ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets you create your own 3D pop-up books by uploading pictures and adding text.
ZooBurst is also a very secure tool for young learners as its target users are teachers and students. If you choose the premium account you can have a class dashboard and control your students’ works easily.
If you have a webcam installed on your computer, you can also experience any ZooBurst book in Augmented Reality. You can create stories on your computer or iPad. If you are using the free account, you can create 10 books and your online pop-up book created with ZooBurst can be embedded in any website or blog.
I rarely read user manuals or watch tutorials, I sign up and fight with the tool for some time but I know some of you are not like me. Here you can read the detailed user manual of ZooBurst.
Smore is an online flyer creator but it looks very versatile and we, teachers can use it in many ways
You can design a flyer to invite people for an event you or your school created
describe a product
create a class newspaper or a school newsletter
compiling students board on one topic and embed into your class blogs
The tool allows you to upload photos and write text. You can edit your flyer after publishing it. When you click on update, it automatically updates the changes you’ve recently made. You can share your flyer and best of all embed it to your blogs or wikis. You can even print it out. You can allow comments, sharing on social media or enable them from the privacy settings
I will definitely share it with my colleagues at school and my students as well. I think they will create beautiful posters.
Pretend you are Billy. You just found out what happened to the two young men and realised you were also poisoned, and locked into a room. Luckily you have still your mobile (as the landlady is a little bit old-fashioned she hadn’t known anything about mobiles and social media). Write a text message to a close friend, update your status on Facebook and send a tweet to the whole world and ask for help. Write your version of the story.
Create a scrapbook based on the setting, events and characters from the story. (You can use a web 2.0 option for this task)
Years ago my students adapted the story to stage, wrote the script and performed. Unfortunately in those years, technology was not like this and I was also a bit technophobic so even a simple camera recording isn’t available now.
Here are some links to inspire you to prepare your own
You can watch a clip fro Hitchcock’s ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ then ask the students to redirect the movie. They have can prepare a PowerPoint presentation, a prezi or a glogster and introduce to the class their cast, soundtrack, setting, etc giving their reasons why they chose the actors and the music. They can also create a movie poster.
More ideas for reading classes:
Or if you can read all the stories in a row, maybe you can ask the similarities of these three women.
‘Turning Challenges into Opportunities’ was called the conference and it really helped us to see the opportunities that lay ahead us. A teacher who is eager to teach and overcome obstacles will always find ways to turn challenges into opportunities.
I’d like to thank all the Dogus University conference organisers, stuff and students who tried to do their best for the participants to spend two long weekend days with smiles on their faces while leaving the venue.
My presentation was
Revisiting Storytelling Digitally
Storytelling is one of the things we should give more emphasis in our classes. With stories we can experience many lives. By listening, we can learn how to tell our own stories. We are all storytellers but the generation we are teaching has started doing it digitally. This session will revise the storytelling, suggesting new ways to create digital ones.
The aim of my session was to tell participants how digital storytelling is similar to the traditional storytelling. The only difference is the media we are creating the stories with and how effective it can be as it will allow the learners to reach a real audience, not just the teacher in the classroom. We went through storytelling stages together, looked at how we can create digital ones, then I introduced my favourite tools to tell digital stories and shared some examples of my students’ digital products.