A few of my favorite sources for having students collaborate and publish work:
Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy.
Capzles: Time Captured. All of your media, your life, your stories. Together like never before. Create rich, multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, documents and more.
Sonic Pics for itouch devices. Narrate your photos like never before, flipping to each image as you are ready to talk. You choose the timing. SonicPics makes it easy to make slideshow movies on your iPod touch or iPhone.
View Mrs. Klein's seventh grade class projects using itouch technology and Sonic Pics.
Prezi offers a unique format to the traditional slideshow presentation. Prezi is 'the zooming presentation editor.' Start creating astonishing presentations live and on the web. You can directly add video and multimedia into your work while adding flare to your presentation through the incredible design you develop.
Xtranormal turns type (or text) into speech. Students create a monologue or incorporate a dialogue between characters to explain various concepts. Students can retell main parts of a book, report on a historical event, or explain steps in a math problem.
View a language arts example used for our reading intervention class or a seventh grade student's digital writing project example. Also, teachers can use these as engaging anticipatory sets to start a new lesson.
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!
Storybird has become one of my new personal favorites. This free site allows teachers to create an account and invite students so that projects can be monitored. If you simply decide to allow students to create their own accounts, which is what I did, they can send you the link to their project. Students take ownership in selecting their illustrator's artwork and developing their written work as an author. These beautiful books can also be printed to share.
Enjoy reading an example of Leah's work, one of my language art's students.