Storytelling in ICT part 2

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning, Early Years, Story Telling | Posted on October 6, 2014

Today we are going to share our story telling creations with the rest of the class. I am really pleased with the finished product I have created. I managed to combine media from three different apps on my iPad to produce my finished product. I started by creating an avatar on Tellagami which I used to create an introduction to an imaginary lesson using ICT to tell stories. I then used an app called Puppet Edu to import photographs I had taken of the actual book to then turn it into a digital book. I really liked using the Puppet Edu app. It was simple to use and you were able to use your own photographs or pictures and backgrounds that were already stored on the app. To combine these two apps to create one story, I imported both individual pieces into iMovie. This allows the introduction to the lesson and the story to follow on from each other. To view the two alternative finished pieces please click on the links below.

This is the original version made on Shadow Puppet Edu.

 

I really enjoyed creating these resources. I think it would be a lovely idea to give children the opportunity to create their own digital books using ICT. The Shadow Puppet app was a really simple and easy app to use and I can definately see how this could be used within an Early Years setting as well as in later Key Stages. I really liked how you could choose the kinds of pictures you added to the story, and this would allow lots of flexibility to give children the choice to create their own pictures using photography or art work, or use backgrounds and pictures already stored on the app. I thought it was a really nice feature that you could also add text to the story. This will allow children to practise communication through speech if they record their story, but also to practise literacy skills to add the written text. This is an app I would like to try to use with children on my next placement if the opportunity arises. Tellagami was an interesting app to use and I could see how this could be used to introduce a lesson or a new theme to a class. I think the idea of using a Tellagami avatar to conduct interviews or pose questions to the children would be quite exciting to try. The only thing that lets this app down is that the editing choices are very limited unless you purchase upgrades to the app. There are only a few backgrounds to choose, and only a few options that can be selected to change the appearance of your avatar. However, if you are happy to purchase upgrades the options become much wider.

Using ICT in Storytelling

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning, Early Years, placement, Story Telling | Posted on September 30, 2014

First day back at university and its the first day of year 3, my third an final year of teacher training! First lecture back and it’s ICT. This time last year I had left the session feeling frustrated that a lot of the contecnt had gone over my head. I felt I had little confidence or experience and found some of the technology really hard to use. This year, the first ICT lecture was a completely different story! My confidence is much higher and I feel I have  much better understanding of technology, the softwares and apps and the vocabulary. Being on two further teaching placements have allowed me to use some of the technology, and see the positive benefiits and results that can be found when using it with children.

Story telling is a vital part of child development. It helps a child develop a wider vocabulary, a greater understanding of language and language comprehension and it can also help develop a childs confidence. Some children may have the most wonderful ideas when it comes to creating a story, but may struggle to get this story into a written form. This is where the use of technology becomes very useful. There are many apps on the ipads for example that can allow a child to create a story without the need for written language. Children can verbally tell the story and add their own artwork or photographs to help tell the story. My last teaching placement I was working with a child in the writing area in the nursery. The particular child had a aprticular fondness for superheros. The staff had been trying very hard over the past few weeks to encourage the child to begin to mark marks and to write his name. The child sat next to me and drew picture after picture of superhero in a notebook and it was an absolute delight to hear the child explain what was happening on each page. As the child drew, I wrote down the story he was telling to me so that we could share it with the rest of the children in the nursery at the end of the session. I explained to the child I needed him to put his name on the book so that the children knew who the very important author who wrote the book was, and the child happily obliged and attempted to copy his name from the name card on the table.  As a surprise I took photographs of the book the child had created. I then uploaded these into iMovie and shared this with the child and then the rest of the class which the child absolutely enjoyed. It was fantastic to see how the child responded to this and it was great to see him then attemot to make and write a story the next day. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to extend this learning or offer the opportunity to other children to use the technology to tell their own stories.

Below is the pictoral version of the book created by the child. He then explained as this was on what was happening in each picture to his friends.

 

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It was good to refresh our memories on some ot the apps and web based programmes available to help support children and teachers in storytelling. We were introduced to some new apps such as shadowpuppet edu on the ipad. This is an app Iam unfamiliar with but would like to experiment and learn more about in the near future.

Another method of stroytelling we were introduced to was Green Screening. This is something again I have never had the opportunity to do. I think it would be a great tool to use with children, as it would allow them to appear in their own stories and they can instantly be transported to any location using the technology to create a scene behind them.

