - just another tool

"....Computers are not rescuing the school from a weak curriculum, any more than putting pianos in every classroom would rescue a flawed music program. Wonderful learning can occur without computers or even paper. But once the teachers and children are enfranchised as explorers, computers, like pianos, can serve as powerful amplifiers, extending the reach and depth of the learners." Alan Kay

Computers are tools that kids must learn how to manipulate to be successful in their work-lives. I see my job as helping students make the most of each of these tools.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Balance is important . . .

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance
you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein (quoted from a 1930 letter to his son)

I saw this on another blog and thought it was important to take a few minutes at the beginning of the semester to remember the importance of maintaining a balanced existence. We are "at our best" when we strike a healthy balance between work and play. There really is time for both!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Here we go again . . .

It's time for classes to begin and I've come across some (game) sites that are valuable in more ways than one. First of all they contribute to student learning while being fun at the same time and they help others:

Free Rice - a vocabulary game that donates rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger
Aid to Children - another vocab game
Free Poverty - geography game. See how many cups of water you can donate by testing your knowledge about the world. Each correct answer means they will be donating 10 cups on your behalf.
Free Corn - the more you visit, the more you give . . .
Free Kibble - helps to support animal shelters
Free Kibble Kat - helps feed hungry cats

Kelly Tenkely from The Apple offers some suggestions:

How to integrate these websites into the classroom
Each of the above websites offers a wonderful opportunity to teach students to look outside their own needs to the needs of others. Use these websites to teach your students compassion, about other cultures, and about helping those less fortunate. The websites will also be a great way for your students to practice vocabulary or geography. Encourage your students to play these games from home when they are “bored” or just for fun. See how much rice, money, corn, water, or kibble you can raise as a class. Use these figures to teach graphing and charting. You create a “commercial” for the site, a poster advertising the site, etc. (I found a commercial that I made as an example for my students on Free Corn…small world!)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

slide.com - another ppt host

Ok - this is a test. Just wanted to try out this ppt host and saw that they offer some fun options. My Earth Day photos look pretty cool posing as a drive-in movie (hahahaha)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Blogs for Moms (and Dads too)

Well, I finally did it. I was able to offer a blogging class for parents. Since all of the kids had a blog this year (which served as their process journal for their IT classes)I thought it would be fun to get some of the parents involved too. This introduction to blogs would also serve as a tool to help them understand the role of the blog in the classroom. Five moms and the secretary from the Senior School attended the class and we had a lot of fun setting up 1st blogs!

Sunday, June 1, 2008


Another KnowSchools week starts today and runs until Friday (June 1-6). Cristina and I are providing a course entitled: Digital Photo-Stories: Enhancing Creativity. It should be lots of FUN!

Another video

Future of Education - The top video clips of the week are here

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

Knowschools - Everything Google

Wow! What a week! Cristina and I were once again involved in providing an online course at Knowschools. This time the title was "Everything Google" (April 27 - May 02). Google is much more than a serarch engine! We covered an array of Google apps: (Google Docs, Blogger, Google Calendar, Google Video, Google Doodle, Google Sketch up, You Tube, Google Desktop, Google Gadgets, Google Pages, Google Reader, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Groups, Picassa, Gmail and Gtalk)!

The course was held at Knowschools which offers classes in a virtual environment. It is intended for educators and one of their aims is to promote excellence in online education. We met a lot of really great teachers and we are now all Google experts (hahaha)!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Earth Day 2008

Another day, another Voicethread!

Earth Day 2008 (April 22) is just upon us. To participate in creating a better world my I have set-up a Voicethread so students at SDIS can offer suggestions.

Are these great kids or what???

Friday, April 4, 2008


Today my students got what they asked for! I have been wanting to incorporate the use of voicethread.com into my teaching practice and wasn't exactly sure how I was going to fit it in. Then out of the blue an opportunity presented itself;-D Yesterday one of my students was complaining about the research that they were doing about our upcoming project - creating a newsletter. I told him that I needed to know that each of the students actually knew what a newsletter was before we began to create one. He then replied that it would be a lot easier if they just took an oral quiz. It was another aha! moment. All the lights went on at one time! I knew that I now had a real purpose for my voicethread and would immediately introduce it into the curriculum.

Here it is:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Even MORE links


The Center has been active in publishing a number of articles about Digital Storytelling, in print and on the web, as well as a workbook and textbook about our process. We have also contributed to other publications and websites and numerous articles have been written about our work.
On Our Website
Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating CommunityTextbook by Joe Lambert. Available for purchase on-line.Digital Storytelling CookbookThe manual used for our workshops.
A Digital Story: MomnotmomThe digital story used in our workshop tutorials and Cookbook. Created by our former Community Programs Director Thenmozhi Soundarajan about her mother.The Digital DinerA series of interviews with practioners in the field.These Images from These PicturesA guide to writing into images prepared for the Canadian Film Centre's Great Canadian Storytelling Engine.Relationship MediaNotes and examples from a lecture at Stanford University, 2000.
Articles on Digital Storytelling
Is Digital Storytelling a Movement?By Joe Lambert. Reflections on the Digital Storytelling Community.
Storytelling for the New MillenniumBy Corey Hitchcock, SF Gate
Tell Me a (Digital) StoryBy Marcia Stepanek, Business Week
Digital Storytelling Finds Its Place in the Classroomby Tom Banaszewski, Infoday
What's Your StoryBy Daniel Pink, Fast Company
Digital Tools Easier to GraspBy J.D. Lasica, OJR Senior Editor
Resource Sites
Hilary McLellan's Story LinkHillary has posted one of the most extensive and up-to-date collections of links on Digital Storytelling available online.Digital Storytelling AssociationAn international association of Digital Storytellers, which CDS launched in November 2002.

