5 Card Flickr

Promote visual thinking by playing Five Card Flicker, a Web 2.0 version of the Five Card Nancy game.

PowerPoint Storytelling

By the time they high school, our students are PowerPoint pros. This group project for Spanish class demonstrates how, by losing the bullet points and insisting on a little creativity, the most ubiquitous of student hardware, the camera phone, can be used to create an interesting, grammatically correct story using the slideshow software.

Love online 3D animation options likeXtranormalbut don't have to bandwith or processor to make it feasible? Don't forget about PowerPoint! Using slides like keyframes can produce some surprisingly sophisticated animtation results. Check out this PowerPoint shared via Kathy Schrock:

Digital Comic Creation

Bitstrips like these can demonstrate student comprehension of characterization and plot for any piece of literature, as well as reinforcing the visual literacy conventions which underpin comics.


Using Audacity to create a narrative for a wordless picture book


GCast(no longer by phone -- try instead)

Dial-A-Story Idea

  • Create a line for Dial-A-Story from the schools phone line. (Ex. Press 3 for the storyline in English, Press 4 for the storyline in Spanish)
  • Invite anyone from the school staff, parents, or students to read.

Images + Audio


Animoto for Education


Found Documentaries

Having students use Microsoft MovieMaker to create "found" documentaries related to subject content which test students' content comprehension, technical skills, and media literacy. This is a "found" documentary produced by one of Wendy's students in a single class period to describe the potential of stem cells and the controversy surrounding research in that area.

Really Simple Machinima

Using Camstudio, the free screen capture software, and Windows MovieMaker, students can mash content into their own creations, like this animation and music combo.

Other Story Forms


A student uses a PhotoPeach slideshow to present research about koala bears. (via Melissa Techman, Twitter-@mtechman)

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