Puppet pals is an app I really enjoy using. I find this app simple to use and understand and this is an app I have not yet had the chance to use with children on teaching practice, but would love to have a go with. I recently upgraded my app to Puppet Pals too and was really impressed with the extra features this newer app has to offer.

I really liked the idea of Tellagami. I have never seen this app but I think this would be a fantastic tool to use for introducing a new idea to the class. The teacher can create an avatar based upon either themselves, one of the children or a completely random character perhaps from another planet. I think children would find this very engaging and I imagine they would be very keen to create their own avatar to tell the story they have produced to the rest of the class. This wouold also be a fantastic way to encourage a less confident child to speak to the rest of the class. The child can use theri own voice to share their work without the embarrassment sometimes caused by having to stand up and speak out loud in front of people.

 

To find out more about Tellagami click on the picture below to be taken to the website.

 

The idea of making an ebook is also a fantastic activity to make with children. I have been asked on a previous placement in a reception class, how do you make books? This would allow the children to explore the concept of making their own book, and it would also allow them to experience the proceeses that must be gone through. Children can learn about creating their storyline, their characters and this also allows opportunities for children to practise writing skills, communication and crtical thinking and imaginative skills. Some of the sugested websites and apps for these ideas were a little complicated I thought but I really liked the Story Jumper web based programmes that allowed children to create ebooks using their own photographs and text.

To find out more about Story Jumper click on the link below.

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Story telling no longer has to be about providing a child with a piece of paper and telling them to sit and write a story. ICT offers new ways for these stories to be interactive, cross curricular and done using multiple forms of media. ICT use in story telling allows all children to participate whether it be taking photos for the story, narrating their story using an avatar or creating their own books using pictures and text. ICT also allows the teacher to explore new ways of telling a story rather than the traditional sit down and read a book scenario. However I still firmly believe children need to be taught the fundamental skillls of physically writing their ideas and stories on to paper, as well as listeninng to a story from a book or reading a book.

ICT to Support Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning, Early Years, PSE, Story Telling | Posted on February 9, 2014

Whilst writing an assignment as part of the Children in Their Worlds module, I came upon what I thought was a fantastic tool to support children in writing about themselves. I discovered a section on the Cbeebies website which allows the child to create a story about themselves. This web based game allow the child to talk about their dislikes and likes and to create a mini profile. This web based game could be particularly useful to children who have English as an additional language or who may find it difficult to write much text. Children can select pages in the book to complete for example based upon their favourite foods, their friends and their family. Included are pictures to assist with completing the information, children can drag and click the appropriate picture onto the page. Children can also input some text onto the pages if they wish. This activity would also support communication development if it was completed in pairs or with the support of a teacher or adult. I liked that the options included lots of multi cultural foods and activities which helps to make the activity more inclusive. Children are also able to create stickers and upload thier own photographs onto the pages. This would allow for the use of various types of technology to be used. This web based resource could also be used to create a story about an imaginary character or perhaps a class teddy bear, allowing for lots of imaginative thinking and discussion. I really liked this resource and would certainly consider using this within my classroom to write personal profiles for the children.

Click on the link below to take a look for yourself to discover how you could use the app.

Cbeebies My Story Maker Game

Evaluating and Sharing our Story!

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning, Early Years, Story Telling, Uncategorized | Posted on February 9, 2014

The last lecture of year 2 was the session I was most looking forward to. As a group we had completed our story ICT product and were really looking forward to sharing it with the other students. Before the students shared our work we took a look at a few more applications and website resources that could be useful when using ICT in the classroom. We had been introduced briefly to Purple Mash in Year 1 and it was good to get a refresher on how this website worked. It was great to see how Purple Mash could be used to support many areas of the curriculum, including Science, Maths and Design & Technology. Upon reflection it is great to see the positive benefits of using ICt to support all areas of the curriculum. Some children may not enjoy the traditional methods of learning and teaching, but they may find learning about subjects through ICT resources and hardware more engaging. I have included a short video clip below giving an overview of Purple Mash and how it can be used to support learning.

