Tired of PowerPoint I like Photostory better -- it is more difficult for students (but not impossible) for students to just copy & paste. We've had a class in here all week working on theirs & the teacher seemed pleased as well. There is an online site <http://www.tikatok.com/> http://www.tikatok.com/ where students can create their own book, have it published and purchase printed copies. They don't have to purchase, however, & books can be downloaded to one's computer. I've also used <http://www.animoto.com/> www.animoto.com and <http://www.voicethreads.com/> www.voicethreads.com -- both have free versions as well as subscription versions with more bells and whistles I've been having fun with Photopeach - here is a slide show from a 2nd gr. Research group: <http://photopeach.com/album/luh82h> http://photopeach.com/album/luh82h With older kids it takes a little planning - just like with ppt, so they don't waste all their time on the music, etc! We started to use Animoto and Glogster this year. They are Web 2.0 tools and the kids have used them with great success. Both sites have educational links. I feel your pain. Here are a few things students have been using to get away from PPT. Photostory - different and fun; very easy to use with step by step instructions Animoto.com - fun and simple; but limited text; need to create an educator account for unlimited length of videos; REALLY neat! Letterpop.com - great for brochures, invitations, etc.again its click and drag Glogster.com - poster maker Windows Moviemaker - easy to use; step by step instructions Some of our students have been making their own videos using Windows Movie Maker. Sometimes their end product isn't much different than a PPT, though, if they just download and import images from Google. How about Glogster, Voicethread or digital storytelling? <http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/> http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/ The first one is an online poster maker. Voicethread is similar to digital storytelling. If you google them you will find the websites. What about creating a web page? I have my students do this in Word and then, when completely finished, "save as web page". This opens up many conversations about plagiarism and copyrights etc. My students enjoy personalizing the page with word art and backgrounds. I find this tool better than using a proper HTML editor because my elementary kiddos are already comfortable with Word. We have an intranet portal with some discussion tools similar to a blog.Each teacher sets-up their own page and has to maintain those conversations. The software does allow for deleting of threads or specific posts. Finding the same thing here. Am working on new ideas...just learing photostory myself. What about podcasts? Have you watched the Extreme PPT Make-over on YouTube? It's worthwhile, IMHO. Glogster.com has an education version. Also, students can design their own wikis (wikispaces & pb wiki are good). The art teacher and I collaborated on a PhotoStory 3 project in which the students researched African-American artists, incorporated their photos and pictures of their artwork into PhotoStory, and then selected music to accompany from an appropriate time period to accompany the "picture show." The amount of music available on PhotoStory is phenomenal. We all enjoyed the project, and I know the art teacher wants to do another PhotoStory with Latin American artists during this last 9 weeks with a different student group. No, you will get the same results from PhotoStory--more copying and pasting. It will produce slides with the added razzle-dazzle of Ken Burns effects Most teachers at our school are moving to Windows MovieMaker as the = multimedia project of choice. We've worked diligently to help them = design projects that combine sharing information with storytelling = rather than the usual reports--they are much more interesting to watch. I just did a project for a graduate course I'm taking and used a comicmaker. The site is www.pixton.com Do you use Smartboards? Last year I had a 4th grade class create smartboard "lessons". They worked in pairs with each pair assigned a country and a famous structure in the country to research. Each partner researched one of the items and then created and informational Smartboard page. They then worked together to create an interactive activity that pulled the two informational pages together. (3 pages total..country, structure, activity) They were givien sheets with the info that they needed to research. The twist was that they were not allowed to "write a book" on their slide or make it look like a PPT slide. The kids were allowed to write only three "facts" on their slide (we streched this a little bit as the fact could contain a few related items...they really were just not allowed to bullet or write full paragraphs)The kids each presented the finished product to the class and they all had a great time. The questions from the audience were amazing and the responses really showed who did and didn't do their research. I have recently had a huge amount of success suggesting goanimate.com to my teachers. It is a Web 2.0 tool and it is very easy to learn. I have taught it to several classes now and they love using it. What about a TV ad, short video, claymation video, podcast, or some other 2.0 such as a wiki, or one of the newer ones I don't know the name of? photostory. I have the kids do their research and write their scripts. We really work to refine the scripts (listening to/ critiquing old radio shows gives them some ideas- their are also some good examples online). Once scripts are done, the search for the pictures that help to convey their message or help to tell their story. They complete tjheir storyboards and then we finally sit down and put it all together. The kids love their projects and the teachers and I feel that they have used more HOTS and writing skills than with ppt. Hope this helps! I have my students creating modern day folk tales using photostory right now. This is the 2nd year I've done a project like this. We talk about the 398 section of non-fiction, and why folk tales are part of the social science section. I inform students to the oral history of these types of stories before they were ever written down and that is why there are so many different versions of the same story. =20 Photostory is a great modern take on these oral stories. Students work = in small groups (3-4 students) to create a story plan, produce a story = board,use some method of digitally illustrating the story (I share a = variety of techniques that students can use such as; digital photos of dioramas = they create, or of themselves or others in costume, or illustrations on = paper and scanned or created in paint using combinations of clipart and = paint tools) and then adding the narration.At the end of the project we have a film = festival and share all the stories. They are then placed on the school shared drive so that primary students = can watch them as well. We have been creating glogs with our students using glogster.com. Glogs, online posters, allow students to add video, music, hyperlinks, images, and text. The glogs have been one of the most successful Web 2.0 projects I've ever tried. After I talked one teacher into trying it, she was so thrilled that she told all the other English teachers. They've been lining up for projects. We've taken the completed glogs and embedded them in class wikis. It was also the first wiki experience for my teachers. Some of the teachers learned to do the wikis themselves, some I created for them and helped them add the glogs. Two weeks ago I started using Photostory, the students, 6th grade, picked it up quicker than I did. I believe it does help with cut and paste, when the students began recording their voices, they realized they did not understand some of the words they wrote down and had to go back and find out what they were talking about! They were less likely to just read a bunch of stuff that cut and paste makes so easy. So I am still new at this, but so far I'm liking it. Including a citation page is a little tricky. I figured out that if they did a slide in Power Point, saved it as an image, they could pull it into Photostory. Down side is I paid about $700.00 for a set of 30 headphones with microphones attached. Good luck!!!! You can do some really neat things with photostory. One thing that works really well for us, as far as student presentations go, is to have the student write a researched narration to go with their photos. They can either record the narration right on the photostory , or stand up by the screen and read the narration as the photostory is projected. I've tried it with history classes and with classroom novels and it seems to work quite well. They come up with some prett interesting things to watch. I do a project with my 7th graders tracking the stockmarket. I give them each $1000 to invest, they go out and pick up to 5 stocks from the NYSE that will add up to the $1000. We then use a spreadsheet to track our stocks for 30 days. We talk about what stocks are, what makes them go up and down, and the economy in general. We fill out the quarter by working on finding our the price of colleges they may want to attend, finding the annual salary of the job they want and finding that perfect house and determining if they can pay for it. We also create a resume and talk about what skills they need to start working on to get that first job. We do create a power point, but the students work in pairs and select a country to look at the currency and economic situation. If you want additional info, lessons or such let me know.
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