Telestory in the Elementary Classroom

Since returning from the holiday break, Fox Hill Help Desk students have been busy exploring educational iOS applications for the elementary classroom. Telestory is an app that the Help Desk students are especially excited about. After showing students just a few of Telestory’s features, including the themes, costumes, and cue cards, many students began making their own creations with Telestory. Fourth grade Help Desk student Kritika created an example Telestory early last week.  In her example, Kritika demonstrates the news theme. She reports on the weather in Burlington and facilitates two debates; one about should there be an extended recess and one about cell phones in the classroom. It is highly entertaining, worth a watch, and frankly it’s adorable!

Telestory Example by Help Desk Student Kritika 

How Did She Make That? A Telestory Tutorial by Kritika

Because she did such a great job making a Telestory example, I asked Kritika if she could make a tutorial on how to use the app. She did an OUTSTANDING job independently creating this detailed walk through of the app, so if you plan to use Telestory with your students, I HIGHLY recommend showing them Kritika’s demonstration. In the six minute tutorial, Kritika shows you how to select a theme, use costumes and cue cards and how to save a finished project to the camera roll. Telestory is a fantastic free app that not only encourages students to think creatively, it is an excellent way to have students practice their speech and language skills. Stay tuned for additional Telestory examples from Fox Hill third graders who recently read The Lemonade Wars and created book reviews with this excellent application.

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Explain Everything – The Basics

Below are four Explain Everything tutorials created for students and teachers by the student geniuses of the Help Desk at Fox Hill. We hope you find these tutorials helpful if you are new to using the iOS application Explain Everything. Enjoy!

Adding, deleting, and copying slides in Explain Everything

Adding and deleting audio in Explain Everything

How to add and change fonts in Explain Everything

Locking and unlocking objects in Explain Everything

Adding subheadings and arrows in Explain Everything

Deleting Objects in Explain Everything