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Posted by Mike Boulanger | Posted in Bulletin, Website of the Week | Posted on 01-03-2010

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A number of worthwhile resources for you all this week!!

Flixtime is a new video creation service that is quite similar toAnimoto and StupeflixFlixtime gives users the ability to create 60 second videos by mixing together images, video clips, and music tracks. You can use your own images, video clips, and music tracks or you can choose media from the Flixtime galleries. One the things that I like about Flixtime over Animoto is Flixtime’s editing tool. Compared to AnimotoFlixtime affords you more control over the sequence and timing of images and audio. That said, I still prefer Stupeflix’s text editor over Flixtime’s.


Silvia Tolisano, author of the excellentLangwitches blog, has an awesome free ebook about digital storytelling. Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators is a 120 page guide to using digital storytelling tools in your classroom. The guide offers clear directions for using tools like Audacity, Google Maps, Photo Story, VoiceThread (ALL TOOLS WE HAVE HERE AT ZIS), and other digital media creation tools. Silvia’s directions are aided by clearly annotated screenshots of each digital storytelling tool.

Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators also provides a good explanation of digital storytelling in general and the benefits of using digital storytelling in your classroom. You can download the ebook for free on Lulu. You can also purchase a paperback copy of the book for $8.50. I think $8.50 is too low of a price because I bet most people would happily pay twice that price.

This weeks resources come from the invaluable blog FREE TECHNOLOGY 4 TEACHERS by Richard Byrne. A must add to your RSS reader or Diigo or Delicious bookmarking account!! If you don’t know what they are or want some help with setting up sny of them; then ya better drop in to this Thursday’s PD in the c-Lab and ask :-) !!

A late edition from Microsoft Education:

The ancient tradition of storytelling meets the digital age. When students create a movie or interactive slideshow to tell their story, learning becomes personal.With digital storytelling, students can: improve their writing, show creativity, have avoice

Digital storytelling projects lend themselves well to portfolio assessment.

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