Showing posts with label Multi Media Presentation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Multi Media Presentation. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Create Multimedia Reference Stories with Qwiki Creator

Last week in North Carolina I gave my popular Best of the Web presentation. In that presentation I included the multimedia reference site Qwiki. In case you haven't seen it before, Qwiki publishes narrated, illustrated, interactive reference entries. To use Qwiki, enter a topic in the search box or select a topic from the featured topics on the homepage. Then watch, listen, and read the Qwiki entry for that topic. Below your chosen Qwiki you will see a selection of related Qwiki entries. You can also find related materials by clicking the "Q" symbol that appears at the end of the Qwiki play bar.

Yesterday, through Steve Dembo I learned that Qwiki is now offering Qwiki Creator. Qwiki Creator (still only available by invitation) will allow users to create their own multimedia reference stories. Using Qwiki Creator you will be able to develop your story using videos, images, maps, and text. To lend your personality to the presentation, you can narrate the story. And like the already existing Qwiki entries, you will be able to make the story interactive. Qwiki Creator is also promising to be optimized for iPads.

A sample Qwiki is embedded below.

View Gaza Strip and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki.

Applications for Education
Qwiki Creator has the potential to be a great way for students to organize and share information that they create on their own or information that they discover through research. I would love to see Qwiki Creator used as an alternative to the traditional book report assignment. Students could narrate a summary of the book and also add visuals that they think illustrate key points or characters in the stories that they read.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Creative Commons Search

When having students create digital productions like videos the safest way to make sure they avoid any copyright issues is to have them to use their own images and sounds. But if that's not possible or ideal for your situation, then using Creative Commons media is the next best option. To find Creative Commons licensed media try CC Search.

You can search for images, videos, and audio clips through CC Search. Your search can be refined by usage rights and by media host. CC Search gives you the option to search eight different media hosts for Creative Commons licensed materials. Those eight are: Flickr,, Google Images, Jamendo, Open Clip Art Library, Fotopedia, SpinXpress, and Wikimedia Commons.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
12 Ways for Students to Publish Slideshows Online
Presentation Storytelling 101
Six Resources for Learning About Fair Use

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ImageBase - Hundreds of Free Stock Images

ImageBase is a personal project of professional photographer David Niblack. ImageBase contains more than one hundred pages of images that Mr. Niblack has released for free reuse and redistribution. In fact, the top of the ImageBase site says "treat like public domain." In addition to the hundreds of images that are available, ImageBase also offers nearly one hundred free PowerPoint templates.

I saw ImageBase posted on Twitter, but I forgot to note who shared it. If it was you, please let me know.

Applications for Education
ImageBase and sites like it are excellent resources to have your students use when they're creating multimedia projects. By sending students to sites that host public domain images or that release the images for free reuse, you remove the worry that students might violate copyright. Of course, you still want to have the conversation with your students about the difference between public domain, Creative Commons, and Copyright images.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
7 Places & Ways to Find Copyright-Friendly Images
Two Good Free Guides to Digital Photography
4 Ways to View the World in Panoramic

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Glogster Video Tutorial

Glogster is a great tool that students can use to create multimedia collages. I've written about Glogster on a number of occasions in the past (examples here, here, and here). One of Glogster's strongest supporters is Traci Blazosky who created an excellent video tutorial that walks teachers through the process of using Glogster. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
Glogster is a great tool for having students create collages of information they've found and or created. Students can combine videos, images, text, and audio into one online display that can stand alone or be embedded into a blog, website, or wiki. This fall some of my Civics students will be creating Glogster "glogs" about the candidates running for political office this fall.

Friday, August 20, 2010

7 Sources of Free Sounds for Multimedia Projects

In my posts 11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year and How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year I mentioned podcasting and video creation. When creating podcasts and videos adding music and other sounds can enhance your students' presentations. Here are seven tools that your students can use find and or create sounds for their multimedia presentations.

The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses. The New York State Music Fund provided initial funding for FMA. FMA seeks to maintain a high-quality resource through the use of selected curators who approve or deny all submissions to the collection. Anyone can download music from FMA for use in podcasts, videos, and other digital presentation formats. The music collections can be searched by genre or by curator.

PodSafe Audio, is a resource that I discovered last summer and had some of my students use last year. PodSafe Audio is good place to locate and download free music for multimedia presentations. PodSafe Audio is a community of musicians who create music and share it for the purpose of fair-use in podcasts.

