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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Question 1: What websites or software tools can we use to create and share great book stories for this project?


Answer: Any websites or tools that you want. Websites which permit direct linking and moderated feedback are probably best, however.

Question 2: What website do you recommend for creating great book stories and why?


Answer: We recommend VoiceThread because it is cross-platform, simple to use, has good instructions for students and teachers, permits moderated audio and textual feedback, and is free! To learn more check out the example, "What Is A VoiceThread?"

Question 3: What other websites can be used to create great book stories?


Answer: We recommend websites which focus on still images and voice narration. Here are some options!

  1. VoiceThread - supports moderated feedback!
  2. BubbleShare - supports  feedback, but teachers CANNOT moderate it
  3. DigitalStoryteller - feedback not supported

Other sites are also available which support online video editing and sharing, as well as still image and voice narration digital stories. These include:

  1.  EyeSpot
  2. Vimeo



Question 4: Can we use software programs to create great book stories? Which ones do you recommend?



Answer: If you are using Windows XP computers, PhotoStory3 is a good, free program as is Windows MovieMaker. If you are using Macintosh computers, iMovie is great. Be aware, however, that if you use software on your PC to create a digital story you will need to UPLOAD YOUR FINISHED FILE to a website where it can be "hosted" and made available to others via a link. If you use a tool like VoiceThread or Bubbleshare, your great book story will immediately be available and shareable online. This can REALLY simplify the process of publishing/sharing your great book story as well as permitting others to share feedback on it.

Question 5: I'm nervous about my students sharing their ideas and voices on the global stage of the Internet. What safety precautions can we take to make sure this is safe for everyone?


Answers: Everyone should be concerned about safety and online safety for students. Here are some suggestions:

  1. NO PERSONAL PHOTOS: Use photos in your great book story which DO NOT include photos of yourself or students. Use other pictures you take or find related to your ideas and message, but not including student pictures. This will protect student privacy.
  2. DON'T SHARE PERSONAL INFO: Do NOT share your name or other personal information in your great book story. Personal information that is not related to your PURPOSE (sharing why you love the book and why others should read it) is irrelevant anyway. This will protect student privacy.
  3. PERMISSION FORMS: Have parents and studnets sign permission forms granting permission for their student's work / their work to be shared online, on the Internet. Keep everyone informed about the project and explain how you are taking steps (above) to protect student privacy.
  4. MODERATE FEEDBACK: VoiceThread is a great tool for sharing great book stories because it permits MODERATED feedback. That means others (if you choose to share your digital story publicly) can provide feedback as text or audio recordings, but as the teacher you can MODERATE this feedback and individually approve comments! This will protect student privacy but also prevent objectionable, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate feedback from being posted to your great digital story!



Question 6: What about copyright issues? Where can students find images they can legally reuse in their great digital stories?



Answers: Participation in this project provides a great opportunity for students and teachers to discuss and learn about copyright issues. Here are some suggestions:

  1. ORIGINAL IMAGES: The best way to address copyright issues for images is to have students use images in their great book story they have taken themselves using a digital camera. If they take the pictures they generally have the right to share them online as long as they have not photographed copyrighted materials. It is always a good idea to get permission from people you photograph to share their image on the web.
  2. CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES: Another great way to address copyright issues for images is to have students use images which are licensed with Creative Commons. The Flickr Creative Commons image search is a great place to find licensed images to use. Creative Commons also has a search page students can use.


For more discussion related to this issue, and specifically the use of book cover photographs in digital stories, see the blog post (with comments) "Book cover copyright issues with VoiceThread stories."




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