Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Digital Storytelling via Little Bird Tales by Jeannie Partin from Kindergarten Lifestyle

Welcome guest blogger, Jeannie!  

I encourage Kleinspiration readers to check out Jeannie's site and become a follower of her blog.  You'll certainly want to start following her on Pinterest (click here), Facebook (click here), and Twitter (click here).  She also has amazing products at her Teacher Store, please click here to follow her on TpT!

Hello all! My name is Jeannie Partin. I am the author of Kindergarten Lifestyle and I am super excited to be at Kleinspiration today! I have an awesome website to share with you today that will provide tons of great learning experiences for your students and help create memories that will last a lifetime. The possibilities really are ENDLESS!

The website I want to share with you is LittleBirdTales.



This website allows you to create photo albums and/or picture books with narration. 
It's FREE to use and super simple.

Here is how I used this website this year in my classroom:

Each year in my kindergarten classroom, we conduct an entire research unit on animals. One of the standards we have to meet is having the kids "present" their research. Typically they make posters, dioramas, book jackets, etc. This year was the first year I chose to try a ditigal storybook and I'm so glad I did. Check out our "Safari Research" presentation HERE.




Pretty cool, huh? This was a hit with the kids! I mean they NEVER got tired of seeing the animals they chose and hearing themselves and their classmates present their learning. It is still one of the most amazing activities I've done with my kiddos. It's very simple, but was a "thumbtack" to post all they learned about the various safari animals.

Something even cooler is that you can purchase the Mp4 download for $.99. (Of course you can view online for FREE anytime). That would be great to put in a listening center. Parents can also purchase the Mp4 as a wonderful keepsake! And, even as a teacher - I know I want to keep this to remember those sweet little ones - just hearing their voices brings back memories....:0) How special!

I am thinking of other ways I can use this wonderful resource:

*Books on Tape - well now Mp4 format. I never seem to have enough books for the listening center. I could totally read a book and download it as an Mp4 - and put in the listening center --- ANY book!
*Fluency center - kids can record themselves reading and listen to themselves.
*Retell center - kids can draw illustrations of the beginning, middle, and end of a favorite story and retell it.
*Writing center - kids can draw original pieces and narrate their stories - what creativity that involves!

Here is a quick video that explains even more you can do with Little Bird Tales
 (it's less than 2 minutes long).





I hope you enjoyed hearing a little about this awesome website and how you can use it with your students. Using technology in the classroom doesn't have to be tedious and difficult or take up lots of time. This site is super easy to use and we made our books in little 5 minute pockets of time....

In the comments below, please let us know your ideas for using this website's digital storybooks.



7 comments:

  1. Love this web site! Thanks for sharing. This will be the perfect addition to my classroom in the fall.

    Lisa

    Stories from Room 114

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Lisa. I'm excited to try it out as well. :)

    Cheers,

    Erin

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  3. I am always looking for ways to incorporate technology into our curriculum. I am moving from second grade down to kindergarten, and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this! I am so excited to use it with my students and my own kids.

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  5. I am so glad you found it useful..... I tell ya I've heard about using ditigal storybooks and never ventured out until this year. I am sooo glad I did - and now that school is over, it brings smile to my face just to hear my students again on our littlebirdtale :0)
    jeannie
    Kindergarten Lifestyle

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  6. AWESOME! I'm like you, my wheels are turning at the uses for this. Thanks for turning us on to this great resource.

    Donna

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