In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:
Chalkmotion is an intriguing free tool that lets you either draw or choose “hand-drawn” illustrations to use in a slideshow (you can also add text). The intriguing part comes in when you publish your show – instead of just showing the images, it shows the the process of actually drawing them, too. It can be a little annoying because of the time involved, but also sort of fun. As you can see from the simple one I created, I could see ELLs using it for vocabulary reinforcement. I’m not ready to put it on any “Best” list, but it’s worth a look. Thanks to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for the tip.
I’ve previously posted about how much I like My Simple Show (see Wow – “My Simple Show” Is An Extraordinary Tool For Creating Free Video “Explainers”). They have recently added the ability to upload PowerPoints to the site and they then turn it into a “video explainer.” I think it will be a great addition. However, I have to say I was a little frustrated by the size limitations they have right now. I’m sure they’ll expand it in the future. If you’ve got a very short slideshow, it’s worth trying out. But if you have a typical size show, I think you’ll end up being frustrated. Of course, you can’t beat the price 🙂
Richard Byrne just posted about a new free and easy tool for creating a free comic – without having to even register. Read Richard’s post and check out ToonyTool. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.