In my previous blog, I mentioned talking with my son about what he would like to see happen in school in terms of technology integration. He was really focused on creating videos and other types of media. This was my jumping of point for investigating what types of web2.0 technologies I could find that would support students in the classroom. While I teach kindergarten, I didn’t just limit myself to what would be only appropriate for them, because I felt that would limit what I looked at. I did try to focus my search on the creation aspect of the tools though.
The first app I found is 3D Bear and I was intrigued by it, mostly because it is Augmented Reality, and frankly I am fascinated by the the whole AR concept. I can envision this being used at multiple grade levels. At young elementary grades students could use it to create alphabet stories using each letter as the basis for different scenes, It could be used in middle and high school to recreate story scenes or share a science concept.
Keeping in line with student creation I next looked at Storyboard That. What I liked about it was that students had the ability to click on the visuals they wanted to use and add them to the scene and they could customize the characters, to a certain point. The downfall was that the customizing was limited and I think that would be a deterrent for some students. The site gave some suggested lesson plan ideas based on grade levels which could be helpful for a teacher as they are starting to work with this. A little more digging around and I discovered that you could also make things like movie posters and infographics. There is some potential here. The image below I created in about 10 minutes.
Story Bird is a digital storybook platform where students can create and publish their writing. There are others similar to this one, but the other one I looked at I didn’t care for. Story Bird has been around for a while and allows for collaboration and feedback. The site includes multiple lesson plan ideas and has an extensive collections of images to support the story writing. It just isn’t traditional stories formats available. They also offer templates for comic strips and and poetry. Like any other digital writing platform I believe it provides opportunities for students to uses digital methods to share knowledge as well as providing an opportunity to be creative.
For the next two applications I went a little different approach. The first is Animoto. I found this on on the blog, Teach & Learn. I wouldn’t have thought of Animoto for classroom use because when you visit it is aimed at the professional sector. However, it allows the user to create videos by dragging and dropping videos and photos into it’s online video editor. It also has a music library. This would make it possible for student to create their own video even if they don’t have something like Final Cut or other video editing software available to them at home.
For my last web2.0 tool I am going back to AI and sharing Narakeet. This used to be called Video Puppet. With Narakeet you can convert powerpoint presentations into video presentations and by adding the script, it will add the voice over. The creator has the has the options of recording your own voice. This could be really great for teachers during distance learning or even when they have a sub:). I can also see the benefit of this for students who struggle with speaking in front of the class, students with speech limitations or even ELL students.
When delving into the resources I found online I started discovering that there are a wealth of opportunities for students and teachers alike to make teaching and learning more engaging.
3D Bear. Retrieved on October 16, 2020, from https://www.3dbear.io
Animoto. Retrieved on October 16, 2020, from https://animoto.com/
Narakeet. Retrieved on October 16, 2020, from https://www.narakeet.com
Story Bird. Retrieved on October 16, 2020, from https://storybird.com/about
Story Board That. Retrieved on October 16, 2020, from https://www.storyboardthat.com/
50 Web 2.0 tools for Schools. (September 2, 2020). Teach & Learn. Retrieved on October 16, 2020, from https://www.techlearning.com/tl-advisor-blog/3936