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Thanks for the inspiration!

Thanks to my wonderful classmates, I have spent a large amount of time today playing around with different tools on-line. I have often seen different posters where there are a number of different words all centered around one theme but I have never known how to create one myself. Thanks to Judy, I have now discovered Wordle and I love what you can do.

While discovering this tool, I have also figured out how to take a snapshot of my screen. This took me quite a while to do, but after lots of playing around I was able to figure it out. It was remarkably easy to do. On my computer I had to use a tool called “Snipping tool”, but once I figured that out, I can now “snip” anything I want. I don’t know for sure if this is how it is supposed to be done, but that was the only way I could get it to work.

Thanks to Katy, I have discovered a tool called Picnik. This tool is amazingly simple to use and so much fun. I think I might just use it to make our family  Christmas picture this year a little more interesting. I can’t wait to play around with it. For all of you who were wondering what my daughter might look like, I used this tool on one of her many pics that I have taken.

Thanks to Chelsi’s wonderful work with Xtranormal, I thought that I would give that a try also. It was really easy to use. I could have done more tweaking on my video, but I really was just playing around. The only downside that I could find with this tool is that there are Xtranormal Points needed to publish your video. Once you purchase a character you can use them over and over again, but at a certain point, if you continued to use this tool, you would need to put some money into it. Anyway, here is the video that I did.


EC&I 831 – trial
by: Honni


Well, I think that is all the time I have for today to play. I have enjoyed myself. Let me know what you think of my different attempts with some really cool new tools.



Not too shabby!

After watching his older brother tell a story with the pictures that he chose, my four year old son also decided that he wanted to give it a try. He story is a little simpler than his brothers but he still did a fairly good job. Once again he picked the pictures and told the story himself. He was a little more hesitant than his brother’s story but still did a pretty good job.


Five Card Story: A 4 year old’s story

a Five Card Flickr story created by Alex

flickr photo by wonderbadger

flickr photo by dwtno

flickr photo by hummingcrow

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by hummingcrow

There was a kitty laying on the bed. And then the kitty went into the trees and found a bug in the forest. After that she found some flowers and then she ran onto the race track and she made it to the other side.

Pleasantly surprised!

Here is the story that my five-year old son told based upon the five pictures that he selected himself. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I had thought that I might have to guide his story a bit so that it worked together but he did it all himself (as you might be able to tell by all the “and then” linking words used in the story). He picked the pictures himself and linked the story in a way that I wouldn’t have thought of.

He said that his favorite part was picking out the pictures for his story and that he would like to try another story. Overall, I would say that this activity would definitely be doable in a Kindergarten classroom.


Five Card Story: A 5 year old’s story

a Five Card Flickr story created by Evan

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by Serenae

There was a fire in the back seat of a car. And then car ran into a building and the green books started on fire. And then the books fell off the shelf and hit the picture behind the robot. And then the building knocked over the trees behind the house.

Storytelling in a Kindergarten classroom

I have spent lots of time over the last few days thinking about different ways that I could incorporate some of the Storytelling tools into a Kindergarten classroom. I have played around with a couple of the links that Alan Levine has on his list, however I seem to always come back to the 5 Card Flickr. I really enjoyed this and I have told anyone who will listen to me about it. I have a number of friends who teach middle years and and they have all said how they think that this would be good for a writing assignment, in French or in English. I found that I could easily see how this would be beneficial in an older classroom because the students do more independent work and can work through a project like this. It did however take me a long time to figure out how to use it in my own classroom.

Finally it dawned on me that I could do it as a whole class project and introduce the students to storytelling. The children are all great at telling stories, but they are stories that have happened to them so they are more re-telling stories instead of creating stories. With a project like 5 Card Flickr we could learn about how to create stories based on the images that we were provided with. One benefit of using a tool like this is that the children have a starting point because they would have a visual to work with. It might be a little difficult because they pictures are not directly related but with a little practice I am sure they could get the hang of it.

Unfortunately due to my current maternity leave I can’t actually try this in the classroom. On the other hand, I do have a couple of kids at home that are close in age to Kindergarten students so they might be able to help me out. I am going to try to get my sons to help me later today (once the oldest gets home from school). I will be sure to post their attempt so that we can all see if it is in fact a possible project with younger students.

Wow, that was FUN!

I had a few minutes of free time so I thought that I would try out one of the digital storytelling links that Alan Levine shared with us last night in my EC&I 831 class. My first attempt was a Five Card Flickr Story. It was amazing simple to use and quite fun. I enjoyed picking through the random photos that came up and creating my story. As I picked the photos, it was amazing to see how a story formulated itself in my mind with little effort on my behalf. I simply looked at the pictures and the story seemed to be obvious. I didn’t know for sure if I was supposed to write my story down or not but I decided that in the section entitled “About this story” that I would write my story out.

Here is the link to the story that I created:  My Great Success.


Five Card Story: My Great Success

a Five Card Flickr story created by HLizee

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by katerha

flickr photo by cogdogblog

As I sit here contemplating my lastest work of literacy, I decided that it might be best to take a break. Of course there is no better way to take a relaxing break than to go out and have a piece of cake. So I make my way to the dessert shop, which just happens to be in a red caboose. A few weeks later, as I go to get the mail, to my surprise there is a cheque from my editor for one of my books. I couldn’t help but run out to the local bridge and shout for joy.