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Digital Storytelling_Multimedia Resources

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Digital Storytelling/Presentations


Digital Storytelling PBWorks wiki resources




Upload PowerPoints to it - must create free account. Upload powerpoint files and have animations and other effects too! Also appears to bring in audio from original powerpoints. Very easy to use.


The example that I am providing was created under a teacher account, and only to be viewed by her parents – not posted online. When posting online, be careful to protect student privacy. Use free music sources.  

Grade 2 – I am Thankful For: http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/450012/Zoey---I-Am-Thankful?pk=8c55-6897-0cc3-5ef4-aba3-c7a2-532f-3c04

Grade 6 – Used to showcase student created Tessellations – no music added: http://www.slideboom.com/presentations/146106/TESSELLATION-GRADE-6-PRESENTATION

Tutorial with no Audio on how to use Wordle:




Upload PowerPoints, Word documents and PDF's - share them publically or privately - must create free account. It's YouTube for PowerPoint. Upload Powerpoint/Keynote/PDF content and converts to Flash easily embedded in other web sites. Provide a URL for an audio track, and you can sync it to create an audio narrated "slidecast"


Informative for Applying the Multimedia Contiguity Principle – no audio added



Vcasmo one of my favorites 

VCASMO is a multimedia presentation solution for personal photo-video slide show, business presentation, training, academic teaching, sales pitching, seminar, conference, press release meeting, live event. - must create free account - one side shows your ppt., and the other records you talking about it. You can sink video with Ppt and has dual sides to presentation. Synchronize a series of image slides to a video soundtrack. Import video from YouTube or upload. Includes tools to enable other language captioning and Creative Commons licenses.


How to use iBook Author: http://www.vcasmo.com/video/rocheceline/18175



Fun with pictures - add text - choose format - publish for public - must sign up for account - must be over 13



Photostory 3 for Windows Software

Insert photos, add writing, record yourself narrating, add music



Adobe Premier Elements Software – not free – one that I use a lot

Insert photos, add writing, record yourself narrating, add music, add videos and burn in a stand-alone DVD player.



Windows Movie Maker Software

Insert photos, add writing, record yourself narrating, add music



iMovie - for Macs – my most favorite




Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas. A presentaton tool that provides dramatic levels of pan, rotation, and zoom. Sequencing allows for a unique way to connect pieces of a story.


NETS for Kids Presentation example: http://prezi.com/ekfgpr0dhu80/nets-for-kids/?auth_key=edf56217b73e9526a4acf176a755d75b02baede4

From Dianne’s Digital Discoveries


VoiceThread – not free

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. 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 - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. It can also be embedded and exported to an MP3 player or to a DVD. This is a paid educator account.


Grade 4 Example: http://voicethread.com/about/library/4th_Grade__Where_Im_From_Poems_from_Tara_McCartney/


This website has lots of good ideas for digital stories: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/



Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. Very easy to create elegant picture shows.


Grade 2 – A Movie About Health



Grade 6 Example

You’ve Got a Friend in Me



http://photopeach.com/ A slide show maker tool. Import photos (or upload), arrange, select music from library (or find from YouTube videos). Creates Ken Burns like pan and zoom effects. Add captions.

Go into the Explore section to view some.



http://www.vuvox.com/ Vuvox provides a gorgeous interface for creating highly visual presentations along a scrolling horizontal strip, with imported pictures, audio, and video plus tools for creating hotspot links to web sites or to open other slideshows.


http://www.mainada.net/comics/ A tool for people who can draw.  Create all content with pen and color tools.


http://www.toondo.com Create your own 1, 2, or 3 panel cartoons using a library of cartoons, text bubbles. Images can be uploaded and manipulated with simple tools. Created "doos" can be combined into "ToonBooks", embedded in blogs, etc. (versatility). With ToonDooSpaces organizations can create private spaces (fee-based) to manage Toondoos which may be more suitable to classrooms.

Example by CogDog:  http://www.toondoo.com/View.toon?param=38056


http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/ Pick flickr photos by tag or user name and put on a timeline, overlay bubbles with text.


(several of these tools have photos uploaded from Flickr – perhaps secondary students have access to a Flickr account)


http://www.pixton.com/ Create simple or complex comics using characters, scenes, objects. All objects are highly editable, and characters can be moved into almost any pose. A future feature will allow animations to be created. See features and special class pricing at Pixton for Schools. If your school has no money J, the teacher can sign up for a free trial.



http://www.zooburst.com/ Create a 3D Augmented Reality book. Draw upon a large library of art or upload your own images, add captions and thought bubbles. When you view it in screen mode, and hold up a printed sheet with the Augmented Reality Marker to your web cam, the book comes alive. There is a free version of this, but limited.

Google My Maps

http://maps.google.com/ Associate steps of your stories with locations on a map. Editing each one allows annotation of locations with mages (links from flickr), and other nice text features. Embed the maps in any web page. I hope someone chooses this.

