Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Flat Stanley - A variation on a theme....

A very close and dear family moved away to Virginia a few years ago.  One day I got a great surprise when I went to my mailbox - I received a letter from Avery - their 5 year old at the time.  When I opened the envelope I found a letter asking me to write a story of my travel's with Flat Avery.  A small paper cutout of Flat Avery jumped out and we started on our journey!  I wanted us to do something new and different - not your typical Flat Stanley written story - so I decided to create a digital storytelling project.  

I started by using Whiteboard software and Google Earth and showed maps where Flat Avery lives and where I live, and recorded the process using Jing.

I scanned Flat Avery into my computer and we took a digital journey!  I used Adobe Premiere Photoshop software to put Flat Avery into fun scenes and pics.  The final project was produced by pulling in the files into Adobe Premiere Elements - I narrated my story - posted on Youtube - it was alot of fun and a big hit in Avery's kindergarten class.  Maybe next time you get a Flat Stanley in the mail, think about creating a digital project! 

Free iPad App Alert - The Hungry Catepillar

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Hurry and get this wonderful free app!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day App by Night & Day Studios is free today!  Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar helps children 2-5 with counting, quantity, addition and enhances their vocabulary.  For both iPad and iPhone - a must-have app.  Normally $2.99 - don't let this one crawl by!

Monday, March 11, 2013

MakeBelieveComix.Com - Literacy Tool

MakeBeliefsComix for Educators 

I found a great site today -  I remember using a cartoon creator when I worked at a middle school, unfortantely we only had one license so therefore it was difficult to allow all students to use it since not all had technology at home and labtime was scarce.  With this site students can create stories, autobiographies, diaries, and much more.

Teachers can get great ideas on how to integrate this site into their lessons: