Tired of PowerPoint by chenmeixiu


									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

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

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?
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

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

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.


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 =

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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