Sound Bible is a resource for finding and downloading free sound clips, sound effects, and sound bites. All of the sounds on Sound Bible are either public domain or labeled with a Creative Commons license. You can find sounds for use in podcasts, videos, slideshows, or other multimedia creations.

Royalty Free Music hosts music tracks that can be reused in numerous ways. Royalty Free Music charges the general public for their downloads, but students and teachers can download quite a bit of the music for free. To access the free music tracks students and teachers should visit the education page on Royalty Free Music.

Jamendo is a source of free and legal music downloads. The music on Jamendo comes from the artists who upload it themselves. While not all of the music is licensed for re-use, there is a substantial collection of music labeled with a Creative Commons license. As always, before re-using any of the music you download make sure it is labeled for re-use.

From the same people that brought us the great computational search engine Wolfram Alpha comes Wolfram Tones. Wolfram Tones uses algorithms, music theory, and sound samples to generate new collections of sounds. Visitors to Wolfram Tones can experiment with sounds and rhythms to make their own sounds. Wolfram Tones allows visitors to choose samples from fifteen different genres of music on which to build their own sounds. Once a genre is selected visitors can then alter the rhythms, instrumentation, and pitch mapping of their sounds. When satisfied with their creations, users can download their sounds or have them sent directly to their cell phones.

Monkey Machine is a free web-based program that allows students to experiment with drum set sounds and rhythms. Using Monkey Machine students can customize the selection of drums and cymbals in their virtual drum set. Monkey Machine also allows students to customize the tempo in their drum tracks and the frequency with which each drum or cymbal is played. All tracks created using Monkey Machine can be downloaded as MIDI files.

Image credit: Flickr user Dyanna.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Cloud Canvas - Edit and Create Images Online

Cloud Canvas is a free online image editing and image creation tool. Cloud Canvas fits in a niche somewhere between a simple drawing tool and a full-blown image editor like Aviary. If all you need is a tool for drawing simple pictures and diagrams, Cloud Canvas has you covered. If you need to do some basic work with vectors and layers, Cloud Canvas can help you there too. If you have photos or drawings that you want to edit, you can do that with Cloud Canvas.

Cloud Canvas uses HTML5 instead of Flash so you should be able to use it on the iPad. Cloud Canvas integrates with your Google Docs account so that when you save an image edited in Cloud Canvas it is saved and accessible in your Google Docs account. You can also export your images as PNG files.

Applications for Education
One sure way to make sure that your students don't violate anyone's copyright when using images for multimedia projects is to have them create their own images. Cloud Canvas is a free tool that your students could use to create images for their multimedia projects.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
7 Resources for Creating Cartoons & Comics
Five Online Drawing Tools
Nine Tools for Collaboratively Creating Mind Maps

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

USGS Multimedia Gallery

In the past I've written about Google Earth files and some other educational media from produced by the USGS (here and here). Today, I want to make sure that you're aware of some other great materials available through the USGS Multimedia Gallery. The USGS Multimedia Gallery contains large collections of educational videos, animations, podcasts, and image galleries. You can search each collection by topic and or keyword tags. RSS feeds are available for each gallery. In addition to the videos in the USGS Multimedia Gallery you can find many videos on the official USGS YouTube channel.

H/T to Lucy Gray who shared the USGS social media center on Facebook.

Applications for Education
If you need images or videos to help you deliver a lesson to your Earth Science students, the USGS Multimedia Gallery should be one of the first places you visit. Likewise students developing multimedia presentations for their Earth Science classes would be well-served to visit the USGS Multimedia Gallery.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Video - Two Cases of Global Warming
Climate Change, Wildlife, Wildlands Lesson Plans
An Immersive Virtual Tour of the Grand Canyon

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Glogster EDU Resource Library

Glogster has just announced some new services for users of Glogster EDU. Among the services available to users of the free platform are new categories for Glogs that should make it easier to search for examples of academic uses of Glogster. Glogster has also launched a forum for teachers to share ideas and best practices for using Glogster in their classrooms. Glogster is calling the forum GLab.

Glogster has also released a PDF guide for educators interested in using Glogster in their classrooms. The Glogster Educator Resource Library is a free 29 page PDF containing lesson plans and examples of Glogster used in classrooms. The lesson plans come with scoring rubrics are are aligned to national standards. The Glogster Educator Resource Library also contains links to additional sites offering media that can be use in Glogs.

