Festivals & Celebrations
Mog’s Christmas Calamity
A digital animation based on the original story by Judith Kerr. This production was created by Sainsbury (UK company) to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Of interest – a supporting ‘behind the scenes‘ video with Judith Kerr and others involved in making the clip.
Coming Home – Michael Morporgo
Michael Morpurgo reads his book Coming Home, the story of a courageous robin undertaking an epic journey home to Britain, where a young girl eagerly awaits his annual return.
Google Lit Trips
Google Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, there will be placemarkers with pop-up windows that present “just in time” resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references in that portion of the story. Useful overview at Edutopia: Google Lit Trips: Bringing Travel Tales to Life.
The Literacy Shed
The Literacy Shed is a British educational site with a rich and diverse categorised selection of short video clips. Some have suggestions for use by teachers and work samples completed by students following use of a resource as a stimulus. Some are challenging, futuristic, thought-provoking … for teens too. Check that the video downloads successfully before playing to class – some schools have issues.
The index provides an extensive list of films and their location within the site.
Teaching ideas for Soar and alternative source to the video.
Storyline Online is a website with a range of stories suitable mainly for
primary-aged children. The stories are read aloud by some well known
actors and are accompanied by a video of the book. Some books provide activities to accompany the book.
Story Bird is a place where children are inspired by artwork to create their own digital stories. Starting with a selected piece of artwork that interests them they then create a story. It is very simple to use. It is free to create a class account where each child then has their own username and password. Once complete, the books can be purchased for a price.
Students can also view their friends’ stories in the class and make comments. Its a great way to introduce online etiquette and safety too as they can also view books written by the public.