Project Tools List

ENG 4 - "The Arrival" Book Trailer (Spring 2014)

Select a tool to use for your presentation

There are hundreds of online presentation tools out there. This is a list of just a few that we have found to be the most useful in an educational environment.


Things to consider when selecting a presentation tool:


  • What type of information are you presenting? (numerical data, opinions, storytelling, etc.)
  • How will this be viewed by the audience? (Are you presenting face-to-face with a room of people? Are they viewing this online?)
  • What is the mood of your presentation? (serious, funny, etc.)
  • Who is your Audience?



Now, explore the presentation tools below that best matches with the answers to the questions above.


[*Reminder:
Students may not post your First and Last Names together online. Please include either first name and last initial or first initial and last name.]

Planning Idea

Before you get started, you should storyboard and plan out what you're creating. You can write an outline, a script, or create a storyboard that gives you a visual idea of what you think your project should look like.


Consider using Storyboardthat.com/ to make your storyboard and plan your project!

**When you are ready to submit you project:

Be sure to find & copy the URL for your project.


Paste that URL into this Google Form to submit your project to your teacher --


https://docs.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/forms/d/1DmaFFTLcpE1JO1xZco3-sJ44gBKiCwpkIZDE2eeXhbY/viewform

Video Creation Tools

Animoto

http://animoto.com/


  • Example: BYOD Presentation for Teachers
  • Pros: Easy to use, but you still have choices for themes, music, etc. Include your own pictures or silent videos, then Animoto combines them all into one video for you.
  • Cons: Only 30 seconds of video for the Free version. Text boxes only hold about 50 characters on each line. Consider typing longer text in a PowerPoint slide, save the slide as a .jpg file & upload that file to Animoto.
  • Sign Up: Create a Free account -- https://animoto.com/sign_up
  • Adding Contributors: Cannot be done. Single user only.
  • Apps: Good, easy to use apps available on iTunes and Android devices.
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.

PhotoPeach

http://photopeach.com/


With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. They also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further. (Similar to PhotoStory and Animoto.)


  • Pros: Easy to use, but you still have choices for music, captions, etc. Include your own pictures then PhotoPeach combines them all into one video for you.
  • Cons: Only 30 pictures allowed for the Free version.
  • Sign Up: Create a Free account -- http://photopeach.com/account/signup
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.

PhotoStory 3

(Software installed on every FISD Student Computer)


  • Example: "Chilling Out With Tango" (elementary), "Immigration - History Project" (secondary)
  • Pros: Easy to use. Step-by-step walk through instructions. Include your own pictures, music, and narration. Unlimited time length.
  • Cons: Project saved as a PhotoStory file, either on a flashdrive or H:// drive. Must have PhotoStory software to work on project.
  • Sign Up: None
  • Adding Contributors: Cannot be done. Single user only.
  • Apps: None. Must use software on computer.
  • How to Submit: You can upload it to your FISD Youtube Channel, or email the video file, or save the video file to the StudentWork folder on the Shared Drive.


*For more instruction on using PhotoStory, visit https://www.smore.com/bptu4

WeVideo (online video editing)

http://www.wevideo.com/


WeVideo is an online video editing website that allows you to edit & create your video from home. Similar to iMovie and MovieMaker, you can create a video using themes, while having the freedom to edit and move video clips, transitions, graphics and sounds. Great for creating commercials.


*** If you choose to create a video, you must understand that all recording and editing should happen OUTSIDE of class. You must provide your own equipment.***



  • Pros: Work from home! Include your own pictures or videos. Freedom to edit and create video as you'd like it. Three levels of use for Beginning editors through Advanced editors. Pull video clips from Google Drive.
  • Cons: Only allowed to export 15 minutes of video per month to outside sources (Youtube, Google Drive, etc.), but no limits if videos stay in WeVideo. Website can sometimes be confusing to work through.
  • Sign Up: Click "Sign up with Google Account" to create a Free WeVideo account using your FISD Google account-- Signup page is here
  • Adding Contributors: You can add only 4 other people to edit your video. Users cannot edit at the same time.
  • Apps: App available in iTunes and Android for uploading videos from your device to your WeVideo account. Editing must still be done online.
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.



All files are stored on the WeVideo website.

