26 November 2008

Got Help?

This post was originally written for our private website with GoogleSites. The AP World History students visited the San Francisco Ferry Building and the Asian Art Museum. They had assignments to complete for both visits that required them to discuss their visit using visuals they had gathered during the day. I realized there were a plethora of resources the students could use, so I thought I would post the information here too.

Got Help?
Why, yes you do. Use these links to put together your video or other presentation. They are generally free for basic accounts. You don't need to sign up for anything more.

For those of you with PCs, your machine came with Windows Movie Maker. It's a great little program in which you can use stills and video in the same presentation. Lots of great transitions and effects too if you want to get fancy.

You can also use PhotoStory for this assignment. This program is a free download from Microsoft (they used to charge for it). It uses your still photos, but you can easily add narration and a soundtrack. It will even create a soundtrack for you if you tell it what kind you want! This program also has cool transitions if you want to get fancy.

If you have a Mac, then you have iMovie which is probably one of the best programs out there. It also takes stills and videos in the same presentation.

Want to make a cool presentation, but you don't want to download any software and you don't have PowerPoint? Okay, you could use GoogleDocs Presentation tool. It's nothing fancy, but it does the job and it's free. All you need is a Google account. Go to google.com and sign up for an account.

But wait, there's more...yes, you could use something like SlideRocket, a new presentation builder from a company in San Francisco. They are really new. SlideRocket does some cool stuff, but you are limited on space and I don't think you can download through the free account. It seems to work with both Mac and PC.

Want to try out Animoto? It's really a lot of fun and super easy. It only takes still photos as this point, but you can now add titles and captions. The free account only allows you to make a 30 second video, BUT if you want to make a longer one you need to follow these steps BEFORE signing up at Animoto:

  1. decide you want to use Animoto for your project
  2. DO NOT sign up on Animoto
  3. EMAIL Ms. Wojo for the sign up code. She is at natalie.wojinski@gmail.com
  4. INCLUDE your full name in your email to Ms. Wojo because she doesn't want to give out the code to just any Joe Student.
  5. Once you get the email from Ms. Wojo click on the sign up code and follow the instructions.
  6. NOW you are SIGNED UP for Animoto!
Want really simple? Try Posterous. Just upload your photos or videos there. In a jiffy.

Just want to go Old School and upload your photos to a photo sharing site? Both Picasa and Flickr allow you to post photos and add captions. By the way, Picasa is owned by Google and Flickr is owned by Yahoo. Both work pretty much the same way and require either a google account or a yahoo account. Flickr seems to have a paid service for some features, but I'm not sure exactly what they are charging for. Flickr does allow you to create slide shows with the click of a button. There are two types of Picasa. The first, mentioned above, is on the web. You can also download Picasa, the computer based program. The new version (3.0 Beta) allows you to create videos from your photos and post them to the web.

Once you're done, don't forget to email (if it's PowerPoint) your presentation to us. If you've made a video, upload it to YouTube or GoogleVideo and send us the link!