Build number sense and data skills with storytelling

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 9, 2023 8:01:39 AM

Data is changing our world. While our youngest learners are just learning to count and write, they still need to build strong foundations for working with data. To help get them ready for future work in data science, focus on collecting and visualizing data.

"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough."
— Albert Einstein

Use the following children's books as the basis for powerful storytelling that gets students to count, measure, and analyze information. 

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Topics: digital storytelling, Wixie, number sense, data

Green screen your students "into" their Wixie projects

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 17, 2023 8:17:36 AM

Students love to be a part of the action and using a green screen makes it easy to jump into a range of digital classroom projects. Imagine sharing information as an animal, transporting yourself back in time or exploring a far away culture. Green screen can help.

Green screen commonly refers to removing the background from an image so it can be easily combined with a different image. A "green screen" is what you put your actor in front of as you capture their image. The computer then uses a process called chroma key to remove a single color or color range from the background, making it easy to combine with a new background.

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Topics: digital storytelling, Wixie

Creative technology tools and writing across the curriculum

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 4, 2016 12:44:09 PM

"Because writing is thinking and learning requires thinking, students who write as they are learning think more and thus learn more."

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Topics: creative software, ela, common core, digital storytelling, digital age learning, writing

Great ideas for first animation projects

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Dec 9, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Frames has tools that make it perfect for stopmotion, cartooning, claymation, and digital storytelling. While there are a lot of features, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get started.

Like all our tools, you will find Recipe tutorials that can help you learn enough to have the confidence to start with your students. You can follow the tutorial directions to build some really fun curriculum projects, or use them as inspiration. Here are some ideas.

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Topics: frames, digital storytelling, claymation, stopmotion, animation

Using Animation and Digital Storytelling to Support Common Core

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 23, 2013 3:41:00 PM

From the moment they wake up in the morning, animated cartoons and powerful digital stories surround our students. Animation and digital storytelling provide a myriad of opportunities for high-level performance tasks that engage students in Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.

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Topics: frames, common core, digital storytelling, standards, 21st century classroom, animation, interview

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