Thursday, October 23, 2008

Create Easy Animations

There is another Web 2.0 application that can help you create exciting animations by using an application called GoAnimate. Here is a sample I created in only a few minutes on my MacBook.

This is an easy application to learn and the instructional videos are very helpful. You can create some interesting introductions to lessons for classroom or online classes. Give it a try and see what you can create. As always, if we can help please call us.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Here is a great application that you can use to easily create an exciting slideshow? Using ANIMOTO can make you can look like a professional.

This is one of neatest Web 2.0 application I've seen, and once you've seen it I'm sure you'll agree! Take a look at this example I created for the 2009 NUTN Conference:

I made this by simply uploading images, selecting the music from the site and ANIMOTO did the rest. Here's the best part--it was FREE! And once your done you can share your video by posting it to Facebook, Blogger, MySpace, or any number of other online sites as well as YouTube.

You need to set up an account (it's free) and then start uploading JPG or GIF images. There are some size restrictions (images need to be less than 5MB) and the free slideshow is limited to 30 seconds, but you can look pretty creative in that time. If you want to create longer shows you need to sign up for an All-Access Pass. Sounds like a catch doesn't it, but it only costs $30.00 a year for unlimited videos of extended length. I really encourage you to take a look at this site. You can use slideshows to introduce content in your classes or for showing off your children. You can even have students create slideshows for class projects. There are lots of creative uses that you can find.

Here is an example of a movie that I created (another one for the NUTN Conference) using the All-Access Pass I purchased (yes, I sprung for the $30.00) and was able to download to my computer when I finished. It's the same length because that is how long the song is.

Friday, October 10, 2008

On Good Morning America today (Friday, October 10, 2008) they did a segment about cheating on tests.  There were some fairly creative ways students had posted on YouTube exposing the way they suggested to each other.  Here are a couple of links to those videos in case you would like to check them out for yourself: