Someone sent me http://www.virtualnerd.com/ today - Math/Sci vids - They will provide some vids for free but there will be a paid version. It looks like they only have algebra up at the moment.
Has anyone used this site yet? Wix http://www.wix.com/ It allows you to create a free website with flash by dragging and dropping and having to learn no programming. I know many high schools have graphic design classes, so this may be something that could be used at that level. Students are definitly into designing and gaming these days, so this may spark their interest. Many school websites are often created and maintained by students also.
Wow - miss a day of viewing the updates on this site and I see something that made me wonder if the spam filter was not working . I was almost too nervous to click Jill's link for Stripgenerator! I'm sure glad the link went to the "create" page. I can easily see how this tool can encourage students as I've got a lot of Middle School students who enjoy the idea of Comic Strips. I, however, think the creators should have chosen a different name. I think those who've got students creating comic strips should post them for us to vote on! Bring on student comics and let's see what they've done.
Now, Glen. You know I have to add some excitement with my post...lol. I have to agree that the title is a little interesting, but imagine how your middle school students will react when you mention that in class.
There are tons of comic sites out there, but unfortunately I feel some teachers are scared to bring them into the classroom. Imagine the creativity it will spark when you step back and give students the "freedom" to create.
Naomi, another tool I have been using for the past year is VoiceThread http://voicethread.com/#home. When presenting a Digital Storytelling training, I may be using iMovie, Movie Maker, Photo Story as the platform, but I always show the teachers Voicethread. At least for now, most of the districts I work with haven't blocked it. It is a great way to let the students showcase their work.
Naomi, I really like Wordle, but just be advised that you might want to start at "create" http://www.wordle.net/create. There are times, though few, that bad words pop up on the home page.
Thanks Neil- I agree with you- I too really like Voice Thread as a digital storytelling tool. I am always looking for more tools to complete the job professionally and effectively. I also like to look to existing stories and see and view how stories are generated from different perspectives from around the world to engage the audience member. I recently came across the Tech-Head website, where it showcases actually stories and tools at http://tech-head.com/dstory.htm
I have been also dabbling in the aviary tools as alternatives to assist educators with robust free and creative tools to design unique tools http://aviary.com/tools
I had some recent requests for mobile journal with eventually creating a digital and hear is the Mashable site for 5 mobile tools: http://mashable.com/2010/02/01/mobile-journalist-tools/
And lastly my favorite website to find the latest and greatest support resources for digital storytelling I seek our Shambles: http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/dstorytell/
I hope these resources you can add to your digital tool box and and thanks for sharing your insight with Voice Thread!
I'm glad you mentioned Aviary. Recently Aviary announced that all of their tools are FREE for use. I was excited because that means additional tools my students may use. Does anyone else use Aviary with students.
I may have posted these in another area but here are some alternative tools to Wordle if you are interested in creating unique word and photo clouds.
Naomi provides us an excellent list of possible sources. If you've not played with these, may I offer my perspective:
This is really a great place for learning and sharing about new technology and how others incorporate the use of technology.
In response to your question about resources, I have sumbitted a page of Interactive Tools that you and others might find useful.
Thanks again for sharing,