Here's a fun way to encourage student writing while applying an understanding of a concept or story line.
The tool is Google Story Builder and here's the link.
Be sure to check out their samples on the start page of Google Story Builder.
Students create characters, develop their lines that show the interaction, explanation, or plot, add music, and save as a video.
Here's a tutorial:
Here's a Prezi with more information:
Try it with Math story problems, as a book trailer, as a review of science concepts, or a discussion between historical figures:
Earth: Center of the Universe?
Math Problems From Refranz Davis
Here is a great quick step set to Google Story Builder by Jason Carooll from Text Help
For the Pinterest Lovers, I did a search for Google Story builder and quite a few pins of samples have been posted:
ISTE 2014 (International Society for Technology in Education) was truly an International event.
There were children from all over the world showcasing their digital learning in the Poster Sessions.
I heard a potpourri of different languages as I walked through the convention center and exhibit hall.
It was huge, overwhelming, and wonderfully insightful.
And it strengthened my belief that, all over the world, the importance of deep, meaningful, learning experiences is of utmost importance among educators.
(hopefully lawmakers will follow suit soon)
Be sure to check out my friend and colleague, Debbie Smith's, ISTE Take Aways
Each one strikes a similar chord with me and I couldn't have explained them better.
Debbie and I had bookmarked sessions about Professional Development, Project Based learning and all things STEM...and in the process, we came across an exciting collection of new tools that can be used with the click of a mouse.
We are excited to share these ideas with our teachers, fellow EdTechs and Instructional Partners.
I have put all of my resources on a List.ly list which will be updated as I continue to curate ideas and resources from this powerful conference:
Be sure to check out Debbie's List.ly list, too. Some items may overlap, but many are different:
I want to highlight here what I call the "Turn around tools and tricks".
These are things teachers can click through and and get immediate inspiration for use in their classrooms without a lot of lead in time and preparation.
Hi, I'm Margie Brown, an Educational Technologist at Valley View Elementary School in Eanes ISD. I love working with students and teachers and discovering new digital tips and tricks everyday!
Check these out: