Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad
Aug07

Plotagon – A free animation app for the iPad

Plotagon is a free iOS app that lets you create impressive animations on an iPad. It works in a very similar way to websites such as GoAnimate and Xtranormal. Create different characters, put them into scenes and write the dialog. The computer then generates the speech from the text. The app is free but it does have in-app purchases, which may deter some teachers from using it. However there is an education version available which has...

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Make Great Looking Digital Stories with Adobe Slate for iPad
Apr07

Make Great Looking Digital Stories with Adobe Slate for iPad

Adobe  Slate is a new free Digital Storytelling app for the iPad that makes it easy to combine words and images into a story that can be published as beautifully laid-out Web content. Using Slate, children could create great-looking reports, mixing images and text to great effect. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels. Here’s an example student...

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App-vent Day 13 : Make Animations with Zu3D
Dec13

App-vent Day 13 : Make Animations with Zu3D

Zu3D is a powerful yet simple to stop-motion animation and timelapse app for the iPad. Zu3D uses the front or back cameras from the iPad to take a series of pictures, which it then strings together into a stop-motion animation. You can import and record sound effects as well as add titles, credits and speech bubbles. Zu3D comes with a library of sounds which can be used in your animations. The interface allows for...

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App-Vent Day 7 : My Story Book Maker
Dec07

App-Vent Day 7 : My Story Book Maker

My Story Book Maker lets children create and share their own ebooks and stories by adding drawings, photos, and stickers. They can also record their voice on every page and share your story with friends, family and classmates. My Story also allows multiple authors and syncing across multiple iPads! My Story combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy, language development, and creativity in ebook format....

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App-vent Day 6 : Tell Stories With Puppet Pals
Dec06

App-vent Day 6 : Tell Stories With Puppet Pals

Puppet Pals allows children to animate, and share their own stories. Simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your stories. The Puppet Pals App is free and comes with Wild West set of characters. For more scenes and characters you have to make in-app purchases of about 59p per pack, or you can buy a Directors Pass for £2.39 with all the character packs included. It’s worth getting the directors...

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App-vent Day 5 : Animate with Lego Movie Creator
Dec05

App-vent Day 5 : Animate with Lego Movie Creator

The LEGO movie creator is a free stop-frame animation app that lets you create simple animations on your iPad or other IOS device. Simple tools and guides make it easy to shoot, edit, and even score your movie with music. You need to provide your own characters to animate – but anything will work, it doesn’t have to be Lego! Features: -Choose from 7 different soundtracks, or add music from your library -Add different...

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App-vent Day 1 : Tell Stories with Sock Puppets
Dec01

App-vent Day 1 : Tell Stories with Sock Puppets

It’s December! And that means I’ll be celebrating app-vent with a different app posted here every day. So here’s the first app: Sock Puppets is a fun IOS app that lets children create their own lip-synched videos. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds from a library of resources. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to their voices. Some puppets have filters that will distort their...

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Explain Everything Screencasting App Now Available for Windows 8.1
Jul14

Explain Everything Screencasting App Now Available for Windows 8.1

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. I’ve written about using the iPad version for digital storytelling in the past, and now it’s available as a Windows 8.1 app. Explain Everything allows you to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a...

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10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class
Nov27

10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class

Put simply, “digital storytelling” is just using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more...

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Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly
Nov19

Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly

Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations. You can incorporate both the hand-drawn style of apps such as VideoScribe and the hand-moved objects style that you’ll have seen in videos such as CommonCraft. Moovly lets you add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations such as “hand drawn”, “drag on” and...

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Zooburst iPad App – 3D Storybooks with extra Augmented Reality
Jul01

Zooburst iPad App – 3D Storybooks with extra Augmented Reality

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create their own 3D pop-up books. I’ve written about it in the past, and it’s an excellent website. It’s now even better with the launch of their free iPad App, which you can download here. The ZooBurst iPad app contains some new features that make it easier to view the books you have created, plus access a library of books created by other people. a)...

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