Example: America's Highway: Orak Histories of Route 66


http://www.xtranormal.com/ This tool provides you with tools that a movie director would have to select a set, actor sound effects, etc., and create a movie made from only the dialogue text you type into the tool. Generates a movie you embed. However, you are left to work with media xtranormal provides (there is no import)

The First Derivative of a Function Example: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6171219/the-first-derivative-of-a-function


http://www.empressr.com/ Full featured tool with uploads for images, audio, slide controls for transitions, timing. Has built in tools to record audio or video to add to slides. Many ways to share final presentation.


http://www.spresent.com/ Offers a PowerPoint like editor all in a web site. Import images, upload a PPT, movies from YouTube, audio via URL, use templates, etc. Audio can be synced to slides.


http://myplick.com/ Upload a presentation file (PPT or PDF) and an audio file, use the sync tools, and create an audio narrated slideshow/presentation. A great interface for syncing audio to slides.

Google Presenter

http://docs.google.com The Google Tool provides import of PPT files, and a fresh editing interface. Presentations can be live shared with invited others or published.


http://sliderocket.com/ Dominant slide show creator; imports PowerPoint, uses themes, can add builds, transitions, timer slide advances, include video, attach audio for entire presentation or per slide, flash in slides, publish as public or with password access.


http://ahead.com Very similar to prezi, offers images, video, and audio media types, linking between scenes, and has very refined control


http://www.goanimate.com/ create cartoon-based stories

MapSkiphttp://www.mapskip.com/ Tell stories based on place.


http://slidesix.com/ An online slideshow maker



Other useful or just fun resources:


Mrs. Smoke's Blog on Digital Storytelling



JibJab - create videos by inserting a picture



JDorman on Digital Storytelling


Lots of terrific sites



Digitales: The Art of telling stories



Digital Tools for Teachers



Standards: Proof your digital storytelling



Qwiki Creator  allows you to create interactive videos. You can mix and match media and images, upload videos from YouTube and Vimeo, and soon there will be an app for iPads coming out as well. - quiki.com - http://www.qwiki.com/create/new Sign up for a free account – listen to the tutorial – have pictures ready and tell your story – publish when done. You can narrate your pictures using your built in webcam, use text to speech and others. It is pretty cool and easy to use. When you publish, it posts to your channel – and then it can be shared via email, twitter, facebook, etc. or by clicking link, a url is provided.


Digital Storytelling – Linkable - http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=131730


Quick and Easy Handouts



31 Digital Storytelling Links Here



PhotoStory Tutorials



17 Digital Storytelling and Literacy Resources







Digital Cameras and Camcorders in the Classroom - from Kathy Schrock



Things You Can Do to Produce Better Video

There are way more than just five things that anyone could do to produce better video.  I figured that it'd be easier to take a bite of an apple instead of trying to eat the apple tree whole though.  Or, if your more of a carnivorous persuasion, maybe it's like eating a hamburger and not trying to swallow the cow whole. I think you get the joke.  GO ANALOGIES!

1. Plan
Ok, so you are ready to shoot a video.  What's your video about?  Where are you going to shoot it?  How long do you want it to be?  There are a lot of questions like this that you should already have answered and preferably down on paper somewhere.  I like to approach each video I do like a film production.  That doesn't mean that I write out scripts and storyboards for every scene, but in my mind I think of the video in terms of pre-production, production, and post-production.  Simply put, what to do before I shoot the video, what to do while I'm shooting the video, and what to do after.  This helps me break up the work into more manageable chunks, and also makes me better prepared for the day of the shoot.  Also keep in mind that shooting video always takes longer than you'd think.  As a rule I give myself at least twice the amount of time that I expect a shoot should take up.

2. Read
If there is one thing that I've learned, it's that video people like to talk about video (hence me writing this blog).  There are lots of blogs and other types of informational websites out there written by video folks professional and amateur alike.  The professional blogs are typically very informative and definitely worth seeking out, but I've found that the blogs written by amateur or hobbyist video folks to be the most helpful.  Amateurs don't have the budgets and gear that professionals do and have to find cheaper and more creative ways to do things.  A lot of the DIY (do it yourself) stuff you can find on the Web comes from these folks.

Here are a few blogs, forums, and website to get you started:


3. Watch
This should be a no brainer.  The best way to get better at doing video is watching what everyone else does.  Websites like ExposureRoom and Vimeo are an absolute must for anyone wanting to produce good video.  These two websites are video sharing sites like Youtube, but are specifically for video professionals and amateurs to show off their stuff, get critiqued, collaborate with each other, etc.


4. Ask
I'm going to make an assumption that most of the people who work with video in any regular capacity like to talk about it and share their knowledge.  Now, we all know what happens when we assume things, but I'm getting this from my personal experience and all the websites, blogs and forums dedicated to video out there.  Luckily I had a couple friends who knew something about video to get me started, but I also tracked down a few other people who were willing to mentor me.  I even got to go hang out on a couple of professional video shoots.  That was worth more than a weeks worth of blog reading.

It may be more difficult for you than it was for me to find professional video people to show you the ropes.  But you do have me, and I am more than willing to share my knowledge.  Email me with any questions you have at jake@videonoobs.com.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

5. Practice
Again this one is kind of a no brainer.  The secret to good video is finding the story to tell, and telling it in a good way.  The story could be as simple as a dog walking down the street or a documentary about The Rolling Stones.  There are lots of stories to tell, and lots of different ways to tell them.  Go out and experiment.



10 ways to create videos without installing software



31 Digital Storytelling Links Here






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