Multimedia Resources & Student Products

Building Transforming Lessons
   through Technology
Students can create a product as a result of  "Applying their Knowledge" through thinking skills or practice.  These student products can range from graphic organizers or models to multimedia productions.  Explore an expansive student product idea list.  Other student product resources have been listed below.

Animoto for Education Website 
Enhance your digital classroom with Animoto, the perfect tool for creating videos and presentations. Create an account using your school email address and apply for an educator account to get more privileges. 
Animoto Handout  
Animoto- RPS Student Example "The Dust Bowl" 

Audacity Handout

It's one thing to listen to music, and it's another to create it, edit it, or mix it. If you're interested in creating, editing, and mixing you'll want Audacity. This powerful, free, Open Source tool can record sound and music as well as edit it. This program is installed on all RPS systems (Make sure the Lame file is installed and connected in order to export to an .mp3.)

Capzles helps anyone create beautiful, interactive, rich-media timelines online using videos, photos, text, music, audio and most documents such as Microsoft Word.
Student Example

Class Tools
Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! 
"Fakebook" page example on Class Tools

Comic Creator
The Comic Creator invites children and teens to design their own comic strips. Their creations can be just for fun or as part of more structural learning activities: planning writing activities, before- and after-reading activities, and responding to books.This is a VERY basic comic creator, and comes out in black and white. It is easy to use. 

Digital Storytelling 
This site explores the educational uses of digital storytelling. It provides examples and recommendations for programs to use in the classroom. Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling.

Glogster EDU (***Note: It is better for teachers to create an account and request a code. That way students can create their accounts using that code. Elementary teachers can assign students to the class in order to create more private accounts.***) 
Glogster provides an environment to design interactive posters. The user inserts text, images, photos, audio, videos, special effects, and other elements into their glogs to generate a multimedia online creation. Posters can be shared with other users on the site, embedded in external wikis or blogs and can be exported and saved to computer-compatible formats.
Glogster Tutorial
Student Example 

Little Bird Tales
Little Bird Tales is a fun,unique way to create,record and share stories online. Kids can draw, use the integrated art pad, import photos and/or digital images, add text and record your voice to each page to create a truly one of a kind story.
Little Bird Tales Video Tutorial
Audio Recording Settings Tutorial

Meograph (Needs Chrome)
Meograph is an easy way to create multimedia stories.  You can quickly create stories about the news, history, travels, life events, and more by combining video, audio, pictures, text, links, maps, and timelines.

Multi-Media RPS Wiki
PhotoStory 3 
Bring photos to life with Photo Story 3 for Windows. Create a photo slideshow of a collection of pictures, and turn them into a digital story by adding audio recordings, special effects, soundtracks, titles, and captions. PhotoStory 3 is a program that is already downloaded and on school computers.  Read more: Photo Story 3 for Windows - CNET
PhotoStory3-SMART Notebook file
Photo Story 3 Tutorial

PicLits: Learn It

Podcasts & RSS Feeds

Popplet is a web-based mind mapping application that lets you visually collaborate with other Popplet users. It can collect documents, pictures, videos, and text, all in a nice an organized way.
Popplet Tutorial

Prezi is a online presentation tool for exploring and sharing ideas on a virtual “canvas” using text, images, videos, and other media. The program enables users to zoom in and out of their Prezi, and is a tool for both free-form brainstorming and structured presentation. 
Prezi Tutorial 
Student ExampleGetting and Using Energy in Biologoical Systems
Student Example- Flamingos
Student Example- Walk Two Moons

Product List
Explore over 160 project ideas for students to demonstrate knowledge of your content area.  These aren't technology based but technology tools certainly can be used to create them.

Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text. The word clouds can be formed into shapes. Keep in mind that you will need lots and lots of words to make one of these!!


Time Toast
Timetoast is a place to create and share timelines on the web. Images, text, and links can all be added.  You can create historical timelines, timeline of a story or one of your life. It's all up to you and your imagination.

Toon Doo 
Toondoo is an application with wonderful potential for teachers and learners. Toondoo offers a convenient platform for creating and sharing cartoons. To get started, you simply choose a single, double, or triple panel. You can import images, but Toondoo offers a wide range of characters, text bubbles, backgrounds, etc. These couldn’t be easier to select and apply. The site also provides an opportunity for the customization of avatars for the comics. Regardless of artistic ability, toondoo provides an outlet for great, colorful comic creation. You want to have students create accounts in advance, and not in the classroom, because the creation of multiple accounts can really slow the system down. 
Toon Doo Tutorial 

Voice Thread
Available both on the computer and as a free app, VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos.  It allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice, text, audio file, doodling (drawing) or video (via a webcam which many of our netbooks have). 
Voice Thread Handout
Voice Thread Student Example (The first few comments set up the purpose of this VoiceThread. Click on the four image icon in the bottom right next to the arrow to see all the pages at once. This gives you an idea of how much this program is capable of!) 
Student Example - (Ant Farm Analogy)

Web Tools
WebTools4U2Use will get you started with some good tools for your school library media center, but there is much more to learn and there are many places to learn online!

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Wordle--Saving your Wordle as an Image

X-treme Comics
X-treme Comics is an extremely flexible program that allows users to add backgrounds, props, characters and speech bubbles.  Users can change facial expressions and move each character at joint locations, making x-treme comics a very versatile program.