Fotor for Classroom Creativity

Nov 17, 2016 by

fotorFotor is an image editing tool and then some. Upload your images or grab them from cloud storage and get creative. Use the simple photo-editing tools to auto-enhance or touch up or get creative and make a collage. Fotor also has built-in effects, text, stickers, and frames and even tools to change the appearance of the content of the photo.  Students can go as far as their imaginations can take them with this photo-editing tool.  This is a great way for students to show what they have learned with a visual representation. 

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Toontastic Classroom Example

Oct 20, 2016 by

toontastic Some time ago, we featured Toontastic, a really fun app for digital storytelling. Below is an example of how it can be used in the classroom.

Mr. Jordan’s 2nd grade students use Toontastic to tell stories about the life cycles of organisms that they learn about during science.  The students work in pairs to research the organism. Students first do research on their organism and then write a story about the life of the creature.  Mr. Jordan has a class Toontastic account and allows each student to work on their story using the five class iPads at the writing center.  Students are able to begin working on their story as soon as they start researching and thinking about life as that animal.  The project lasts six weeks and Mr. Jordan shares the stories with the parents after the Toontastic is complete.

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Vocaroo for Feedback

Oct 4, 2016 by

vocarooVocaroo is a simple, web-based recording tool that anyone can use. Press the record button to begin, press the stop button when you are done. Press the play button to hear your recording. Share your recording via email, social, media, QR code, or embed it in a web site. You can even download your file as an MP3 or .wav file. Vocaroo is a simple way to record audio and save it or share it.

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Comic Master for Digital Storytelling

Sep 28, 2016 by

comicmasterComic Master is a web-based tool that students can use to write short graphic novels.  They can design how the pages should look and add backgrounds and characters for their story.  A variety of speech bubbles and text fields make it fun to spin a tale.  Add props and special effects to round out the graphic novel and then you’re ready to publish or print.  Comic Master is a fun way for students to practice fictional writing, share their thoughts or feelings, or show evidence of content learning.

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CS First for Coding

Sep 27, 2016 by

csfirstCS First is a coding curriculum developed by Google to help bring coding clubs to schools around the world. Since launching, almost half a million students have begun using CS First to learn to code.  With ten different curriculum paths at varying levels available, CS First has something for everyone.  CS First is easy to start with kids and the only requirements are a computer with Internet, headphones, and a willing adult to start a club.  The CS First curriculum packages will walk students through introductory and more advanced coding based on different possible career paths so students can learn more about future career interests while learning to code.

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