CrazyTalk - Facial and 2D Animation Software
Talking-head Character Animation! CrazyTalk7 is the most popular facial animation tool that uses sound and text to vividly animate facial images. With this groundbreaking Auto Motion technology, you just need to import images, specify the facial feature points and record your own voice as it automatically generates lip-syncs to create 3D life-like, talking videos. CrazyTalk7 is a great match for beginners, students, educators and all users that need an easy-to-create solution with instant results.
Short Story Ideas and Creative Writing Prompts
Here are lots of short story ideas that you can use as writing prompts. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN online writing courses. You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. Any of these ideas can be used either humorously or dramatically... or you can try both. Have fun! Do you like this page?
Make Beliefs Comix For Educators
How to Play with MakeBeliefsComix.com How to Play: For Educators Click here to watch a video of students at City College, New York, talking about how MakeBeliefsComix.com helps them learn English.
Tutorials - Comic Creation with Google Tools
Here is an overview of the basic steps for making a single frame comic as a Google Drawing. It starts by showing how to import the image from a device using the Google Drive app. Instead of using Drawings, I usually just show how to build multiple frames in Slides now when I teach others about this process. The comic tools are the same, but the advantage is that the newly updated Slides app now lets you import directly into the presentation using only a couple taps: First, use a computer or the device to create a new Slides presentation.
Comics in the Classroom – Online Tools
There are many teachers who now use comic creation software or online tools in the classroom to inspire Literacy across the curriculum, or to empower pupils to create visual narratives, pictorial reports, how-to guides and more in a visually engaging way. They report that this process helps engage disaffected pupils to provide an immediacy of dialogue by developing visual literacy through the graphic novels style. Charles Thacker provides a good rationale of why to use comics in the classroom here: John Larkin provides examples of the use of comic creation tools in a classroom setting across the curriculum at:
#LaunchpadEDU - Playful Resources For Your Classroom
We use Toontastic to improve students’ reading comprehension by creating animated summaries of the stories they read. It helps them retell, paraphrase, and sequence key events while considering how a character’s point of view shapes narrative. They have a great time and take a lot of pride in seeing their drawings and voices come to life onscreen. To start the activity, we choose a familiar book as a class before dividing up into groups of two or three students. Using the Toontastic Story Design Worksheet, students break the story into three simple events. How did the story begin?
How to Write a Ghost Story - Picture the Dead — Ghost Posts
Having trouble coming up with a perfectly terrifying scenario? We’re here to help. Download a pdf of this writing exercise that we created for Don’t Forget To Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Secondary Grades.
Plant a Question, Grow Answers
Topic (required) Type the topic of your new AnswerGarden. This can be a question or a topic, such as: "What do you think of my website?"
Google Drive De-Mystified
Once you've gotten the lay of the land in Google Drive, go back to your practice documents and experiment with add-ons for Docs, Sheets, Forms and Drive. Add-ons are usually created by third-party developers to layer additional functionality onto Google Apps. There are also add-ons for Google Drive which you can access through your red Create button. Here are some recommendations to try: In Google Drive... VideoNot.esMovenote for EducationPear DeckPixlr EditorPowtoonVideo ConverterLucid Chart
Comics Lab Extreme
Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads
These 6th graders found a way to do some digital global storytelling with a green screen and their iPads. They also managed to bust Tellagami’s animated personas out of the tablet, sending them around the world with a little green-screen magic. At Edmunds Middle School, two classes of 6th graders embarked on a new form of storytelling: Tellagami-smash!