There are many good tools which enable collaborative digital storytelling for education purpose. By putting students in the role of storytellers, they become engaged and take the ownership of their own learning. Also they can learn how to utilize technologies which are becoming more important than ever in 21st century. Here are some great examples. The art works from these online tools have professional looking. The websites all have great features in free versions and special pricing policy for education if paid services are needed.
Mixbook for Education is a safe environment for teachers and students. The Education Program offers :
- Free Collaborative Classroom Tools for creating and sharing personalized Mixbook photo books
- Secure online environment for students and teachers to share and edit privately
- Education Discounts on printed products – 10-30% off printed Mixbooks for your classroom
Mixbook is an easy-to-use website for you to make photo books, you can upload pictures and photos from your computers or from online albums like Facebook, Flickr, PhotoBucket, SmugMug, Picasa. You can customize your ebooks by choosing themes, layouts, background materials and stickers. You can change all the elements by drag-and-drop. You can set the private levels of your ebooks. You can easily share them online through social media or by email, you even can embed them into your websites. Before you order to print them out, it’s all free !
Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account (originally $30/year) for use in classrooms, it can create presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. There is an array of tools helps you automatically create unique video pieces. Animoto automatically analyzes music, photos and video clips, and orchestrates a custom video. Leaving you and your students free to focus on the content and narrative of their videos. You can mix relevant messaging, statistics and quotes among the pictures your videos to educate your audience. Animoto makes it easy to share your videos via email, on a blog/website, exported to YouTube, or downloaded to a computer for use in presentations. This is a link to a how-to video.