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Published on Mar 27, 2013

In 1998, in Uniontown Kansas, high school teacher Norm Conard and a handful of students stumbled across an unknown hero from the holocaust, Irena Sendler. A research project intended for the classroom soon sparked the interest of the world, and forever changed the lives of everyone involved. This is the Kansas side of the story.

K-state College of Education graduate Sabrina Murphy shares in her experiences with Mr. Conard and project member Megan Felt. For more information about the Irena Sendler Project please visit

All images were used by permission from:
The Lowell Milken Center and Yad Vashem
Music licensed through Premium Beat and the Vimeo music store:
Dan Phillipson
Emmett Cooke
Kerry Muzzey
Olive Musique

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The Life of an Eanes Pioneer Child
by Laura Wright’s Third Grade Class
Eanes Elementary (Austin, TX)

This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes.

Travel back in time and learn about Texas pioneer history with this interactive book created by Ms. Wright’s third grade students at Eanes Elementary School. The students use photo and video reenactments to share what life was like in our community over a century ago.

This is such a wonderful project.  Ms. Wright’s 3rd graders are rockin.’  What a super first attempt and I am sure an amazing learning experience for these students.  This is what education should be about.

I encourage any teacher with a Mac to download iBooks Author, FREE form the Mac App store and give this a try.  Clearly it is doable.

If you teach in a  PC Windows environment, you could make something similar using the iPad App, Book Creator ($5.49).  It is not iBooks Author, but very good.

Download it for FREE for your iPad and open in iBooks.

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by Clif Mims

Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories, presentations, reports, or tutorials you and your students make to share, read, and print. Storybird is a fun, collaborative website that can be integrated in all content areas and at all grade levels. It can be an effective resource for teaching parts of a story, the writing process, promoting creativity, and more. STEM and social studies teachers can use Storybird for engaging alternatives to traditional lessons, reports and presentations. Storybird also seamlessly keeps a portfolio of each student’s work.

Read the full story and access the materials, CLICK HERE

Clif has tons of wonderful examples , a excellent tutorials and lots of ideas for using in the classroom

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Reaching and teaching today’s learners requires a 21st century approach with rich media and creative projects. These resources help engage learners in the curriculum, build 21st century communication skills, and help students make personal connections to the content they are learning.

Pics4Learning – Copyright-friendly images for education
Need images for student projects? Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. With over 32,000 copyright-friendly images, Pics4Learning is your students’ best resource for photos to use in their projects!

Digital Storytelling Resource Kit
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to improve literacy and engage studenets in content learning. This kit contains articles, lessons, and samples to help you successfully implement digital storytelling with your students.
Download the Digital Storytelling Resource Kit

Take a Creative Approach to Common Core
Learn to use the new Common Core standards as inspiration for exciting, high-level technology projects in which students actively produce knowledge. From complete Common Core guides for Pixie in grades K-5 to creative project ideas in secondary language arts and math, these resources will help you take a creative approach to the Common Core Standards.
Download the Common Core Resources

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Creating Digital Artifacts

I recently wrote a post about “Creating and Collecting Digital Work“. When my son brought home this really charming and heart-warming hand drawn “about me” book, I instantly wanted him to tell me about each picture. His descriptions were so amusing and charming, I felt inspired and compelled to create a digital artifact of his work… with my iPad.
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Thanks to dkapulerTECHNOLOGY TIDBITS: THOUGHTS OF A CYBER HERO for sharing this resource.

What our users are saying about Moo-O
“Moo-O is able to get students to collaborate, read and speak in such a unique fashion that it has brought out the best in so many students. Being able to see themselves come alive in the stories is very exciting for them, as well as for their families and their classmates. I see an increase in self-confidence each time they produce another story.”
Christine Loots (Ed.D.), Navajo Elementary School District, Arizona
“As a teacher working in an urban school district with K-3 students who experienced some learning problems, I was intent on incorporating software that would engage my students in their own learning. I found Moo-O! One of my students has selective mutism, meaning that he only was speaking at home and not at school, except for a yes or no response to me. Once I started using Moo-O with him, he started talking! Not only was he reading aloud through the stories, he yells out to the class sometimes to be quiet while he is using Moo-O. Since the students stay with me through 3rd grade I will have the opportunity to continue incorporating Moo-O into his instructional program!”
Linda Coyle, Atlantic City School District, New Jersey

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The National Archives invites you to “pin your history to the world” at Historypin. This new media/map mashup site allows users to overlay photographs, videos and audio recordings on Google maps. Come help us put NARA on the map! Upload your digital files, add descriptive information and personal narratives to these items, and experience how familiar environments have changed over time in front of you. You are also encouraged to share your own memories and stories related to the records as well.

