EDUO 9110: Pictello the Story Maker

Instructor: Joe Herz
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Course Description

Creating talking stories will brighten the lives of every student! Pictello is a wonderful, inexpensive and easy app used to create talking photo albums and books on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Students and teachers can create text-driven speaking photo or image-rich stories using text-to-speech technology in a variety of voices. Projects and be shared through iTunes Sharing, via WiFi using a free account on the Pictello sharing server or by exporting stories to PDF. Completed stories can also be printed! Designed by Assistware for special needs students, Pictello is a super-exciting way for all non-readers and developing readers and writers of all ages to enjoy and share their creativity! Learn more at Pictello.

*Pictello requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Course Rationale

“As technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviors of digital age professionals. Moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world..” ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education

Relevant Professional Standards

This course and its materials are aligned with ISTE.Nets Advanced Digital Age Teaching standards and performance indicators:

  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  • Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
  • Model Digital Age Work and Learning
  • Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  • Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Course Assignments and Assessment

  • Completed work will be submitted to the instructor for review. You will receive feedback for each assignment stating successful completion or the need for revision. Project assignments will be evaluated based on a list of required tasks or by rubric.
  • Upon completion of the course a letter grade will be issued. The course is designed to take 15 hours on average to complete.


Joe Herz

B.S., M.A. in Educational Technology

K-8 General Ed; K-12 Technology 30+ years.

Site and District Tech Coordinator; Technology Program Planner; Conference Presenter; Author.

“My current educational goal is to aid in the development of effective and responsible technology use by all students and innovative technology implementation by teachers.”

Joe’s personal interests include: Music (guitar/drums), his classic VW bus and helping with local animal rescues.

  • Price: $140
  • 1 Semester Credit/Unit

Instructor: Joe Herz

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