Showing posts with label digital projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label digital projects. Show all posts

Monday, August 21, 2017

10 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios

Yesterday's Practical Ed Tech weekly newsletter featured ten tools that your students can use this year to create digital portfolios. A copy of the handout that was included in the newsletter is embedded below.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Student Stories Drawings in ClassDojo

Student Stories is ClassDojo's student portfolio tool that they launched around this time last year. A few weeks ago I gave a run-down of new features that are going to be added to ClassDojo's Student Stories tool for the new school year. One of those features is an option for students to draw or annotate images in their portfolios. That feature is now live and ready for your students to use.

Applications for Education
Drawing on an image in a portfolio can be a good way for students to highlight the most important parts of an picture or of a diagram. In an art history lesson you could have students take a picture of a famous work and then use the drawing tool in Student Stories to highlight the techniques used by the artist.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

10 Good Tools for Creating Digital Portfolios - A PDF Handout

As the new school year gets started you may find yourself thinking about how you and your students can keep track of the great work that they do throughout the school year. Creating and managing digital portfolios is one way to create a showcase of your students' good work. In the document embedded below I have included a summary of ten good tools that can be used to create digital portfolios. Within some of the summaries you will find links to video tutorials about the featured digital portfolio tools.


Click here if you cannot see the document embedded above.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Four Ways for Students to Create Multimedia Magazines

Years ago, one of the first uses of the iBooks issued to Maine's middle school students that impressed me was a magazine project completed as part of a civics lesson. If I recall correctly, the students used Pages to create their magazines. The students seemed to be highly engaged in creating the best magazines they that could. Their final products were printed. The students were quite proud of their work. Unfortunately, back then the web wasn't nearly as robust as it is today and the students' audience was limited.

Today, students can create multimedia magazines and distribute them globally through the web. Here are four good options for creating multimedia magazines and distributing them online. Jump to the end of the article for another idea about using multimedia magazines in the classroom.


Lucidpress is a slick for collaboratively creating multimedia documents. If you watch the video below you'll notice that Lucidpress has some similarities to Google Documents. In fact, you can use your Google Account to sign into Lucidpress and you can use items stored in your Google Drive account in your Lucidpress documents. Lucidpress has commenting and sharing features that are similar to Google Drive too. What makes Lucidpress different from Google Documents is the selection of layouts and the layout customizations available to you. I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service.



Update 12/26/2014 - SimpleBooklet is no longer free. Glossi has gone offline. 

Simple Booklet is a service that I've shared with teachers for a few years now. To create a book using Simple Booklet just sign-up for a free account and click create. Select the layout template that suits your needs. To add content click anywhere on the blank canvas and a menu of options will appear. You can add text, images, audio files, videos, and links to each page of your booklet. In the field for adding text there is an option to copy from Word documents. Each page of your Simple Booklet can have multiple elements on it. To include videos you can upload your own files or select from a variety of provides including SchoolTube, TeacherTube, YouTube, and others. To add audio to your pages you can upload your own files or again select from the online hosts Last.fm, Sound Cloud, or Mix Cloud. When you're done building pages in your Simple Booklet you can share it online by embedding it into a webpage or you can share the unique link generated for your booklet.

Glossi is a service for creating digital magazines. Glossi magazines can include images, videos, audio files, and links to external sources of information. The magazines that you create are displayed with page-turning effects. Your magazines can be embedded into your blog. Learn more about Glossi in the video below.




This post would be incomplete if I did not mention iBooks Author. If your school has modern MacBooks, your students can use iBooks Author to create and publish multimedia magazines. iBooks Author is a powerful too, but to master it takes more time than it does to master the three services mentioned above. To help you get started using iBooks Author I recommend spending some time with the following tutorial resources. Publishing with iBooks Author is a free 110 page publication from O'Reilly Media. I  just discovered the guide a couple of days ago and I wish I had found it earlier because it would have saved me a lot of time in learning how to use iBooks Author. Publishing with iBooks Author covers everything from copyright, DRM, and the End User Agreement to templates, layouts, media insertion, publishing, and distribution. You will have to register for an O'Reilly Media account to download the book (that does take a few minutes and requires email verification) but I think that's a small price to pay for an excellent free ebook. Publishing with iBooks Author is available to download as an ePub file and as a PDF.

Kinetic Media has a nearly one hour video that takes you through every aspect of creating an iBook with iBooks Author. The video covers everything from choosing a template to using custom HTML5 widgets in your iBooks. That video is embedded below.


If sitting through a one hour video like the Kinetic Media iBooks Author video is a bit too much for you, take a look at this playlist of 25 iBooks Author tutorials from DIY Journo. The videos cover the same things as in the Kinetic Media tutorial, but each tutorial is its own short video.



Applications for Education
Creating a multimedia magazine could be a good way for students to create a digital portfolio. To form a multimedia magazine students can pull together videos, pictures they've taken, and documents they've written throughout the school year.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Organize and Share Files and Bookmarks on Pearltrees

Pearltrees is a service that combines social bookmarking with mind-mapping. Using Pearltrees you can bookmark websites and arrange your bookmarks into webs or mindmaps of related topics. Recently, Pearltrees added the option for users to upload files use in their mindmaps. Users can arrange and share their files just like they can with any other Pearltrees mindmap. Pearltrees can be used in your web browser or through the free Pearltrees iOS and Android apps.

Applications for Education
Uploading files to Pearltrees gives students another way to create digital portfolios to show-off their best work. Through Pearltress students can showcase work they've created offline along with work they've published online. For example, a student could combine links to their best blog posts with pictures of artwork that they have created offline.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Here's a Good Digital Story Project

Silvia Tolisano who wrote the great Skype section of The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators recently had a great post on her blog that all elementary school teachers interested in digital storytelling should check out. In Creating a Techno-Tale in iMovie Silvia outlines and gives directions for using iMovie to record a book-style movie in which students use their voices to narrate the story. You can read and download all of the directions from Silvia's blog. The video introduction to the process is embedded below.


How To Guide- TechnoTales in iMovie from langwitches on Vimeo.