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StoryMap JS — Maps That Tell Stories

StoryMap JS

Continuing with the cartography as writing theme from the previous Persuasive Cartography post, today here’s a tool for using maps to create a narrative journey through a historical event, movement, or even a fictional story.

StoryMap JS allows students to create their own narrative story line through cartography where they are able to chart a path anywhere in the world using real places, from a very broad jump between nations down to actual street addresses.

Have students use this tool to show understanding of the sequencing of events through history (i.e. the Lewis and Clark Expedition), to better visualize a work of fiction (for example, locations in On the Road), or even to create their own original work.  StoryMap allows students to imbed content from YouTube, Wikipedia, GoogleMaps, SoundCloud, or even original images to tell their story.  This can also be used as a stand alone alternative for collating resources on a topic with the added benefit of allowing readers to view the map and journey taken at the same time.

There are wonderful tips and tricks for helping keep maps stories simple yet informative, and the creation interface is very simple and intuitive as well, making this a great alternative assessment for students as they don’t need to fully learn the tool before applying the content.

StoryMap Editor

 

Potential use in the classroom:  As an alternative to reading, collation of resources, or an alternative student assessment.

Recommended grade levels:  7-12 for creation, but any grade K-12 for simple visual learning.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2019 in Websites

 

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Toontastic — Create Your Own Cartoons

TOONTASTIC: FREE

Today I thought there might be a little change of pace and come back to some tools and tricks after a short hiatus.  Today I’m going to delve into the land of apps.  First up is Toontastic.

Toontastic: Free is a fun tool that allows students to create characters, stories and cartoons on the iPad.  You can use as an alternative assessment in class or for those students who do not have permission to, or may be reluctant to perform in video projects.  While the Toontastic app is geared more toward younger grades, it is easily adaptable and fun for higher grades too.

All you have to do in Toontastic is select or create your characters and move them on the screen to animate while recording your voice to tell your story.  Toontastic even helps students create their stories by waling them through a simple story arc where they can individually create a setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution to their stories.

From the iTunes description:

Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family on ToonTube, the app’s global storytelling network for kids.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

 

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That Quiz — Interactive, Real Time Reinforcement

That Quiz

We’re always trying to find new and exciting ways to (dare I say it?) drill and quiz our students.  Often they need repeated drills and practice with concepts to help reinforce learning and ideas.  That Quiz might be able to help.

Working on a simple platform, That Quiz has drills and materials available to help students with a myriad of subjects from math and science through foreign language and geography.  Each subject allows the user to set the criteria for each quiz.  Students can change the difficulty levels, number of questions, and add a timer, if desired as they use That Quiz for practice.

That Quiz offers real-time feedback, hints, and sharing options as well.  As teachers, you can also direct students to use That Quiz to your specifications. Create a free account to create quizzes from scratch or select from questions already entered into the That Quiz database.  Simply provide your students with a quiz code generated after you create an assessment and they will be taken right to your quiz.

Subjects offered are:

  • Integers – Arithmetic, Inequalities, Averages, Exponents, Factors, Algebra, Calculus
  • Fractions – Identity, Arithmetic, Inequality, Averages, Simplify, Probability
  • Concepts – Time, Money, Measure, Place value, Graphs, Sets
  • Geometry – Triangles, Squares, Points, Angles, Number line, Trigonometry
  • Vocabulary – English, Spanish, French, German
  • Geography – Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
  • Science – Cells, Anatomy, Elements, Conversion

Many textbook publishers and websites charge hefty fees for these kinds of drills and quizzes with full functionality.  That Quiz is a free web-based service that while not stunning graphically, easily makes up for it in ease of use and content.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites

 

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