Showing posts with label multimedia presentation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label multimedia presentation. Show all posts

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Animate Text with Wondersay

Wondersay is a simple tool for creating animated text displays. The animated text displays you create with Wondersay can be embedded into a blog post or wiki page. To create an animated text display just type a few words then click the Wondersay This icon. If you don't like the display that is automatically generated you can customize the colors, fonts, and animation effects until you're satisfied with the display. See my animated text below.

made on Wondersay - Animate text with style

Applications for Education
Wondersay could be a fun way to enhance the display on a multimedia project constructed on Glogster, Wikispaces, or other similar sites.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Easy Way to Make Online Booklets

There are some good services on the web that will turn PDFs into books and booklets and some services that will even allow you to create embeddable booklets online, yet few are quite as simple to use as Simple Booklet. Simple Booklet is a new service offering free online booklet creation and publishing.

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.

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, 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. (In my testing, when embedding Simple Booklet you cannot resize it and have it still display correctly. You need to have a large online canvas like that found in Wikispaces to display your booklet correctly). You can see my short story here.

Thanks to Vicki Davis for the link.

Applications for Education
Simple Booklet could be a good tool for students to use to publish multimedia stories. Students could use Simple Booklet to create a small portfolio of their work using videos, images, sounds, and text. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about having students create more in-depth research analysis by combining critique of written and audio/visual content they find online. Simple Booklet could be used for that purpose.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Youblisher - Publish PDFs as Online Magazines
Booklet Creator - Turn Any PDF Into a Booklet
Yudu - Publish Your PDFs as Online Magazines

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Adobe's Project ROME Looks Promising

Last Monday I bookmarked an article on ZDNet about Adobe's new Project ROME for Education to read later. I now wish I hadn't waited. After trying it out for the better part of an hour, I can describe Project ROME as a combination of the best elements of Glogster, Apple's Pages, Keynote, and touch of GIMP thrown-in for good measure.

Project ROME allows users to create multimedia documents and presentations. ROME can also be used to create quizzes and to design websites. Users can build documents that include images, videos, and animations. Animations can be imported from an existing file or created from scratch within ROME.  Resizing of elements within any project in ROME is a simple matter of drag and drop resizing. Arranging elements is also a drag and drop process. Adding elements to a project in ROME is done by selecting from a large series of drop-down menus. Some parts of using ROME are quite intuitive, but as you might expect with a program that has many features, there are parts of ROME that will require you to follow a tutorial the first time you try it. Watch the video below for an overview of Project ROME.

Right now Project ROME is free, but I don't expect it to stay free forever. ROME is available to use online and as a desktop application.

Applications for Education
As the demo template shows, Project ROME could be used to create mathematics quizzes that contain animations. You could also use ROME to create a quiz or set of discussion prompts that contain videos. ROME could be used by students to create multimedia presentations or documents.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This Source of Free Sounds is a Real Jewel

Last month I posted a list of 7 Sources of Free Sounds for Multimedia Projects. Today, through Vicki Davis I learned about another good source of free sounds and music for multimedia projects. Jewel Beat hosts hundreds of sounds and music that you can download, reuse, and remix for free. Below is a sample from Jewel Beat.

BTW, that blog post title might win the prize for cheesiest of the year, but I just had to mix it up.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year
47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom
How to Use YouTube's Video Editor

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wikispaces Makes it Easier to Embed Glogs

Those people whose students have created Glogster Glogs (multimedia collages) and use Wikispaces probably already know that Wikispaces pages are a great way to display student work. The process for embedding a Glog into a Wikispaces page used to require users to copy the Glogster html code then paste it into Wikispaces using the "embed other html" widget. The process just got a lot simpler.

In a blog post today Wikispaces announced that they now fully support the embedding of Glogs through a new option in the Wikispaces widgets menu. Now when you open the widget menu in your Wikispaces editor you will see a logo for Glogster EDU. Click the Glogster EDU logo, log into your Glogster account, select your Glog, click insert, save your work and you're done. Glogster Edu has a tutorial of the process that you can view here.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Glogster Video Tutorial
Glogster EDU Resource Library
How-to Week - Day 1 - Using Wikispaces

Monday, August 30, 2010

Find Images from NASA in The Commons on Flickr

The Commons on Flickr is a good place to find public domain images from archiving institutions around the world. Today, NASA joined The Commons by contributing 180 photographs in three sets to the The Commons. The image sets are titled Building NASA, Launch and Takeoff, and NASA Center Namesakes. All of the images are available for reuse without any copyright restrictions.

This a photo from the Launch and Takeoff set. I saw a photo very similar to this one as an elementary school kid and was very intrigued by it.

H/T to Read Write Web for the news about NASA's additions to Flickr.

Applications for Education
The Commons on Flickr is a good resource for students in need of images for multimedia projects for history, literature, and other content areas. A requirement of contributors to The Commons is that all images are made available without copyright restrictions. Check out some of the other institutions contributing to The Commons.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NASA Space Place - Where Science is Fun!
NASA Images - Embed Galleries of Images and Videos
Video - Space Shuttle from Hangar to Launch