Tools for Digital Storytelling, Presentations, and Collaboration
Web Tool Resources
Please explore these sites and blogs to learn from other well-known educators.
Schrock's Guide to Everything - The name explains it all.
50+ 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story - Vast wealth of tools
Edjudo Web 2.0 Teaching Tools - Thematic lists of Web (2.0) tools
Integrating ICT (Information and Communications Technology) into to MFL (Modern Foreign Language) Classroom - Joe Dale
eTools for Language Teachers - Sylvia Duckworth
Web 2.0 Guru - An excellent guide to Web Tools
CoolToolsForSchools - Well-organized list of Web tools
PicLits - Inspire stories through pictures.
BigHugeLabs - Use digital photos and text to create posters, trading cards, magazine covers, and unique projects. Student examples!
Penzu - Personal journal and online diary that can be shared.
Bubbl.us - Printable brainstorming platform
ACMI Storyboard Generator - Creative site that allows users to build a storyboard from a script.
Storyboard That - Free/Paid options for educators. Drag-and-drop clipart, text, scenes to create engaging storyboard.
Google Docs - Storyboard templates for teachers and students
Digital Storytelling and Presentation Tools
Wall / oral presentation tools
Thinglink - Teacher example - Blog post - App and Web-based tool to annotate images with videos, links, text, and other images. Amazing!
Padlet - Student example - Add pictures, videos, links, and audio to a collaborative (or personal) digital bulletin board.
Glogster Edu - Student examples - Free and paid options available. Design an interactive poster with pictures, video, text, and appealing art.
Haiku Deck - Catherine's example - Free! Presentations that focus on images and little text.
Prezi - Student example : Use a template or a blank canvas, links, pictures, videos, and text to build an interactive presentation.
Google Maps - Catherine's example of Google Maps for WL teachers and learners.
Video / slideshow tools
Animoto for Education - Student example : Free accounts for educators! Use digital photos, videos, music and text to create engaging presentations.
MoveNote for Education - Student Google Chrome App is $5.00. for For Google Apps for Education or any Google productive projects: Record audio and video over presentations and share them by email or Google drive. Great idea for flipping the classroom or allowing students to narrate their ideas while watching a presentation.
SeeSaw - Overview - Although meant as a digital portfolio system, SeeSaw allows users to narrate and draw on pictures or videos. The recorded work is sent to their personal file and to the teacher for viewing. This outstanding tool can be used on a variety of mobile devices and computers.
WeVideo - Short example - Personal free and paid educational accounts available. I am using the personal free at this time. This is powerful, but easy to use video editing platform that allows collaboration in the cloud from mobile devices and computers.
Magisto - Free and paid options available. Videos with music, video, and photos.
Wideo - Catherine's example: Free and paid options to remove branding/downloading. Choose objects, add text and music to create an animated presentation.
Meograph - Rick Steves' example - Free and paid options available. Create presentations using photos, links, videos, narration, and captions.
PhotoPeach - Teacher example : Free and paid options available to make engaging slideshows with captions, music, and transitions.
Stupefix - Free and paid options available. Video slideshows with music and photos.
Empressr - Free! Add text, images, and multimedia (audio and video) to projects.
SlideShare - Teacher example : Upload PowerPoints, PDFs, and other documents to share and embed.
Comic Strip, Animation, Infographics, and Pictures Tools
Catherine's Delicious bookmarks for resources of Photo and Videos editors.
Toonlet - Create online comics with unique characters and text.
ToonDoo - Visit teacher example. Creative characters and comics.
Make Beliefs Comics - A comic creator with WL students and teachers is mind.
Strip Generator - Free comic strip builder.
Comic Master - Free comic strip builder.
Pixton Comics for Schools - Create multi-panel comics with text.
Build Your Wild Self - Teacher example : Create a new species of animal using various animal parts. Students could follow up with a writing piece about their animal.
Infographic tutorial by Linda W. Braun.
Easel.ly - Nicole Naditz's example - Free! Create and share visual ideas through infographics.
Infogr.am - Free - Create infographics and charts from 30 different templates. (even video!)
Piktochart - Free and educational pricing options available : Create infographics, reports, banners, and presentations.
The site will be changing account plans and pricing as of July 31st
2013. I will update after this date.
Interactive Book Creator Tools
Storybird - Teacher example : Stunning art leads to thoughtful stories!
My ebook - Teacher example : Add pictures, text and online media to create an interative presentation.
StoryJumper - Use your own art or the provided images to illustrate your story.
Mixbook - Create and publish scrapbooks.
Zooburst - 3D pop-up books made with imported and supplied media.
Word Cloud Tools
Tagul - A customizable tool for transforming words into word clouds.- Wordle transforms text into a visual artwork piece. It can be a unique view of the students' work. Students may use any work that they have produced and transform it into art.
Word Clouds ABCya! -Much like Wordle, this basic program allows you to "play" with a text. Users are able to change the font, the color, and the size of the word cloud.
Update: At this time I do not recommend embedding your creation in a site or blog. The developer used "Silverlight," which is not a compatible program with most browsers. Save your creation as a .JPG file and add it as a normal picture file.