We launched with the following collections:

  • Mathew Brady Civil War photographs
  • Images from the Environmental Protection Agency’ Documerica photographic documentation project of the 1970s
  • Photographs of streets, buildings, and historic events in Washington, DC
  • Images used in the recent History Happens Here augmented reality contest.

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Moveable Feast Mobile Media is reinventing one aspect of storytelling: stories that feature places, either as a part of the story itself or as an important backdrop. We believe that amazing stories can be told – both fictional and non-fictional – with devices that fit in our pockets, can present images, audio, and even video, and always know where they (the devices themselves) are.

Moveable – our iOS app – is how YOU can experience these stories. As our community grows, you’ll be able to experience personal tours, location-based film projects, “crawls”, immersive games … the list is endless.

Oh, and if you want to CREATE stories, and publish them to the app, we’ve got you covered there, too. We’re looking for creative explorers. Are you one? If so, just sign up for an account from within the app. We’ll take it from there!

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A while back I did a post on top sites for Digital Storytelling. This has been a skill that is being taught in school districts all around the world, and is a key for developing technology literacy. With the recent wave of mobile devices and technologies, a giant step has been taken in how students develop these skills (via touch screen) in a brand new way .

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In Week 4 of  my Technology for Teaching and Learning class, we did the Spaghetti & Marshmallow Towers Challenge.  Sounds a little silly, I know, but, it was quite a bit of fun and tons of learning happened!

It leads into the Challenge Based Learning (CBL) unit I do each semester.  I had never tried this approach to introducing CBL before, but it was a powerful class period.  I took pictures, but should have filmed class!!  Lesson learned!  I have to thank and educator friend Dan Schmidt for introducing me to this strategy.

It really pushes groups of 4 students to work as a team and make decisions, as well as, problem solve.  It was amazing that in 5 classes, 8 groups in a class, every tower was completely different.  Pictures taken with my iPhone on Flickr. (it was little tough to take good pictures)

Each group was given a handful of spaghetti & small marshmallows and the challenge was to build the tallest tower.  I probably should have given each group the exact same amount of supplies, but I wanted them to be creative and use their imagination. When finished, the tower  had stand by itself for at least 3 minutes.  But, before they could start building, they had 5 minutes to sketch and plan!!  Some even did a little research on the internet, they did have laptops available, so why not?

After their towers were finished, they were required to plan and record a short team video reflection using Photobooth.  Even though the sketching and building seems a little old school in a technology class, we did get to the technology eventually.  And who says, pencil and paper is not technology.  Although, I do believe that everything does NOT have to be accomplished through the use of computer technology.  Sometimes pencil and paper is more appropriate!!

As the groups worked, it was very interesting to see their interactions with each other.  By the way, they only had 30 minutes to build their tower.

These students are all going to be classroom teachers, both elementary and secondary and the groups were mixed.  Some groups worked extremely well as a team, and quickly found their strengths and weaknesses.  Some groups had  a member that immediately emerged as their leader.  A few groups even had a “boss.”

In addition, the team tower building process was documented through photos they took with Photobooth and at completion, we choose a winning tower. Each group created video reflection, and added the photos they took of the building process and the video reflection to their websites. This was a new learning process as well, adding videos to their website.

First, they uploaded their reflection video to Youtube. I was surprised how many had never uploaded anything to Youtube.  From there, they shared the Youtube link with their team so they could grab the video and add tho their website.

I am looking forward to viewing those reflection videos on their websites. There websites are in the very early stages of course, but they can be accessed from a google doc list.  Websites are being created using either iWeb or WordPress.  Over 50% of my students own their own Mac, so it makes since to use iWeb. The ones that have a windows computer are using WordPress.  Truthfully, it would be easier if everyone was using the same thing……..but trying hard to accommodate!

Unfortunately, I recently learned that  it looks like iWeb is going away.  Grrrrr@#%%^%^%& . There was a hint, when iLife 11 came out and it did not include iWeb. But, I was praying that only meant that they were still updating iWeb. Now it is looking like iWeb will become a thing of the past very soon.   I am so bummed, :(   I personally have multiple websites made using iWeb and it is so dang easy.  I love the drag and drop and the freedom to do whatever I want. I am just not happy about this and having to change to something else for these sites.  Of course this blog is created using WordPress, but my other sites are iWeb.

