Tool Cool For School

Digital media tools to engage your students

Kelli Touchstone, CJE

What are you going to learn this session?

  • alternative, visual storytelling tools
  • infographic makers
  • social media research and storytelling tools
  • smartphone photo/video apps
  • Collaboration/organization tools for projects

ASNE Reynold's Institute UT Austin Crew

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Infographic makers

What's an infographic?

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends.

What is Periscope?

  • From the Twitter team
  • Live broadcast anything from your cell phone.
  • Save a copy
  • Privacy settings

Apps to improve cell phone videography

Cinema FV5 - Android

Videolicious - Apple

More Visual Storytelling Tools...


Curate posts from others on social media to create your own story about a topic.

Storytelling with Google Maps

Whether you're highlighting shelter locations during a flood or setting the scene in a broadcast story, a map can be a great vehicle to share information with your audience. Use this site to help you get started with Google's mapping tools—from interactive web maps to HD Google Earth animations for television.

Project Collaboration/organization Tools


Make boards, lists, tasks and share with others. For desktop and mobile. Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone. Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.