How To Stories…with a Digital Twist!

What do Purple Cows, Nachos, and 3-D Robots have in common? They’re all things YOU can learn how to make, just by watching a simple Digital Story! Yep, so easy even a Third Grader could do it…actually, they did! And they created these digital stories to show YOU just how easy it is! Here’s an example:

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8852696&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8852838&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

So, how did they do it?

First, Mrs. Devlin worked with her students on writing expository “How To” paragraphs. Students then used their paragraphs to create a storyboard for their digital stories. Then they brought in supplies and had “picture day.” During this time, students followed their storyboards and took pictures of the step-by-step process of making their creation. The digital pictures were loaded on the computers in the lab, and students then used PhotoStory to finish their projects. It was interesting to listen to their problem solving skills as they followed their own directions…and even as they created their Digital Stories. Lots of learning took place, and the end product turned out great!

Check out all the projects here:
Digital “How To” Stories

Increasing “Writing” Time in Voicethread

Blenna Patterson just emailed me the solution to a problem that has been baffling me for awhile now…how to keep the writing from fading in Voicethread.  I am posting it here in case others have similiar problems.  The solution is so easy.  Here’s a Voicethread showing how:

http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=711

Pretty much all you need to do is click the center button in the color palette before you start drawing!!

Voicethread Color Palette

Voicethread Color Palette

If you haven’t tried out Voicethread, it’s a wonderful online digital storytelling tool that can be used across subject areas!