Learn more about Glogster EDU in these posts.
The New Glogster EDU is Live
Just in Time for School - Glogster EDU
Glogster Announces Changes to EDU Accounts

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Prezi Announces New, Free Education Licenses

Prezi, a great service for taking presentations beyond bullets and pictures, has just announced that they're offering a free education license for teachers and students. Prior to this announcement the free version of Prezi did not allow for making content private. The new education license will allow teachers and students to keep their content private. The education license also offers five times the storage space of the previous free Prezi license. To get an education license you need to register using your school's email address.

In the announcement of the new, free education licenses Prezi cites this blog post as one of the reasons for the change. It's great to see a company respond to the education community. It's also a good example of what can be accomplished with an online campaign.

If you've never tried Prezi, I encourage to read this post and or watch the following video.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fresh Ideas for Fun Student Projects

Fresh Brain, a non-profit funded in part by Sun Microsystems, provides teachers and students with ideas for technology projects. On Fresh Brain students and teachers can find projects in which they build games, build iPhone and Facebook apps, make web pages, and mash-up videos. Fresh Brain provides space and a forum for students to connect and collaborate. To complete each project, Fresh Brain provides a list of suggested tools and getting started guides for completing each task.

Some of the popular projects on Fresh Brain right now are a project in which students create a webpage about cultures and a graphic design competition.

Applications for Education
There is no shortage of project and activity ideas on Fresh Brain. Teachers looking for creative ways to bring digital content creation into the classroom should explore Fresh Brain. The projects and tools suggested on Fresh Brain are intended for middle school and high school use.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Story Top Story Maker
Create a Free Website
Photovisi - Simple, Quick Collage Builder

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Help Glogster Get Better

Glogster Edu, a multimedia collage service that I really like, is looking for feedback from educators who have used it or tried to use it in their classrooms. Glogster Edu has published a short survey in which they're seeking feedback about how Glogster is used in education and what obstacles to using it in education exist. If you have a minute or two, I'm sure they'd appreciate your feedback.

Here are some posts about Glogster that I've previously written:
A Great Glogster Tutorial
Coming Soon from Glogster
The New Glogster Edu is Live

A Gallery of Glogs

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Gallery of Glogs

Glogster, a service that I've written about a few times in the past, is a great way to bring poster projects into the 21st century. Using Glogster students can create multimedia collages about anything. One of Glogster's employees, Jim Dachos (a former Maine teacher) has compiled a great list of examples of Glogster being used in academic settings. Jim has examples covering the whole spectrum of educational applications for Glogster from elementary school through high school. You can see Jim's list here.

Thanks to Lee Kolbert for the link to Jim's list.

Applications for Education
Glogster provides a good way to transition a 20th Century poster project into a 21st Century multimedia project. If you have colleagues that are reluctant to use web-based technology in their classrooms, Glogster can be a good first step for them to take. Share Jim's list with those reluctant colleagues to give them an idea of some the great things kids can do with Glogster.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
A Great Glogster Tutorial
Coming Soon from Glogster
The New Glogster Edu is Live

Monday, October 5, 2009

Copyright Friendly - Copyright Friendly Resources

Copyright Friendly is a wiki full of links to copyright friendly images and sounds resources. With proper attribution (in some cases no attribution) the images and sounds found in the links can be used for websites, blogs, podcasts, and other multimedia presentations. In addition to the images and sounds resources, you will find links to resources for creating avatars, creating graphs, and creating concept maps.

Thanks to Fred Delventhal for the link to this wiki.

Applications for Education
Finding copyright friendly images and sounds can be a time-consuming task. The Copyright Friendly wiki provides you and your students with an abundance of excellent resources.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Creative Thinking - Lessons About Copyright
Copyright for Educators
Google Adds License Filter to Image Search

Friday, October 2, 2009

The New Glogster Edu Is Live

Glogster, a great multimedia collage building platform that I've written about in the past, has officially launched the live version of Glogster Edu. The new Glogster Edu eliminates all of the problems that teachers previously encountered when trying to use Glogster in the their classrooms. The new Glogster Edu is hosted separately from the commerical version of Glogster thereby eliminating links to Glogs (multimedia collages) containing questionable content hosted the commercial version of Glogster. Glogster Edu provides teachers with a virtual classroom space in which they can manage the accounts of up to 200 students. Glogster Edu has also partnered with VoiceThread to allow users to include VoiceThread content in their Glogs.

