Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Playing with Tools for Digital Storytelling

I'm experimenting with different tools for digital storytelling.

Here's my practice clip from Animoto  Claire and Gypsy
I like the fact that you can combine photos, text, and music.

Here's the same type of creation using  Slideroll.

Create a Free Slideshow
I  like that you can add text (although I didn't) and music. It has an embed code, but I don't know if it has a link.

Stupeflix also lets you create slideshows with music and text and these can be embedded as this one below.

Voki lets you create an speaking avatar.  You can use your own voice or text to speech.  Here's my example.

Here is a link to a comic that I created using StripGenerator.  This tool allows emailing, comments and embedding.  However, I am unable to figure out how to make the strip small enough to fit well into a blog post.

I created  a comic scene I created with Lego City but when I saved it, it become a PDF file.

Myths and Legends seems like a great site with a storyboard and audio, but I don't know if you can link from it.

I tried Pikikids, but couldn't get the results to embed or link.

I had more luck with Dvolver which allows you to create scenes and write dialog.   You can both embed your creation or send it by email.   Here's a one scene  example.

 Here's a simple animation made with GoAnimate.  I couldn't figure out how to have each figure in the strip say something, but I'm sure it's just a matter of playing around with it a little more.  GoAnimate also has an education account.  I applied for one but it takes a few days to get a responses. The Advantage of Being bBlingual by maryanneburgos

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I am currently reading Toys to Tools : Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education by Liz Kolb and am changing my opinion of using cells for mobile learning.   I had previously dismissed the idea of cell phones for that purpose because of the small screens, but Kolb offers some innovative ideas that are making me rethink how to use these devices.