More Digital Storytelling Links

Another student project with an interesting link to explore:-) http://www.digitalstories.org/

StorytellingCapture Wales A BBC sponsored this digital story telling site, which has individuals create and edit their own personal stories. A great example of the power multimedia presentation can have in capturing human experience. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/capturewales/ DigiTales: The Art of Telling Digital Stories A site by author Bernajean Porter dedicated to instruction, resources, examples and training opportunities all related to digital story telling. http://www.digitales.us/ Putting the Story into Digital Storytelling A presentation style .pdf file that stresses the student components of creating a digital story including the mechanics of story writing and the instructor side such as the elements of performance literacy - before committing it to a digital format. http://www.jasonohler.com/storytellingCenter for Digital Storytelling Originating at U.C.Berkley, the Center espouses the principle that every individual has a story to tell. This site contains examples, resources, instructional materials, learning opportunities and a cookbook. http://www.storycenter.org/ David Jakes On-line A site by renowned digital story telling workshop presenter dedicated to using the tools of the digital age to advance pedagogical practice and student learning. http://www.jakesonline.org/
Video Tools Digital Video for the Web: Assembling the Pieces This site addresses a wide array of issues related to the successful creation of digital video content for the internet. From an initial needs assessment to the finished product, this site offers a vast amount of easily digestible resources. http://stream.uen.org/medsol/digvid/html/mainmenu.html The Multimedia Project’s The Video Guide is a resource for both students and teachers to use as they explore the world of video. Containing four categories, the materials include such assets as advice sheets, activities and glossaries. http://pblmm.k12.ca.us/TechHelp/VideoHelp/VideoGuide.html Apple’s I-Movie site iMovie specific art, sounds, downloadable plug ins and assorted other resources are available here. http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/ Microsoft’s Movie Maker site Movie Maker tutorials, tips and tricks and downloads available from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx
Photo Tools Creating Online Image editing section containing several free online image tools and generators. http://www.creatingonline.com/image_editing/ FxFoto Free software for editing digital images http://www.fxfoto.com/ The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. www.gimp.org Graphics Primer Oregon State University College of Forestry’s site covers resolution, file types, file size and tools. http://www.cof.orst.edu/net/howto/grprimer/ Pics 4 Learning Copy-rite friendly images for education http://pics4learning.com
Audio Tools Public Domain Music A reference site to help identify public domain songs and public domain, royalty free music. http://www.pdinfo.com/list.htm Partners in Rhyme Royalty free music and sound effects. http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/ CDBurner.ca This site discusses and compares various Digital Audio Formats and the pros and cons of using each one. Great comparison tables for file size, encoding time and quality. http://www.cdburner.ca/digital-audio-formats-article/index.htm Audacity A free sound editor for all platforms. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Free Play Music A royalty free music site http://www.freeplaymusic.com
Other Digital Storytellers-From NECC 2006AFI Screen Education Center: Digital Filmmaking in the Core Curriculum AFI Screen Education—empowering educators with the tools of digital filmmaking to engage students in mastering core curriculum and key 21st century skills. http://www.afi.eduDigital Storytelling: Be the Next Ken Burns! Digital storytelling offers educators and students a platform to present information in new and dynamic ways. Examine K-12 uses and free online resources. http://twi.classroom.com/workshops/pscott/schedule_ds.htmThe Tech Savvy English Classroom Revisited From wikis to digital storytelling, this interactive session explores emerging tools and how they can help “move” the literacy skills of all students. http://www.bringingtheoutsidein.com

Digital Storytelling Links

More links that may (or may not - hahaha) be useful when teaching digital story-telling.

I happened upon the site: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/learnshops/digital/resources.php
when correcting student projects (thanks kids!) and thought they might be worth a glance.

Center for Digital Storytelling
is a non-profit project development, training, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives.

Digital Storytelling Cookbook
The Center for Digital Storytelling provides this online tutorial that provides an overview of the process of conceptualizing a digital story, including sections on "Recipe," "7 Elements," "Getting Started," "Storyboarding," "Digitizing Memories," and "Premiere."

Dana Atchley / Next Exit
Atchley, who passed away in 2000, was one of the pioneers in digital storytelling vis a vis Next Exit productions, complete with performances in front of a digital camp fire.

Digital Storytelling Festival
is an annual gathering of both experts and people interested in learning more about digital storytelling. This year, the festival is June 7-12, 2004 in Sedona.

The Elements of Digital Storytelling
An excellent resource site from the University of Minnesota.

Digital Storytelling Association

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Term 2 Ends

Term 2 ended on March 12 at 12:30 pm (GMT) and co-incided with the beginning of Spring Break.