STORYTELLING WITH PICTURES RESOURCES
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These resources will help students create picture-based stories.
- Picture Book Maker
This allows students to create six page stories by dragging background scenes into a page, dragging in animals and props, and typing text. All of the elements can be sized and positioned to fit the pages. Text is limited to roughly two lines per page. Completed stories are displayed with simple page turning effects. Stories created on Picture Book Maker can be printed and or saved as PDFs.
- My Storybook
This is a nice online tool for creating short story books. MyStorybook provides blank pages on which you can type, draw, and place clipart. Your storybook pages can also include pictures that you upload. After signing into your MyStorybook account you can start creating your first book. Click on the text fields to edit any existing text in the title and author fields. You can add more text by clicking "text" in the editing menu. To add a picture of your own select "items" in the editing menu. At the bottom of the "items" menu you will find an option to upload your own images. MyStorybook provides lots of stock imagery that you can place on a page or use as the background to a page. If you want to branch-out beyond text and images, use the drawing tools on your pages.
This a service designed for building and sharing visual stories. Thematic allows you to display up to twenty pictures organized around a theme of your choosing. You can add one line of text to each image in your story. Your completed story is displayed in a vertically scrolling format with each of your images occupying all of the available space in your browser. Creating a Thematic story is rather easy. After creating an account you can import pictures from your desktop and or from Dropbox. Import high resolution images as smaller images will become pixelated when enlarged to Thematic's full size. After importing your pictures you can add text and rearrange the sequence in which your images appear on your screen. Completed stories can be shared publicly or kept private. Each public story can be shared via by embedding it into a webpage.
Once your students have finished their collages they can enhance them by using ThingLink to add an interactive element to their collages. A video tutorial
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Thiss a browser-based tool for creating collages. PicMonkey provides image filters like those you find on Instagram, image cropping tools, and templates for building collages. PicMonkey doesn’t require students to register in order to use the service. Collages can be downloaded directly from the site.
This is a free app that allows you to quickly arrange pictures, video, text, and stickers into collages. From the app you can share your collage to Google Drive, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, and many other file sharing services. You can also simply save your collage to your tablet's camera roll.
A great service for creating infographics, slides, and photo collages. On Canva you can create infographics, slides, and photo collages in much the selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs (some of the clip art is free, some is not). You can also import your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be saved as PDF and PNG files. Canva offers a free iPad app that works in much the same way as the web version of the service. Check out Canva’s education page (?
) for lots of great lesson
plans built around the idea of telling stories