Primary Access is a wonderful site with nice, student friendly tools for digital storytelling. I am adding this to my "Write On! Kids" LiveBinder. You do need to make a quick account but everything is free. Students will love using the tools from Primary Access to create their stories.
From the site: PrimaryAccess is a suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools.
They have three tools for students to use…
- MovieMaker: enables you to combine text, audio and images into compelling personal narratives and digital stories, with a simple movie-making process. Steps like scripting, recording and saving are entirely Web-based—no software to install—and the movies are easy to retrieve and share.
- StoryBoard: enables you to create comic strips and slideshows by combining images, thought bubbles, props and actors. All steps are entirely Web-based—no software to install—and the comics are easy to publish and share.
- Rebus: makes it easy to create a Rebus using primary source documents. A Rebus (Latin for ’by things”) is a written story that uses pictures as parts of the text. PrimaryAccess Rebus encourages students to explore primary sources by creating crops of those sources and using them to tell a story.
*Make sure you also check out the Tools for Teachers where you can set up activities for your students and manage your classes and projects.
This find via @KellyBrannock. Follow her on Twitter. Lots of good resources.