Glogster provides a digital platform for students to create a multimedia poster. Import video (from a file or YouTube) or images. Glogsters are great for book reviews, describing important events in history, showing a detailed description of a novel's setting, displaying images and video from an engaging science experiment... Easy to create - Students love making them!
Meograph helps easily create, watch, and share interactive stories. Our first product combines maps, timeline, links, and multimedia to tell stories in context of where and when. Click here to see educational examples.
Authoring is structured into a few simple prompts on an intuitive interface. Viewers get a new form of media that they can watch in two minutes or explore for an hour. Sharing is easy: the two most viral types of media are videos and infographics ... Meograph is both.
This is the only tool I'm including in this post that I haven't tried. I just found out about it and thought it was worthy of sharing. I plan to give it a try soon. I'm not sure if this would be best as a teacher tool or for student use. I'm anxious to explore it further.
A Creative Learning app for the iPad that empowers kids to draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons and share them with friends & family around the world. Creating cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button and tell your stories through play! Once you’re done, share your cartoons with friends & family around the world. This is one of my kid's favorite apps. Period.
Other great resources:
My friend Shelly put together an amazing slide show sharing fabulous tools and ideas for digital storytelling. She has an amazing website at Teacher Reboot Camp. Click here to visit her post on digital storytelling where she shares 20+ tools and additional resources for getting started. I'm embedding Shelly's presentation below; be sure to check out her site by clicking here!
Assessing Digital Storytelling:
My kids often collaborate on the assignment objectives before we begin working on our project. As we start our work, they refine their expectations. We make anchor charts to determine what will guide their process. They use quality mentor work to set the bar for their work. We use professional mentors and student mentor examples to shape our perspective.
When I use rubrics, they're often created by the students. They discuss what they are aiming for in their work. I like using RubiStar because it's free and easy to use. Additionally, the site allows you to edit each box, or cell, so that you can enter the exact language your class developed for their project. They also offer several prompts to help guide the process of creating your rubric. You can use their examples without editing, too. There are a ton of subjects and project ideas to choose from!
When I taught middle school, I often let my kids develop their own rubrics to self-assess their work. Each rubric was similar but had a different focus. This allowed me to see what they wanted me to focus on when offering feedback for their projects.
Here is an example I quickly put together for this post to show for digital storytelling: