VoiceThread Redux

I think I mentioned VoiceThread before – the marvelous web site that lets you present a slide show and record comments, captions & doodles. The other innovation of VoiceThread is you can invite others to comment as well, creating a visually guided dialog about… well, anything. One of my favorites: …

Edison Student Animators Gets its Start!

We’ve just had our first of two weekend workshops for students interested in stop motion animation with Legos and other stuff. I worked with 2 students (4th & 5th grade) who helped lead the workshop, and another 5th grader who signed on for tech support. With 14 other 4th and …

Student Publishing Wiki

As I approach a new session of my after school publishing program, I decided to use a wiki to see if I could help make the process clearer to students and give them more opportunities to work independently. My Edison Student Publishers Wiki includes information about the program, and tips …

Skitching again…

I’ve written about Skitch before, but now that I’ve been using it a while, I have to put it out there again as one of my must-have’s. Why? It’s fun, it’s good looking, it’s easy and above all, it’s several practical tools built into one. Screen Capture – grab a …

50 Web Tools to Tell a Story

Wow… Alan Levine has done us all a great service by compiling a list of fifty online tools for storytelling, from slideshows to timeline tools to sites that let you combine text and diverse media formats. In addition, he’s used each tool to tell the same “Dominoe story” and often …

Combining Cool Tools

Okay, so now I’m blending Google Doc’s new online presentation software with Plasq’s cool and easy screenshot/annotating/uploading tool called Skitch. I think this has potential. The image is everything, because you write your step-by-step instructions right on it. Both students and teachers could use Skitch to create, snap or import …

Teaching Digital Photography, from YouthLearn

YouthLearn’s fabulous site offers several tutorials on exploring and using digital photography, graphics and other visual or multimedia arts with kids.  Beginning with this tutorial on teaching digital photography and moving onto other topics, you’ll benefit from their wisdom, whether you’re just getting started or have been using photography with …

Smithsonian Images

Smithsonian Images offers an online catalog of its amazing photo collection, organized by topic, for personal and educational use. Browse or search through selected images from the Collections of the Office of Imaging and Photographic Services. Included are images from current exhibits, Smithsonian events and historic collections. Select and download …