My kids love to use animation tools such as Kahootz and Pivot to bring their wacky ideas to life. While these tools are great they definitely have their limitations. GoAnimate has to be the best online animation tool I have come across and it is really not that far off budget TV quality. Students can create their own characters from scratch, import their own visuals and audio and access GoAnimates monstrous database of props and backgrounds. This is a great tool to stimulate reluctant writers and your dramatically minded kids will love it. I think the best way to describe GoAnimate is to have a look at their demo video below. I would love to hear from anyone that uses it regularly for some lesson suggestions. Check it out here
Creaza is a suite of web based applications that would be useful in any class situation from round year 5 up. A Video Editor, Movie Editor, Mind Mapping tool and Comic Strip Creator. Check below for a detailed description of each of these below.
The quality of each app is very high especially the mind mapping tool and audio editor that is not quite up to the standard of Myna but it is still quite solid nonetheless. Creaza is totally free but does offer some extras for hardended users for a small fee. I strongly recommend checking out Creaza as it is simply a one stop shop for web based creativity and multimedia and by the look of their blog they don't look to be just stopping at these four worthwhile apps.
Once your students have created a login account they can express their ideas and concepts in innovative and creative means through Creaza. Check it out here.
Mindomo – The Mind Map Tool
With Mindomo, you can organise and get an overview of thoughts, ideas, links, and other information visually.
In order for the brain to remember what you learn, knowledge needs to be categorised. To make the learning process easier and more fun, you can use the mind map tool to make a map of your thoughts and sort them thematically.
The mind map is well suited to exploring new material, looking at connections between new and known knowledge, and organising material for further development.
Mind map topics can contain media files and links, as well as text.
Cartoonist – The Cartooning ToolWith Cartoonist, you can compose multimedia stories. You can use the tool to create comic strips or more personal digital narratives.
In Cartoonist, you will encounter thematic universes with backgrounds, characters/figures, and various objects that you can paste into the frames. With this tool, you can also create title cards, speech balloons, thought balloons, or scream balloons. You can also combine all this with your own images.
Your cartoon will be organised into a strip with several frames, which can be presented both on the web and printed out on paper.
Click here to see a video demo
AudioEditor is also well suited for making radio reports and radio plays, and you can publish the finished sound clip as a podcast.
This tool follows established conventions for sound editing, allowing you to place sound files along a timeline, across several channels.
You can also record sound and add it as a track on top of your final edit.
MovieEditorMovieEditor is designed to help you produce your own multimedia, based on fully developed thematic universes, with video and sound clips.
You can edit a short film or splice together your own version of a newscast, a commercial, a film trailer, or a TV interlude, play it back later, and compare it with the original.
MovieEditor also allows you to experiment with how different music or sound effects change your understanding of moving pictures. You can use the movie editor to import your own film clips, sound clips, and images, and splice them into your story.
This tool follows established conventions for film editing, synchronising video, images, sound, and text on a timeline.
Following on from Doink, stripgenerator is for the frustrated comic artist in all of us who want to make a witty 3 panel comic strip that looks sharp, stylish and takes seconds to create. It is probably aimed at an older audience (High School kids will ove this one.) by it's edgy stylized nature but really any age can jump in here. Once again you can embed and share with the world. So if you are a budding Charles. M Schulz, Jim Davis or Gary Larson but can't draw so well then this might be your starting point. Check it out here.