Applications for Education
Glogster Edu is a great platform for moving stale, 20th Century, poster projects into the 21st Century. Students can use content from the web to create informative collages about a wide range of topics. Students can also use Glogster to create a dynamic digital portfoli of the content that they've published to sites like SchoolTube and VoiceThread.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Masher - A Great Video Creation Tool

Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC's Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don't find content that you like in Masher's library, you can add your own images, video clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader. Masher also gives you the option to insert text throughout your videos.

Creating with Masher is a simple matter of dragging elements from the media gallery into the timeline editor. From there you can arrange the sequence of elements using the drag and drop interface.

Here is a sample Masher video from the Masher public library.

Here is a sample Masher video that I made.

Applications for Education
Video mash-up tools like Masher are great tools for students to use to showcase knowledge they've gained and information they've found. Masher allows students to create work they can be proud of. The work they create can be showcased in a blog, wiki, or website.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Animoto Now Accepts Video Clips! This Is Awesome!
Stupeflix - Free Video Montage Creator
Vuvox - Create Multimedia Panoramic Slideshows

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Just in Time for School - Glogster Edu

At the end of June I met with Jim Dachos from Glogster and we talked about what Glogster is developing for educators. You can read about that conversation here. One of the things that Jim shared at the time was that Glogster is building a Glogster education service that is separate from the commercial version of Glogster. At the time Jim wasn't sure when that would be launched. This morning, Andrew Connelly who is the head of business development for Glogster announced on Twitter that the new should be available by August 14.

Applications for Education
Glogster is probably best described as service for creating an online collage of videos, music, images, and multiple text styles. Earlier this year I used Glogster to have my special education students create Glogs about various US Presidents. During our conversation Jim shared with me a Glog that was created by a student about Darfur. That Glog can be seen below.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

PodSafe Audio - Sounds for Podcasts

Creating podcasts and videos can be a great way to get students excited about school projects. But one of the common concerns that teachers have is locating music that can be used without violating copyright. PodSafe Audio, which I learned about in a session here at NECC 2009, could be a good place to locate and download free music for multimedia presentations. PodSafe Audio is a community of musicians who create music and share it for the purpose of fair-use in podcasts.

Applications for Education
In the opinion of my students this year, one of the most exciting projects was creating music videos about US Presidents. The only complaint they had was not having enough music choices. PodSafe Audio is a resource that I'll will access next year if I do the same type of project.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you: - Podcasting With
Free Music Archive
55 Places for Free Sound Effects

Saturday, June 6, 2009

More Wordle Ideas

Wordle is a good tool for creating visual representations of the most commonly used words in a document or on a website. Amy Meyer wrote a great post about Wordle on this blog back in February. Rather than rehash what Amy said, I'll encourage you to read her excellent post here.

This morning, from Mindy Stevens, I learned about a great slide presentation on using Wordle in the classroom. The presentation, created by Jennifer Wagner, gives a brief introduction to Wordle and ideas for using Wordle in the K-6 classroom. The presentation is embedded below. RSS readers will need to click through to view the presentation.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Free US History Slide Shows, Maps, and Worksheets

I'll start the New Year by sharing two resources for US History teachers. I've recently found a page of free slide shows, videos, and reproducible hand-outs from Multi Media Learning. Multi Media Learning is primarily a paid service, but one page is dedicated to free resources. You can access the free resources here.

The other US History resource that I recently found comes to us through the US History Teachers Blog. The US History Teachers Blog posted a link to a website where teachers can find a slide show to accompany every chapter of the The American Pageant textbook. This is a good time to mention that the US History Teachers Blog is a great place to find other slide shows, videos, and more resources for teaching US History. If you're a US History teacher, check it out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

TimeRime Multimedia Timeline Builder

TimeRime is a new addition to my list of excellent multimedia timeline creation tools. TimeRime is similar to one of my favorite timeline builders, Xtimeline. TimeRime allows users to create timelines that include text, images, audio, and video. One of the better features of TimeRime is that you can have more than one type of media for each event on your timeline. TimeRime users can also select which media type they want as the feature piece of each event. As we've come to expect with any web 2.0 tool of this type, you can embed the timeline in a blog or share it via email. I've embedded a sample TimeRime timeline below.

Applications for Education
Timelines have been a staple in the Social Studies teacher's handbook for years. TimeRime and resources like it, put a 21st century spin on the standard timeline project. One way to really take advantage of TimeRime would be to have students role play events in history, film the role play, then post the video on the appropriate place along a timeline.