There Must Be Fifty Web 2.0 Ways To Tell A Story

Hello Spencer, Kelly, Matt, Asher, Doug, Kiriana, Mallika, Meredith, and Doug!

First Assignment:

Students were directed to choose a word or phrase that has multiple meanings, can have different connotations depending on the viewing/listener, or had varying emotions. The words were then passed onto other students who wrote words and phrases describing the original word. This was meant to give the first student some feedback and insight into the different meaning of the words. They then used this material to generate a product using the following web based software: WetPaint, Canvastic, ImaginationCubed, Slide, and Glogster. Each student was assigned a particular application. Here are the students creations that were completed within 2 class periods at computers in the middle school library:
Kelly - Friends
Asher - School Conformity
Matt - Justice
Meredith - Love
Mallika - Disney

Second Assignment:

Description -

Your task is to create music to existing lyrics. You may use lyrics that we have viewed/looked at in class or use any lyrics with prior teacher approval. This task will be done over the course of 2 weeks.

Process/Assignment -

After getting approval of the lyrics that you will use for your assignment, you will use one of the programs/software listed under Tools to complete the task.

The song should have the following parts to it: 1) introduction - it can be a sound loop or just you singing "AHH"s; 2) an A section that is 16 measures long; 3) a B section that is 16 measures long; and 4) a closing section - again it can be a sound loop or just you singing "AHH"s.

The main part of the song is in ABA form, meaning it could be: something - something different - and then return to something; e.g., apple - banana - apple, or it can be Verse - Chorus - Verse. Remember, the lyrics have been written, you have to create the music.

The final part of the assignment will have you singing the lyrics with the music you created into the software of your choice.

Musical Terms -

To help you complete this task, I have given you some common musical words and their definitions:
Introduction - the beginning section of a composition.
Riff - a short rhythmic figure that is at the end of a phrase, verse, section.
Ostinato - an accompaniment figure that is repeated.
Chorus - a repeating melodic section.
Verse - the "story" of the composition.
Bridge - the connecting section of a composition.
Coda or Ending - the closing section of a composition.
Measure - a section of music that has usually 3 or 4 beats in it.
Feel free to ask your fellow classmates or Mrs. Klos or myself for help at any time.

Tools -

NoteFlight - An online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser.
KissTunes - Play and record tunes online using your QWERTY keyboard and share them.
JamStudio - The online music factory.
FinaleNotePad - I have program
Songsmith - I have program
Audacity - Free, cross-platform Sound Editor. Loaded on all netbooks
GarageBand - part of the iLife programs on Macintosh computers
Drum Set
Ken's Virtual Drum Set

Here are their completed projects:
Asher - "Funkyville"

Kiriana - "One Time"

Doug - "Crocodile Rock"

Meredith - Waiting for the Sirens Call"

Kelly - "Breathe"

Matt - New Rickroll"

Spencer - "Together Forever"


Third Assignment:

Students were asked to create an animation using the program GoAnimate. Their story needed to be based on classic nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill". Do you know all the verses to this simple story? The story served as a jumping off point, as evident in the following examples:

Fourth Assignment:

It's simple. Just write six sentences, saying anything you like, of course it has to be school appropriate. Six Sentences uses a paragraph format and it has to be six consecutive sentences, but definitely think beyond the 5 sentence paragraph format that your teachers have been drilling into you since you can remember - you know: topic sentence, 3 supporting sentences, concluding sentences - don't worry, I won't tell. The longer the sentences, with plenty of detail, the better, plus it can't be a poem, or have bullets. The title of your story should also be no longer than 36 characters, including spaces, (because 6 X 6 = 36). Again, say anything you like, tell a story with a lot of detail, tell a friend about it, and have a cool day :)

Here are some ideas/prompts to get you started. This page has 6 Sentences stories that were created and published by other people. The students finished assignments are found on this page.

Fifth Assignment:

Today you can tell a story in many ways. Just think about it though, at one time however the only way to tell a story was by either listening to it or seeing a picture of the story. Then there was a time not so long ago that producing multimedia digital stories required expensive equipment and technical expertise. Now we are at the point where you can do some very compelling story creation with nothing more complex than a web browser - anybody can do this!

As you work through this project remember to:
  • Design a basic story in 6 sentences that can be translated/created in a web 2.0 tool using images, audio, and/or video.
  • Create two original web 2.0 creations that will highlight/add to the emotional weight of two different stories. One of them will use audio, and one of them will use video.
  • Share and comment on a story through the VoiceThread process.

We are using the word "story" in a general sense; it may be a deeply personal one, a tale of a travel trip, or what one single concept/word means to you at this time and place. Because our "story" here consists of more than one type of media (images + text, audio + images, etc.) that are all assembled on the web, and can be presented on the web, commented on the web, or embedded into other web sites.


Your task is to create a collaborative VoiceThread. You each will create a story based on the concept of "6 Sentences". You will then take a different story made by another classmate and create an audio component to it. Then you will take another story made by a different classmate and create a video component to it. Each group will have the chance to harness the power of collaboration using technology.


You will create a "6 Sentences" story. Then another person will add audio to that story and finally, a different person will add video to go along with the story. This collaborative piece will use language arts, visual art, and audio art. You are given the freedom to use your creativity to express through music, art and words an idea/thought/story. The pictures and music are to describe what you imagined the storyteller was trying to depict. Each part of the project will be added to a VoiceThread created by you and then commented upon by all members in Mrs. Klos' class and finally the world.


The hardest part of this project is choosing the right pictures and music to sync with what the author had in mind when he/she wrote the story. But don't worry, you will use some cool technology tools to help you complete all aspects of this project.


Web 2.0 software, digital cameras, GarageBand, anything that we have used so far, whatever.


The key to this type of project is to allow for creativity. Do not limit your creativity to an assigned topic or software that I or Mrs. Klos says you have to use. If you find something out there on the Internet and we give you our approval - share it and use it. Trust me, if any one of you says that they are going to use PowerPoint to complete this project, you will have to listen to all of Bjork's music. When you write your own story, think about writing about an experience that all of us have had happen to us, having many/different meanings or that can be related to all types of people. This is to ensure that you have a wide range of options to complete your projects. Also, find a topic that can be developed with many layers.


This type of project can be used with any type of subject - the key is to think outside the box. You are telling a story.

The VoiceThread

The final project will be posted here and also displayed before the morning announcements. Caution - you will be doing a public VoiceThread for all the world to see/view and leave comments! An exciting part of this project when all is done will be that your project will be "collaborated" with teachers, parents and friends!!! Check out this VoiceThread done by 2nd grade art students from Utah, 9th grade English students from Colorado, and 5th-6th grade music composition students from Texas

But wait, there is more. You will be creating a project with words, visuals, and music. For further enrichment and to win cool prizes, each member of the Gifted Program is required to submit a 6 Sentence story on anything that he/she chooses.

As Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Create a 6 Sentences Story

  2. Create Audio and Media for two Different Stories

  3. Create a VoiceThread and Put it All Together!


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