With computers, mobile devices, projectors andInteractive White Boards (IWBs) becomingmore common in classrooms, teachersincreasingly have greater opportunities to bringmultimedia resources into the classroom.Whether creating a presentation to guidestudent learning, or showcasing a video toillustrate a new concept, presentations andmultimedia add a new dimension to theclassroom.
In this section, we walk you through differentmultimedia tools that could be integrated intothe classroom.
Comics CreationComic books not only engage, they helpdevelop analytical and critical-thinking skills.They prompt students to decipher meaning,purpose, and tone. They also provide creativepossibilities for differentiated learning andexpression. Moreover, successful cartoonistsneed a wide range of skills: researching,drawing, writing, computing, storyboarding,and designing. Cartoonists need to make theirstories engaging and persuasive.
Kerpoofhttp://www.kerpoof.com/Create fully animated comics online withKerpoof. Choose from a library of scenes andcharacters, add animation, movement, as wellas music and speech bubbles to bring a storyidea to life. Extremely intuitive menu bar andhelpful video tutorials make this tool quiteuseful.
ReadWriteThink ComicCreatorhttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/index.htmlThis is an extremely easy-to-use comic striptool. That said, the features are at a minimum:import people, text and props. Projects can beprinted when complete. Simple tool, but withlimited functionality.
Toondoohttp://www.toondoo.com/Toondoo is another tool to create comicsquickly. You can opt for a free individualaccount, though the Premium educator account-- based on number of participants and lengthof use -- reasonably priced. An Educationaccount allows for greater privacy and security,so consider it. Completed projects can beshared and embedded.
Choggerhttp://chogger.com/comicsWith Chogger you can create comics online bycreating original art or uploading pictures toyour comic strip. Add speech or thoughtbubbles quickly and publish your finishedproduct.
Why Digital Storytelling?Digital stories allow students to take a linearseries of events and turn them into amultidimensional experience. It encouragesthem to communicate, collaborate, andresearch as well as to infuse media into theprocess.
StoryBirdhttp://storybird.com/Another free, web-based application, StoryBirdallows students to read, write, and collaborateon digital picture books. Thousands ofillustrations have been contributed to thisonline community, and all authors can integratethem into their written pieces. Completedstories can printed as books and shared via theInternet.
VoiceThreadhttp://voicethread.com/Is a great Web-based digital storytellingprogram that enables users to upload picturesor documents, record accompanying audio (orvideo) commentary, and invite others to recordcommentary as well. Its simple combination ofvisual and recorded media is perfect forcreating multimedia presentations in arelatively short time frame using simple tools.
Animotohttp://animoto.com/This intuituve and powerful web-basedapplication provides basic but impressivemultimedia features. Animoto offers music andprofessional-looking special effects to add toyour photos and text. Students can sign up for afree account and access Animoto from any Macor PC with an Internet connection.
Preziwww.prezi.comIt’s an impressive web-based presentation toolthat uses a single canvas instead of traditionalslides and users zoom in-out and pan across toreveal elements of the canvas. Text, images,videos and other presentation objects areplaced on the canvas and grouped together inframes. A path for the presentation can bedefined.
Book Builderhttp://bookbuilder.cast.org/Book Builder’s advertisement states thatteachers cans “use this site to create, share,publish, and read digital books that engage andsupport diverse learners according to theirindividual needs, interests, and skills.” Studentschoose a layout, add text, images, and audio,and publish their work.
Bookemonhttp://www.bookemon.com/Making an eBook on Bookemon isstraightforward and fairly easy. As with otherplatforms, authors may Bookemons upload anexisting document (.pdf. .ppt, or .doc), startfrom scratch with a blank page, or use one ofBookemon’s many templates.
Vokihttp://www.voki.com/is a free service that allows you to createpersonalized speaking avatars and use them onyour blog, profile, and in email messages.Creating a Voki is a simple step-by-step process.Choose or customize an avatar, record yourvoice, and play the animation. Share it via a linkor embed it on a web page.