I’ve recently begun experimenting with two easy-to-use web-based tools that can be used for digital storytelling. Both of these will help your students produce quality videos with little effort. This would be great for those times you can’t really fit a lengthy project into your curriculum.
The first is Animoto. Animoto allows you to upload photos, add music (either your own or music they provide), and with another click, Animoto automatically creates the video. It’s simple to use and the results are great! Experimenting with PowerPoint slides that have been saved as jpegs gave me the ability to add text. I haven’t tried uploading narrated audio, but that might be one way to add narration. Let me know if you try it and what the results are!
The second is Voicethread. Voicethread is a Web 2.0 tool that allows you and other individuals you’ve invited to create a meaningful story. It is a collaborative effort where everyone puts a photo (or photos) in the thread and record their narration to be attached with it. Think of it as sort of a group podcast with video. This would be a nice way for students to show what they’ve learned or to reflect on a field trip. There are so many possibilities!
Try these two tools out and let me know what you think. If you’ve already used one or both of them in your classroom, tell me how you integrated it into your curriculum and what the results were.