"Social Needs" project

English 2

STEP 4: Create Multimedia Item

You will need to promote your organization. This could be an Animoto presentation, a commercial ad, a magazine/newspaper ad, a brochure, a flyer, a wiki, a blog, etc. If you have a question about your “media idea,” see your teacher. Remember, your job is to persuade your audience that your cause is the most just, the most courageous, and the best served.


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:


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

*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 -- http://bit.ly/13xcYaD

Presentation Tools

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

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

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

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.


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.

XtraNormal (animation)

http://www.xtranormal.com/


Xtra Normal is very similar to GoAnimate, but the characters and settings are more "real life". It enables students to create animated, narrated movies just by typing the dialogue then dragging and dropping characters and set elements into the movies.


  • Example: Xtranormal examples
  • 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: Characters, settings, etc cost "Xtranormal Points" (XP). New users are given 400 XP. Once you "purchase" an item, you can reuse it in later movies. More Info is found here. Site can get bogged down and run slow. No collaboration / single user. Limited video length.
  • Sign Up: Use your FISD Google email when signing up for your Free XtraNormal account -- http://www.xtranormal.com/pricing
  • Submitting Link: Copy the video's unique URL and submit that link.


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.


  • Example: Facebook Statistics
  • 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.


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.

Brochures / Flyers and Wiki / Blog Tools

Google Drawing

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


  • Example: FISD Google Drive & Email Instructions for Graduating Seniors
  • 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 "Drawing".
  • 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

Smore

https://www.smore.com/


Smore.com is an online flyer creator that provides easy-to-use templates and design options to help users create attractive and professional-looking flyers. You can add pictures, link to websites, or embed videos and calendar events.


  • Examples: This flyer is from Smore!
  • Pros: Very easy to create, move and edit each part of the flyer; Easy to share with others.
  • Cons: Limited design choices.
  • Sign Up: Click "Sign Up for Free" button on top-right. Use your FISD Google email when signing up for your Free Smore.com account.
  • Submitting Link: After you have Published your flyer, a unique URL is available at the bottom of the right sidebar.

  • Google Site

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


    • Pros: Very easy to create and edit; Easy to make multiple pages to share information, pictures, videos, etc.
    • Cons: Only one person can edit each page at a time
    • Sign Up: Google Chrome. Log in to your FISD Google Apps account. On the top black bar click “Sites” then “New Site” or select from the list.
    • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, when viewing the main page, click the blue “share” button. You can choose from contacts if you have them loaded or type their FISD email address. Only one person can edit each page at a time.
    • Google - Submitting URL


    Linoit (online sticky note bulletin board)

    http://en.linoit.com


    • Pros: Very easy to create, move and edit; Easy to share with others. Insert text, images, videos.
    • Cons: If a sticky is deleted on accident it must be immediately restored by clicking "undo" on top or it will not be able to be restored.
    • Sign Up: Click on "sign up". Click on the Google icon. Enter/select your FISD Google account. Check your email and verify your account.
    • Adding Contributors: To add collaborators, one person in the group needs to create a new group. From your Home Page click "Create a new group>>" on the right. Name the Group. Change to "By Invitation Only". Click "Create Group". Enter group member's email addresses to invite them. Once the group is created you can create a canvas to share with the group.
    • Submitting Link: Open canvas. In the brown sticky in the top right corner, click the Info (i) icon. Copy the URL from the "URL" box. That is the URL you will submit to your teacher either through email or through a form.
    • Apps: There is an iTunes app and a Google Play app. The site is NOT flash based so it can be edited on iDevices directly though they recommend using the app.


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