Goal: 35 Sites and Resources to Capture A Moment

Part of the Goals 2010 Challenge Series, Goal 28

One of the best parts of the digital revolution is we no longer need to throw away student creations or projects.  We can keep student work for years as reminders of teachable moments or creativity at work. So many projects lugged home each year and how many of us can keep every poster, science fair project, drawing, or written story. So much work left behind by students, teachers, and parents. With digital devices and web tools we have the ability to save all work. Students can remember some of their best work and build on it year after year. These can be part of a portfolio and important for reflection. Parents can have a permanent record of their child’s creativity and growth.

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Recommended Web Tools

  • VoiceThread– Integrate slides, drawings, videos, and images. People can leave comments in a variety of formats. See these resources for examples.
  • Glogster– An interactive and multimedia poster.
  • Masher– Create a video by mixing video clips, music tracks, and images. These can be from your own library or choose from a huge library of audio, video, and music content, which are free to use. Easily embed it in your blog.
  • Open Shot– You have to download this but it supports various platforms. This video editing software takes your uploaded video clips, photos, and music and allows you do to add cool transitions, text, and effects. Moreover, you can do close-ups, which I haven’t seen in other video editing tools. You can then upload your video to Youtube or embed it.
  • JayCut– This exciting video editor launches the full features in February. However, this is really impressive online video editor that you can play with here. Online you can upload images, audio, and video clips. Add transitions, effects, and more. Easily collaborate with others on the same video. You can also edit videos on your smartphone.
  • Stupeflix-Mix images, videos, and soundtracks. Add titles, transitions, and themes. There is no library of free music but you can easily embed it. See this great example.
  • Capzles-make an impressive presentation with your videos, images, and music. Moreover, blog about the experience which goes on a horizontal timeline.
  • Magnoto– A mix between Wallwisher and Glogster. Display your photos, videos, text and audio in unique ways on a cool background. You have the freedom to move the parts around. People can comment on the different pages and subscribe to them.
  • Scrapblog-Create multimedia scrapbooks. Upload your images and play with the themes, stickers, backgrounds, text features, and frames. Embed this in your blog.
  • Mixbook– Collaborate on a photobook with friends. Create stories, photo journals, and more with your uploaded images. You can zoom in on photos, add backgrounds, and embed this in a blog.
  • Animoto– Make videos with creative common images and audio. Upload your own images, video clips, and audios.

Multimedia Slideshows

  • Prezi-the alternative to PowerPoint. Create non-linear presentations with images, text, video, and cool transitions.
  • SlideRocket– Store your slide presentations online and integrate audio, images, and video. You can also collaborate with peers on presentations and create presentations online. Embed this on your blog, publish to a url, or conduct a webinar. A content library is available.
  • Voki Presenter – Create multimedia presentations with talking avatars and cool animations.
  • Slideshare– Upload your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and pdfs to embed in your blog. You can narrate your presentation.
  • Authorstream– Upload your PowerPoint presentations to embed in your blog. You can narrate your presentation and play it as a video.
  • Recommended image editing apps- CamMePhotofy, Selfit, Group Shot,  Pixlr, BeFunky, Pic-Collage, Pic Arts,  Frame Artist, Muzy, Photo Editor by Aviary, You Doodle, and ImageChef.

More Resources

For further information on these resources, please visit these websites:

Challenge: Begin to document your favorite lessons by taking pictures, recording audio, or recording a video.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

10 comments

  1. Thanks for the shout-out Shelly. I’m humbled to be mentioned on such a great blog. The things that you have done really show why you are one of the top technology educators around.

    Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see all the success that comes your way!!

  2. Hi Shelly

    Thank you so much for this wealth of information which is so practical.

    I would really ike to try out Glogster and saying it here on your blog, I hope will motivate me to actually create one, rather than just talk about creating one and then putting it off all the time!!

  3. Reflection is so important. Just the other day a teacher asked me if I could hunt for a project that they could do with their older buddies. I thought about it for a long time and started creating a new project from scratch…it seemed oddly familiar and I wondered if I had seen it somewhere before. Then it dawned on me, I had created the same project a few years ago for another teacher. Thank goodness I had saved it digitally, it was easy to access and share. Now I need some way to remember what I have already done…I need to start tagging all of my desktop work!

    I love your idea about bulletin boards of the future, I hope that becomes a reality sooner than later!

  4. […] SlideRocket- Store your slide presentations online and integrate audio, images, and video. You can also collaborate with peers on presentations and create presentations online. Embed this on your blog, publish to a url, or conduct a webinar. A content library is available. For more presentation tools, check out this post. […]

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