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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Old Dog, New Trick

Sad to admit, but the video below is my first complete PhotoStory project ever. It was part of a proposal for the Open Innovation Project which challenges teachers to answer the question, "How might a teacher who has a student(s) reading significantly below grade level build a foundation of literacy skills for ultimate reading success?" If you have a minute to spare, read more about that here and learn how to lend your support (it's painless, and only takes a few minutes!)

While I think the video came out well, it's funny that I helped students do this for two years and only now actually created one myself. Thanks goes to Mark Geary, whose article Making Book Trailers with Photo Story 3 reminded me just how easy the process was. The music comes from Kevin MacLeod's Incompetech site, which houses tons of free, original songs, generously offered for nonprofit projects.

If you haven't tackled digital storytelling or other interactive writing with your students yet, PhotoStory is a nice place to start.