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This resource guide was originally put together as an instructional tool for an educators' PD institute focused on place-based digital compositions. The exemplars and resources all serve to facilitate thinking about and composing pieces that convey SOP.
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Digital Tools for Creating SOP Stories

  • Geogreeting
    How geeks show they care.
  • Tagxedo
    Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
  • Thinglink
    Thinglink is a provider of image interaction tools. Use the site's free tagging tool to give photos new life with sound, voice, video, social, and other fun links.
  • eduGlogster
    Create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.
  • edVoicethread
    A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways.
  • Animoto
    Animoto is a video creation service (online and mobile) that makes it easy and fun for anyone to create and share extraordinary videos using their own pictures, video clips, words and music.
  • Vuvox
    "[ view-vox ]
    VUVOX is an easy to use production and instant sharing service that allows you to mix, create and blend your personal media – video, photos and music into rich personal expressions. VUVOX reflects your life."
  • Storybird
    Storybird reverses the process of visual storytelling by starting with the image and "unlocking" the story inside. Choose an artist or a theme, get inspired, and start writing.
  • Zooburst
    ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books.

  • Wallwisher
    Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.
  • Stroome
    "Stroome is the world’s most comprehensive collaborative online video editing community. A place where anyone with a camera and a point of view can polish, publish and promote their content to a potential audience of millions."

  • Yodio
    Yodio offers an integrated, one-stop digital publishing service where anyone can go to self-record, produce, and share audio recordings (podcasts) and personal broadcasts (audio synchronized with digital photos).
  • Flixtime
    FlixTime turns your photos and videos into stunning and unique videos in just minutes!

Skywallker Ranch by Philip Bloom

A video filmed and produced by Philip Bloom about Skywalker Ranch owned by George Lucas.


Silver Lake 1280 - A Real Estate Video

A video created to showcase a property in Silver Lake, Australia.


Rural Photostream from Flickr

Thiis photostream by Todd Klassy is a great example of capturing the essence of place. View it in slideshow mode to get the full effect.

How to Create a Photo Story

This video tutorial created by photographer Matt Brandon for the Visual Peacemakers site gives examples and advice on creating a compelling photo essay.

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SOP from the Web

  • Gallery Nineteen - A Sense of Place: A Town of Ghosts Frozen in Time
    This is a gallery of photos presented in blog style by travel photographer Phil Douglis depicting the Sense of Place reflected by the ghost town of Bodie, California--one of the last great mining towns of the West.
  • Digital Grin Photography Forum
    This particular discussion thread of the forum focuses on how to provide a visual narrative that conveys a sense of place, theme or event. Go to "View Full Version"
  • Sacred Sites: Places of Peace and Power
    This website's photographic gallery contains over 100 cultural landscape images from photographer Martin Gray considered to be "sacred sites" around the world.
  • iGuidez: Video tours of
    Online travel video guides of buildings and landmarks of art, castles, churches, monuments, museums, public buildings, statues and ruins that contain researched location based information on maps. Included are photos and links for further reference.
  • Place Studies - LiteraryPlaces and Maps
    Place Studies is an online magazine, discussion forum, and research source for the study of place. It's about how we experience places, how they influence us, and how literary and artistic works shape our perception of places. It also features many sketches or "studies" of particular places around the world, with special attention to New York and NYU's study abroad sites.

  • National Geographic - American Places
    "A series of short, compelling, award-winning presentations exploring our relationship with American history and the places that have shaped our national soul."
  • Place Names Project
    This is a resource site put together by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Center for Learning and Teaching in the West.

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