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Storybird – art-inspired creative writing

Storybird is a brilliant site for creating stories based around pictures. There’s a wide range of artwork and illustrations to choose from and be inspired by. The site is extremely easy to use with simple drag and drop page creation. Stories can easily be shared allowing for peer review. With a Teacher account you can manage your class’s stories, create assignments and review work.

Celebrate Burns on Glow this week

There are some great live events on Glow TV this week to celebrate the life and work of Ayrshire’s own Robert Burns.

On Wednesday 25th January there are two events specifically for primaries, both live from Dalgety Bay Primary School in Fife. The events feature Kevin Thompson from Burns 250.

Primary 1-3, 9.45 am

This first session live from the school will involve story telling about the life of Robert Burns, his poems, and lots of opportunities to sing along to many of his famous, and sometimes funny songs!

Primary 4-7, 11.00 am

The second session will tells Burns’ life-story based around his songs and poems. The songs and poems are woven into a narrative about key points in Burns’ life from his birth in 1759 to his untimely death just 37 years later. The best way to enjoy Burns is to take part so audience participation is encouraged where songs have choruses!

Thursday 26th January – Primary 6 – S4, 11.00 am

Authors Live session with Liz Lochhead, via Scottish Book Trust. The Makar will be talking about what Burns means to her and will also be reading some of her own poems.

East Ayrshire’s Scots Poetry Wiki

Please also remember that pupils of any age can contribute their poems to the Scots Poetry Wiki on East Ayrshire Glow. Just follow the simple instructions and share your poems!

(Photo of the statue of Burns at Kilmarnock’s Burns Monument Centre)

Tools for digital storytelling

Here’s a really useful post from www.whiteboardblog.com with a list of 10 great sites for digital storytelling (mainly Primary level) -

10 tools for digital storytelling in class

Creative Writing with Prezi

Prezi is a fantastic presentation tool that can be used for all sorts of things (as well as an alternative to Powerpoint).

For example, it can be used as a writing tool for pupils and is particularly suited to poetry or flash fiction. There is an example and brief description of this at the Poetry Foundation blog.

Prezis can be embedded in Glow pages very easily – simply copy the embed code provided and paste it into the xml editor on your Glow page.

Look out for a new EA Glow group giving more ideas for writing with ICT (blogs, wikis, prezi, Glogster, etc) – coming soon.

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