Animation Tools

Powtoon (animation)

http://www.powtoon.com/


Use PowToon to create explanatory videos through a simple drag and drop process. PowToon provides drawings of people and objects that you can arrange on blank canvas. After adding your narration to the arrangement you can publish your video.


  • Pros: Work from home! Use characters to tell your story. Share from Powtoon website or Youtube.
  • Cons: Only allowed to create Powtoons of up to 5 minutes long. Website can sometimes be confusing to work through.
  • Sign Up: Click on the green "Sign up for a Free Account now" button. Click "Login with Google" and use your FISD Google account-- http://www.powtoon.com/account/signup/
  • How to Submit: Submit the unique URL for your published video.

GoAnimate & DomoAnimate

GoAnimate -- http://goanimate.com/

DomoAnimate -- http://domo.goanimate.com/


Go Animate is a feature rich free animated movie maker. On Go Animate users can create animated movies by selected from a wide selection of customizable pre-made elements. Users can also upload their own elements like pictures or drawn images to use in their animated movies. Each frame of the animated movie can have many layers and timings. The movies that Go Animate users create can be shared in a variety of ways including email and embedding.


DomoAnimate creates movies in the same way, but you have access to a new library of domo characters and settings!


  • Example: A short DomoAnimate tutorial
  • Pros: Pretty easy to create, move and edit; Easy to share with others. Type the characters' script and control their movements, then see your movie come to life.
  • Cons: Can get bogged down and run slow. No collaboration / single user. Limited video length.
  • Sign Up: Click on "sign up". Click on the Google icon. Enter/select your FISD Google account. Check your email and verify your account.
    *Free GoAnimate account -- http://goanimate.com/plusfeatures
    *Free DomoAnimate account -- Click on "sign up" in top right corner.
  • Submitting Link: Copy the video's unique URL and submit that link.

Digital Films (animation)

http://digitalfilms.com/index.php


Digital Films is very similar to GoAnimate. It enables students to create animated movies (no narration) just by typing the dialogue then dragging and dropping characters and set elements into the movies.


  • Example: Digital Films examples
  • Pros: Pretty easy to create, move and edit. Very limited but simple controls. Type the characters' script and control their movements, then see your movie come to life. Easy to share with others.
  • Cons: No audio narration, just text on screen. All videos are public. No collaboration / single user. Advertisements all over the website. Flash required (not available on iOS devices.)
  • Sign Up: Use your FISD Google email when signing up for your Free account -- http://digitalfilms.com/index.php?act=3
  • Submitting Link: Copy the video's unique URL and submit that link.

Presentation Tools

SlideRocket

Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account (click on "More" in the black bar at the top of the page after you've logged into your Google Drive account)


  • Examples: Rumblefish example, Stonehenge example
  • Pros: Looks pretty cool. The creation / editing area is similar to Powerpoint. Be sure to adjust timings for objects for movement & effect.
  • Cons: Only one person can edit at a time; Sometimes the animations and fancy stuff is too distracting.
  • Sign Up: Internet Explorer. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “More”, then “SlideRocket”.
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the information about the SlideRocket you create, click “Collaborate” then add group members by their FISD email address. Only one contributor can edit at a time.
  • SlideRocket - How to Submit the Project URL

Prezi

http://prezi.com


  • Examples: Prezi Example, Google Search Beyond the First Page.
  • Pros: Looks super cool; Everyone with rights can edit at the same time
  • Cons: Need to be tech savvy
  • Sign Up: Make sure and get the FREE Edu Enjoy account: http://prezi.com/pricing/edu/.
  • Adding Contributors: To add editors, when editing your Prezi, click on the "Save and Exit" icon (like a door with an arrow) in the top right corner. On the next screen click "Share" then "Editing" and "Email". Enter the email addresses for your group members. Each member will need to create an Edu Enjoy Prezi account with their FISD email address.
  • Prezi - How to Submit the Project URL

Google Presentation

Signin as part of your FISD Google Apps account -- https://www.google.com/a/k12.friscoisd.org/


  • Pros: Easy to create and edit; multiple people can edit together.
  • Cons: Very basic.
  • Sign Up: Use Google Chrome. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “Drive” then click the red “Create” button on the left and select "Presentation".
  • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the drawing, click the blue “share” button. You can choose from contacts if you have them loaded or type their FISD email address.
  • Google - How to Submit the Project URL

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