Had a great session (back in June) with Betty and Ourania. We compared 2 different tools for creating a digital story: powerpoint vs movie maker*.
Essentially the process is the same for both:
- create your idea and a short script
- collect photos and audio files (media)
- import your media into the program editing area (stage?)
- add effects or animation, tweak the timing, add credits etc
- export the movie
In favour of powerpoint:
- teachers and students are more likely to already know the program
- you can add text to the screen much more easily (a mix of images and text can be useful for language learning)
- you have more options in your animations
- you get something that looks more like a movie straight away – while in powerpoint you’ll have to manually add basic animations to images
- it’s only one click to record audio into the movie
- it’s easier to see how the audio matches the timing across each frame
What can you do with these kinds of apps in your teaching and learning?
- students can create their own movie or presentation, based around photos
- could be based on narrative, explanation, giving instructions
- follow-up from excursions, add voice-over to photos
- use basic stick figure pictures to create dialogue cartoons, with student voice-over
What ideas can you think of? Share your ideas in the comment section.
* (both microsoft products on windows 7)