Submit your Miro Digital assets

I know that a lot of you were able to take some great photos from our recent trip to the Miro museum.  If you could, please try and get those photos to me sometime over the weekend.  Here are two ways you can submit them:

  1. If you are in the Bellver computer lab: Put your photos on a USB drive, plug into a lab machine and drag / drop the photos to the H: drive (click on My Computer and then on the H: drive).  There is a folder called “Trends 2012 Pictures”
  2. If you want to e-mail your photos:  Send them to our new e-mail account, ‘trendstcnj@gmail.com” – remember that you will probably have to send just a few at a time since most e-mail programs won’t accept messages with very large attachments.

Digital Storytelling Tools

Storybird

http://storybird.com/

Storybird lets you create web-based and printed books using a gallery of high-quality artwork. Books can be embedded on a website, downloaded as PDF files or ordered as hard-cover books from the company. Creating web-based books is free, and teachers can use a built-in classroom management tool to create anonymous usernames and passwords on behalf of their students.

Note that only teacher accounts can embed books, so you’ll want to sign up for one before you get started.  You can do that by filling out this quick and easy registration form.

Tikatok

http://www.tikatok.com/

Tikatok is a web-based storytelling tool that lets you create books using your own uploaded images. Books can be linked from your website and can be ordered as hard-cover books from the company.

Sample Tikatok book: Hansel, Gretel and Bob

Pic Lits

http://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx

Pic Lits is a simple image captioning program that is useful for creating simple one image stories with your students.  You can use a pre-set list of words to drag and drop captions onto a series of pre-selected photos.  Great for practicing ESL and ELL.

Kerpoof

http://www.kerpoof.com/

Kerpoof is a web-based storytelling tool that lets you create “comic book” style stories. You can view your stories online, print them out and author your stories with a fairly large library of free characters and backgrounds. Kerpoof also allows you to create short animated movies and greeting cards. Teachers can requests access to a classroom management tool to create accounts on behalf of their students.

Sample Kerpoof movie: Panda vs. Bunny

Zooburst

http://www.zooburst.com/

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone create their own 3D pop-up books. Books can be viewed online, embedded on your website or experienced in Augmented Reality. The site offers a basic user account that lets you create up to 10 3D pop-up books that can be viewed online and embedded onto your own website or blog. In addition, ZooBurst offers a paid premium account that allows you to set up accounts on behalf of your students, record audio into your books as well as access member only content, such as holiday-themed templates.

Prezi

http://www.prezi.com

Prezi is a “zooming” presentation tool that lets you organize text, images and video in a fun, flowing way. Prezis can be viewed online and embedded onto your website or blog.

Example Prezi: Alice in Wonderland

Xtranormal

http://www.xtranormal.com

Create your own 3D animated movies by writing your own script and “directing” a series of virtual characters.

Example movie: Danka’s Debrief

Zimmer Twins

Zimmer Twins is a fun video creation website that lets you create simple movies using pre-rendered cartoon footage.  Students can construct timelines that use a wide range of scenes that can be customized with their own text.  Stories can be published online and linked from your website or blog.

Example:  Prime Numbers

YouTube Search Stories

https://searchstories-intl.appspot.com/en-us/creator/

Create your own “search story” using Google searches set to music.

Example: Graduation

iStopMotion

iStopMotion is a desktop based tool that lets you take a series of “snapshots” to construct a stop motion animation. The package is not free, but a single license starts at $12.99 on the Mac App Store. Stop Motion animation is time consuming, but the end result can be pretty spectacular. Here are a few examples:

The Arctic Race

The Arctic Race from Elif Atali on Vimeo.

Animoto

http://animoto.com/

An extremely simple slideshow tool that lets you make professional looking videos out of your own digital photographs.  Their free version lets you make 30 second videos, but you can upgrade to their premium package to construct longer projects.