From 2009 TCEA Presentation: Is This How Spielberg Started
Presenters: Mary Pavish - mpavish@ccisd.net, Bridget Robinson - bschimar@ccisd.net, Cathy Hudson - chudson@ccisd.net

Help for Teachers

Below are documents that include various lesson plans and other instructional materials to help you create this project for your students.


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  • Storyboard That is a web-based program that lets students create storyboards and graphic organizers. It has tons of resources for students and teachers. They can make their own storyboards and graphic organizers using thousands of characters, word bubbles, icons and symbols. There are six types of graphic organizers: Traditional, T-Chart, Spider Map, Timeline, Grid, Frayer Model allowing for use in any subject. It's a great tool for digital storytelling and there are lesson plans to spark ideas in using the program in English Language Arts, History, Foreign Languages, STEM and Special Education.

Directions on Programs

Using Your Flip Video Camera in the Classroom

Student Examples of Various Projects


Film/Video w/ motion
10 % or 3 minutes, whichever is less
10% 1000 words, whichever is less
Music, Lyrics, or Music Video
10 % or 30 seconds, whichever is less, no change in melody or character of work
Complete photo, but can use only up to five from one artist
Collected Work
10%, and up to 15 images from single collected work


Finding royalty free media can be difficult at times but the following websites are good resources. Check each site you get media from to determine the restrictions.
  • Still Images: Picsearch.com searches the web for images and contains more than 2,000,000,000 pictures. Be sure to check the Terms of Use. Pics4learning.com contains copywrite friendly images for education. This site contains lesson plans and a way for you to share your images for educational use. Animationfactory.com although this is a paid subscription, it is a great resource for projects and has both still and animated pictures, video and background.
  • **Free Foto** – Professional photographers sell their photos here. However, the usage agreement on the front page states: “Also non-commercial users may download our web site images to use off-line in school projects” LOTS OF ADS on this one – but really good photos.
  • **Flickr** (Creative Commons) – This is not necessarily a site you’d want students to use – but it’s a great resource for you to gather images needed for project. There is sometimes inappropriate material found here.
  • PDphoto.org(public domain) – Repository for free public domain photos. Check on individual photos to make sure they are not copyrighted. The photos are concentrated in landscapes & scenery.
  • PhotoHome– This is a Texas photographer’s website – his name is Allen Matheson. He has made his photographs free for educators and students.
  • Gif.com– Free offering from the parent company, ClipArt.com. No login is required.
  • Photos8.com– Free public domain high-resolution pictures that are easy to search
  • Library of Congress American Memory Museum – Great primary source
  • National Archives – Great resources with lots and lots of resources!
  • Student Clip Art – hand-drawn from Sam Houston State University -http://www.shsu.edu/~lis_mah/documents/clipartportal.html
  • FreePixels.com – Around 3,500 photos that can be used in your projects
  • WP ClipArt – fast, clean and safe site to find good-quality, printable images that have no copyright restrictions. http://www.wpclipart.com/browse.html
  • Karen’s Whimsy – Images gleaned from a collection of old books, magazines, and postcards. They are all from publications printed prior to 1923 and in the public domain. http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images
  • PublicDomainPictures.net – Repository for free public domain photos. You can upload your own pictures. No login required and you can browse by categories or use search http://www.publicdomainpictures.net
  • Free Digital Photos – All photos are free – but high resolution photos charge a fee, be careful – may be some slightly inappropriate photos here http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
  • Photo Express – High quality, royalty-free image bank http://www.photoxpress.com
  • Clipart Etc – Choice of image size and format – proper citations for school projects. http://etc.usf.edu/clipart
  • Stock Vault – Stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their images.http://www.stockvault.net
  • Artvex – You can use up to 15 images from all categories.http://www.artvex.com
  • Morgue File – Free photo reference archive repository of free raw photo materials http://www.morguefile.com/archive


Video Converters/Software

  • http://www.online-convert.com/ - this is the quickest and easiest audio, video, image, document, ebook, and archive converter I've found.
  • NCHsoftware.com free download-able program which converts media files from internet.
  • Vixy.com
  • http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/ Media-convert.com
  • Dvdvideosoft.com
  • Zamzar - free site that converts and doesn't take very long to convert. There is a limit on file size
  • Movavi
  • SUPER © and Erightsoft.com has a simplified Universal Player Encoder and render-er. If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need.
    It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with one simple click. .
  • OneTrueMedia - site where you can edit videos online for free...no need for a download or for additional software.
  • KICK You Tube - If you find a video you like on youtube and start playing it you can go up to the url and type the words kick into the url right before the word youtube. This will take you to another site that will give you different way to convert the file and download it to your desktop.
  • Screenr: free screencasting tool; great for tutorials and simple software demos.
  • Preview Flash content on your computer: SWF Player and FLV Player
  • LectureScribe: free tool that lets you create whiteboard style lectures and save as Flash. Here’s a demo.
  • Windows Live Movie Maker: free and simple-to-use video editor.
  • Format Factory: convert media from one format to another
  • HeyWatch: inexpensive, online video encoder.
  • Safe Share Remove distracting and offensive elements around YouTube video, and crop the video before sharing it with others
  • KickYT Convert Video files You-Tube
  • View Pure Remove distracting and offensive elements around YouTube video, and crop the video before sharing it with others
  • Oxelon Media Converter - Free - Free video converter and audio converter. Supports many formats and codecs. Context menu allows to convert files right from Windows Explorer.
  • http://www.convertfiles.com/

Helpful Websites

Video Publishing Online

Free Teleprompter

  • Use Microsoft Word to Scroll Text on a computer as a teleprompter- Directions for Scroll Text.doc
  • Free Teleprompter application - Simple is the key to Prompt! as it scrolls text, either mirrored or not and has simple word processing functions (like cut, copy, paste and whatever you decide to type from within the program).

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