After taking a look at the different websites and applications it was finally time to share our work! Each group took it in turns to present to the class the story they had produced. It was really interesting to see how many of the different apps and resources had been used to make the different tellings of the stories. Some groups had used puppet pals like ourselves to produce their story. Another group had used Monkey Jam to make a short video telling of their story, and others had made trailers for their stories using iMovie. On the whole each groups presentation was very well thought out, and it was clearly explained how they felt the story would support further learning within the Early Years. Groups suggested it could be a link for Literacy whereas others noted how the story could be used as the hook into learning about Geography for example.

Our presentation felt as though it went well. We explained our choice of story, in that we felt it was a well known story, with characters that children find appealing and it had some repetitive parts that children could join in with as the story progressed. We shared with the other groups our thoughts on how easy or difficult we found the different apps to use, and how we would amend our piece if we repeated the task. Feedback provided by the group was on the whole very positive, and it was commented upon that they liked the use of a child telling the story. Proud Mum moment for me as my son had read the story very well!

It was great to get the opportunity to work with a group to produce our own version of a well known and much loved story, and share our work with our friends. We also uploaded our video to the universities resource bank site, to allow other students to freely access our story.

So here it is! Our version of Hairy MacLary! Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

Lets Make A Story Movie!

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Posted by Sarah | Posted in Children's Learning, Early Years, Story Telling | Posted on February 9, 2014

The second of our ICT lectures again filled me with slight apprehension to begin with. I worried I would find it as challenging as the previous week. This lecture our main focus was on looking at some of the educational applications and programmes that could be used within the classroom to support learning. The focus of the session was how we could use multimedia and ICT to create our own version of a story within our groups. It was great to have a look at some apps and online programs such as the Night Zoo Keeper and Morfo to get some ideas on the different apps and programs we could use, and the kind of products we could create. Both of these were new to me and it was interesting to be introduced to programs and apps which are suitable for use in the Early Years. There is such wide range of products available it is good to have some recommendations, and see how they can benefit learning. Below is a brief video clip to show how Night Zookeeper works and how it can be used within the classroom to stimulate literacy and storytelling.

Powerpoint is another program that can be used to create stories and this was the format I was most aware and confident in using. I have seen interactive whiteboard and smart board programs being used in previous placements, and again I felt more comfortable with these. I love the idea of using popplet as a way to create a spider diagram of ideas with children. Not only does it allow the children to share their ideas, for the teacher to see what ideas are ptresent in the classroom, but it allows the children to use ICT at every stage of the storytelling process.  We were introduced to Puppet Pals, which is an app on the Ipad which was great for creating your own version of stories, or telling your own tales. This app allows you to use photographs that are then cut to create characters and backgrounds for your piece. I really enjoyed this app as it was simple to use and I liked the fact you could photograph people to include them within the story. This would allow the children to photograph themselves to play the main roles in their retelling. I did find cutting out the characters a little tricky, and moving the characters across screen can be a little fiddly. It’s very easy to move them too fast! However, both of these techniques could be of benefit to developing a child’s fine motor skills. The recording of sound was also a little tricky as you have to record it at the same time as moving the characters across the screen. We were shown how to multi-layer apps and export the completed video into another app called Imovie and this made the whole process of editing your film much easier. It was easier to record the sound as your clip was playing and it could be re-recorded if needed. You were also able to alter the speed, add sounds or music and cut bits from your clip to create a finished resource or piece of work. I really liked the feature that allowed you to make either a film or a movie trailer, but felt that with the trailers you had very specific things you had to do to complete it. You didnt have as much flexibility with creating a trailer as you had to have a set amount of clips.

  

Within our group we decided to retell the story of Hairy MacLary using Puppet Pals to create our original piece and then as shown in our lecture, we would multi-layer it into iMovie. As a group we used puppet pals to create our first take of  our story. We discovered as described before, it could be a little fiddly but it was extremely enjoyable! It was discussed how we would read the story, and after consideration we decided to ask my son to be the narrator. As a group we felt this offered something different, and it may appeal to children to hear another child reading. We also felt this allowed us to demonstrate to the other groups how a child could be involved in the process of telling a story using ICT.

This lecture was not as daunting as the first session had been. I felt I had  a better awareness of what we were learning about and about the technologies we were using. Having borrowed an iPad inbetween lectures to get to grips with how they worked really helped and definately helped to build my confidence. I feel I broadened my understanding of how ICt can be used in the Early Years, and how it can be linked to literacy in many different ways. I was really looking forward to sharing with the group our finished story!