I did learn some amazing things about WordPress from Jim Groom last week that makes me believe I will only use WordPress in my class beginning this summer.  But, I personally am not excited at all about having to give up iWeb.  Come on Apple, just update it and make us all happy campers!

Anyway, the student websites are ongoing throughout the semester. Students are adding things each week  and they continue to add to their websites as they progress through other education classes.  The hope is, they have good examples and a nice portfolio web presence to show a potential employer.  In this day and age, teaching  jobs are competitive.  Our students need an edge!!

Next week in class, we will continue our Challenge Based Learning unit.  The next step in the process.  In teams of 4, but not the same teams as this week, they will choose a topic, plan and create. The CBL project culminates with teams making a movie using iMovie.

If you want to learn a little more about CBL, check out the site and the white paper, as well as, the research behind this teaching strategy.

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In the Ed Parkour project I am involved with, last week we did a great deal of talking about Digital Storytelling.  We had Jim Groom in at KSU to speak and allow us to pick his brain about his Digital Storytelling class, DS106, so when I stumbled onto Shelly Terrell’s post and resources this morning and it seemed appropriate to share!!  By the way, I challenge everyone to “get hooked” on Jim’s The Daily Create. A new challenge visually everyday!!  Love it!!

by Shelly Sanchez Terrell.…Currently, I am moderating a free online course, Digital Storytelling for Young Learners, with a dream team of moderators who are phenomenal at working with young learners, Esra Girgin, Barbara Sakamoto, Özge Karaoglu, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, and Michelle Worgan.

Over 250 participants have joined and have shared incredibly imaginative stories in our online class portfolio. One of the most surprising discoveries, though, was that 62% of the teachers who took our survey said they had never had their learners create digital stories. Our language learners have powerful stories to share and often share personal stories in blogs, Facebook, Youtube, or Twitter. Through digital storytelling we motivate our learners to apply, contextualize, visualize, and personalize the language they learn. There are 100s of free digital tools and websites to inspire your learners to create extremely imaginative stories and share them with a global audience. I hope the following tips and resources will help you along your journey towards integrating digital storytelling into your curriculum.

  • Tips
  • Recommended Webtools
  • Creative Commons Music and Images
  • Digital Storytelling Apps
  • Free ebooks

Check out the full story and all the resources, Click Here

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We created a Digital Storytelling Resource Kit to help you get started using this exciting process to help students build important communication skills and make connections to the content they are learning in your classroom.
The Digital Storytelling Resource Kit includes:

• articles on digital storytelling in the classroom,
• digital storytelling lessons plans from across the curriculum,
• exciting student samples you can use to set expectations and get students on board!

Use the Digital Storytelling Resource Kit to start implementing this exciting process in your classroom.

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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
posted about the Global Teddy Bears project on August 29th,   Global Project- Teddy Bears Around the World in its 4th Year, today she is telling how we can all participate, Why and How to Participate in Teddy Bears Around The World Project?

Please check out all the information as well as the blog for the project

Even though most think of this as a elementary project, I really think it could work at any level.  It just might require thinking a little outsidf

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Just stumbled into a good site about Using the iPad for Digital Storytelling.  Isn’t that how it always works, you are looking for one thing and find something else.  The site has some great resources and could be quite useful.

“Digital Storytelling can transform your students’ writing into a visual masterpiece that is filled with voice and emotion, while enhancing critical thinking skills.  The iPad takes digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier, and even more engaging for students of all grade levels as well as for their teachers.

This site will help guide you in what you need for success in the iPad Digital Storytelling classroom.”
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Teacher and school-improvement coach Elena Aguilar used digital cameras to help a group of middle-school boys learn to share and understand the realities of their lives in urban Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods. Aguilar’s students took many pictures of blight before beginning to see more positive angles, and used the images as starting points for writing assignments they initially had resisted.

Read the full story, Aguilar’s blog (3/8)

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The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern Day Slavery” is an excellent multimedia resource on human trafficking.  Wow is is startling, and would fit right in to many units of study.  The first one that comes to mind is when we study the Civil War.  As Americas, we just assume the Civil War ended slavery.  Well, did it?

Here is  the link to Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day Blog resources for more things to hlep in your unit of studdy or lesson plan:  The Best Resources For Learning About Human Trafficking Today.