Many Web 2.0 sites offer services designed with educators in mind. They provide secure, private sites for students and teachers to share their work.
What’s even better is that these sites are free or very inexpensive. Here are four exceptional digital storytelling tools to add to your toolbox. Encourage your teachers and students to use these to incorporate multimedia in the classroom.
Create music videos to enliven your lessons or have students create them as the final product in a unit.
“Animoto Shorts are 30-seconds in length and free for everyone. You can produce, remix, and share as many as you’d like. Full-length videos, in contrast, are extended in length. A video’s length is determined by the number of images and the music it uses.” ~ from Animoto’s Since You Asked section
Educators receive a free All-Access pass (a $30.00 value) which allows both them and their students to create full length videos. Click here to learn more including how to create multiple email addresses that allow you to monitor each student’s account. The Animoto site also has several examples of how educators have used it in their classrooms.
Twilight Book Review (VoiceThread)
Vodpod videos no longer available.
“Ed.VoiceThread is a secure K-12 network for students and teachers to collaborate and share ideas with classrooms anywhere in the world.”~ Ed.VoiceThread homepage
This is the only service discussed in this post that costs – but the cost is low and well worth it! See the K-12 pricing brochure for more information.
A great resource: VoiceThread 4 Education wiki
Glogster, a poster creation site, “gives support and help with creating school accounts and keeping Glogs PRIVATE.” Use the posters to liven up a wiki page or have students create projects.” ~ from Glogster’s Teachers, try education 2.0 page
Technology and Education Box of Tricks Read this blog post to get an excellent overview of Glogster.
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
“Smilebox is an easy and creative way to safely send photos, videos and personalized information to your students and parents in a secure way. It’s perfect for newsletters, overviews of teaching units, performance and field trip recaps, classroom activities and more. ” ~from Smilebox’s Welcome to the Teacher Toolbox page
Educators can sign up for a free premium Club Smilebox account (a $39.99 value).
What other multimedia Web 2.0 tools out there have upgraded educator accounts? Please help me add to the list!