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Narrated Slideshows and Screencasts with the iPad

Workshop Description:

Narrated Slideshows include still images with accompanying audio narration, and may also include annotations which make the videos into screencasts. In this workshop, participants will learn to use the free iPad app EduCreations to create narrated slideshows/screencasts, as well as the commercial (and much more flexible/powerful) iPad app Explain Everything. Participants will also learn to use the free YouTube Capture app for iPad to upload videos to a professional YouTube channel.

From Storychasers - iPad Digital Storytelling


Framework and Examples


  1. A Tour of Club Penguin (Example by 9 year old Rachel, recorded with Screenflow on a laptop)
  2. 60 Minutes Features Khan Academy (March 2012) - Least Common Multiple on KhanAcademy.org
  3. Probability by Ben and Jerry on Mathtrain.tv
  4. How to Measure Liquid on Amy Loeffelholz' ShowMe Channel
  5. Ejyafjallajokull: Our 6th Grace Science Volcano Project
View student media projects as a continuum: 5 photo stories - narrated slideshows / screencasts - digital storytelling

Think of the media products we'll create this week as WINDOWS into student learning.

School by erix!, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  erix! 

The following comparison table of apps and websites for creating narrated slideshows / screencasts is available on Mapping Media to the Common Core.

Activity 1: Favorite CREATIVE Classroom Project

  1. Discuss one of your favorite CREATIVE classroom projects
  2. If you have not already, create a new account on the the EduCreations (free) app.
  3. Sign up for our class using this link or the following code: B21DA5 (the QR code below takes you to the link)
  4. Create a title slide for your narrated slideshow.
  5. Draw at least 2 different pictures (on 2 different slides) representing the project within EduCreations.
  6. Create a 60 second (or less) narrated slideshow describing why this is both a FAVORITE and a CREATIVE classroom project idea. Be sure to narrate each of your slides.
  7. Share your project back with our class by emailing the link to your project to: wfryer.media@blogger.com
  8. View others' projects (and yours) on http://workshopmedia.blogspot.com

If you are already familiar with the EduCreations App, consider trying another "hosted" app for this assignment like:
  1. Show Me
  2. Ask3 (free - compared on Narrated Art page)

TIP: Generally it is NOT recommended to share account credentials with students for a shared class account, on the showme.com website or anywhere else. As discussed in our workshop, if you are using a shared account it's best to enter the account credentials on iPads FIRST so students do not have the login userid and password. If you do share login credentials with a class, consider changing the password afterwards.

Our ShowMe channel for today's workshop is www.showme.com/ipadmediacamp

Activity 2 Visual Charades

Part 1: Story in 5 Photos

  1. Create storyboard of fairy tale in 5 photos. (See "Story in 5 Photos" on Mapping Media to the Common Core for more information and links!)
  2. Take your 5 Photos.
  3. Email all 5 Photo to: wfryer.media@blogger.comIn the subject line of your email use your group's name & "mystery fairy tale." Example: "Mystery Fairy Tale from The Cars"
  4. View others' projects (and yours) on http://workshopmedia.blogspot.com

Part 2: Narrate Your Story

  1. Narrate Your Slideshow with Explain Everything
  2. Export your finished slideshow to your Photo Roll.
  3. Use the YouTube Capture app to upload your finished video to your YouTube channel.
  4. After uploading, email the link to wfryer.media@blogger.com.
  5. In the subject line of your email use your group's name & "mystery fairy tale." Example: "Mystery Fairy Tale from The Cars"

All our 5 Photo Stories will show up on http://workshopmedia.blogspot.com

View other 5 photo story examples on 5photostories.blogspot.com.

Afternoon Bonus Tasks:

  1. Set up a YouTube account if you don't already have one.
  2. Upload a video you create with Explain Everything to your YouTube channel.
  3. Download Haiku Deck (free)
  4. Play with the app / create some presentations and report back to the class on what you learn!

Other Resources:

  1. Dropcards download link for Mapping Media
  2. Copyright chapter from Playing with Media
  3. iRig Microphone
  4. Photo Sharing Apps
    1. Instashare (free for photos & videos)
    2. Image Transfer (free for photos, video transfer costs $)
    3. PhotoSync ($2 for photos & videos)

This curriculum is adapted with permission from Day 1 of iPad Media Camp (July 2013).