Creating Stories…

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 23, 2011

This week we were asked to create a visual story and I chose to use “StoryRobe” on the iPad!

After downloading the app it was quite simple! As you can see from the image you click “Create Story” to begin!

 After this, you go to the screen where you are asked to add photos or videos. You can do this by either taking photos or video WITH your iPad, or you can use existing ones from your photo gallery.

Simply add your photo and then click “yes” to continue adding photos. After you have finished adding your photos you can view and edit them or move on to record your story!

There is a limit of three minutes to speak so if you’re students are required to do one longer than this then you may have some issues. You can then leave the story and when you re-open the app, it detects you have a story waiting!

As you can see from the first photo, after you have finished your story you can click on the third option “share your story” and either upload it to your youtube account or e-mail it to yourself or others. A word of warning though – email did not work for me! Unless I am just stupid which is more likely to be the case.

I think this is a great tool for the classroom and in my perfect world where students all have iPads, it would be VERY easy to create a story using photos that they take or from the internet etc. This could be used in the classroom in a number of ways and even one thing that I thought could be quite nice is at the beginning of the year all students could create one to share something about themselves with the class for the teacher and students to get to know each other.

I think it also a helpful tool as it requires students to actually THINK about the photos rather than just sticking them on a powerpoint or a poster or something similar. So many times students choose unrelated photos that they think just goes along with their assignment but getting them to talk about it really helps!

I have created my own story and would love for you (not) to watch it haha due to my horrible voice and mistakes. Alas though, here it is…

World War 2 Through Facebook

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 23, 2011

Hey Bloggers,

This was an image I was given a while ¬†back, a teacher had done ‘World War 2 Through Facebook’

I was interested to read through and see the way in which students had responded to the events of WW2. Even though a lot of them are lighthearted and often joking, I think that the general gist of the events are shown and it’s clearly a way for students to connect to the content in a way that they are comfortable with.

What do you guys think, would you ever do anything like this with your students?

I think something similar could be done on edmodo…??

Let me know what you think!

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