Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Digital Storytelling

Lately, we have been asked by several teachers, at several different schools, to share all of our favorite digital storytelling tools.  We of course, comply and try to assist teachers and students alike to be able to tell their story digitally.  There are so many tools out there that it’s sort of hard to keep up, but here, we’ll share a few of our favorites:

A free tool that can be used right from the Internet without having to sign up for anything.  It allows you to create a video of anything that appears inside of the framed section on the screen of your laptop.  It has a neat pointer feature that puts a yellow circle around a moving mouse pointer, to allow the viewer to easily follow your “how-to” instructions.  When you click on a place or icon, it will turn blue in an outward radiating flow of blue.  Be careful not to move your move around too much during the recording, otherwise it could be distracting.

2.  Movie Maker                                                                                                  
Comes on most Window’s based laptops.  Easy to use and easy to edit as you insert both video clips and still images.  You can add title pages, insert text graphics, insert transitions and music where you want, and even fade it in and out.

It is all about creative storytelling. ZimmerTwins is a web2.0 tool that allows students to give vent to their imaginative powers and exercise their storytelling skills from early stages to advances ones.  This site is very intuitive.  Although a “basic” kind of animated cartoon, it has some good merit.

4.  Publisher                                                                                                    
This tool also comes on most Window’s based laptops.  It gives you templates for creating infographics or allows you to create from a blank canvas.  Easy to post pictures, articles, or pictures.  Sets itself up as a great tool for a newsletter or tri-fold bulletin.

This is where you and your students can create rich multimedia stories with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents. It is really awesome.

6.  Paper Slide Videos                                                                                           
An easy to create and easy to share project that is basic in its elements, but powerful as a teaching and learning tool.  Plenty of videos on You Tube on how to make a Paper Slide Video, but click HERE for one of our favorites.

7.  FlipSnack
FlipSnack allows you to save documents as a PDF, and upload them into their site, creating a digital book.  You can create a Title Page and make the pages front/back…you can share the book or use it as a study guide book.

Click the links below for some other great tools:

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