Digital Tools For Creativity!

February 2017

Pixar In A Box by Khan Academy

Pixar In A Box by Khan Academy - I recently found this while digging around in Khan Academy. Though I am not certain I would have students use all of these lessons in an elementary classroom, they would gain much from exploring and I loved the video below! It would make an inspirational kick off for our budding creative writers! (An added bonus for our students...the main narrator is Pete Docter, a native of Apple Valley, MN, a town near our school!) Star Tribune Article
Introduction to Storytelling | Pixar in a Box

My Storybook

MyStorybook is a free, easy picture book creation web app. Students can add text, grab images of the web, draw and write. After they create their book, they can share the URL address so others can read it too!
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The Peanut Gallery

The Peanut Gallery - This fun and creative apps gives students a peek into the early days of silent films while getting them actively involved in writing a script...or should I say speaking the script! They can dictate the script for an old movie...give your students a try and they will be hooked! The Peanut Gallery
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Quozia

Quozia - Creates attractive signs & quotations lickety-split! Students will love creating their own.
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WriteReader - Children As Creators

WriteReader - Is a free web app that gives students an opportunity to write their own books. I would suggest that this resource is best used for nonfiction work rather than purely creative writing. I might use MyStorybook if I wanted students to write a creative story. The app gives students to add images from the camera or the internet. Students can write the text of the book and record their voices reading it. It allows teachers to create classes and has teacher dashboard options making it easier for them to read and edit their student's work. Check out this example!
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Sutori

Sutori - Is a free interactive digital timeline creator. Students can tell a story or create a timeline! This tool would be perfect for a history lesson. Teachers can use it to present content to the class, but even better, students can create and share with each other! Check out this example!
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Vibby

Vibby is a free video platform that enables teachers to clip parts of multiple videos, embed questions, share and discuss with students. I have played with many tools that allow video editing with embedded questions, but this one was by far the easiest! It is a way to take video learning to the next level and give students the ability to learn at their own pace. Try having students create their own Vibby to share with the class! Check out this example!

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