A narrated image project includes a photo, drawing or collage, shared with accompanying audio narration.
- Create an account on a free web service listed under “tools” below.
- If you have a mobile device, download and install the app for the service you’re using.
- If you’re using a desktop or laptop computer, obtain and test a microphone if you don’t have a built-in mic.
- Test the website and the narrated slideshow PUBLISHING process in the location / on the network you will use with students.
- Login to your app or website.
- Click record and record your audio narration.
- Take a photo of your art or select an existing image from your photo library.
- Enter the meta data (title, description, etc) for each episode.
- Click upload.
The following table compares seven FREE websites/apps for creating narrated art projects. (Last updated 25 February 2015. The March 2013 version is also available.) *
|Tool||Browser based||Free hosting||iOS app||Android app||Multiple photos||Accepts audio uploads||Video export||Can phonecast||Limits w free account||Pro accounts available|
|Voice Record Pro||N||n/a||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||Must post to another site like YouTube||n/a|
|Shadow Puppet EDU||N||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||N||Use up to 100 items per video and record up to 30 minutes||N|
|iPadio||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||Y||Recordings up to 60 minutes||N|
|AudioBoom||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||Recordings up to 3 minutes||Y|
|SoundCloud||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N||N||3 hours of total recordings||Y|
|VoiceThread||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||N (only Pro)||N (only Pro)||Y||Limits: 5 VoiceThreads, 75 MB total storage, 50 slides per VoiceThread||Y|
|YAKiT Kids||N||N||Y||N||N||N||Y||N||Exports to photo roll or other apps as videos||n/a|
TUTORIALS & VIDEOS
- Musical Tutorial of AudioBoo (1 min, 9 sec by @fuglefun)
- Video Tutorial: How to Use AudioBoo on the iPad (5 min, 41 sec)
- Video Tutorial: Create Multiple Audioboo Channels with the Same Gmail Address (5 min, 58 sec)
- Video Tutorial: How to Embed an AudioBoo on a KidBlog Post (3 min, 37 sec)
- Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art
- Great post making the case for narrated art: “A Lesson in Asking the Right Questions” by Peg Keiner
Offline now: Student-Created Sequoyah Book Reports, AudioBoo, iPads and QR Codes (4 min, 11 sec, embedded above)
STUDENT EXAMPLES WITH ART OR DRAWINGS
- Name Art by Rachel (3rd grade – AudioBoom – YouTube screencast version)
- Hyperbola Equation and Graph (9th grade – Narrable – YouTube screencast version) – original narrable version is offline
- Horses Boo (5th grade – AudioBoom
- Discussing Oak Ridge Glogster Project (8th grade – SoundCloud – YouTube screencast version)
- Kindergarten Book Review (AudioBoom)
- Ella on Vampire Bats (3rd grade – AudioBoom – more background on this archived post)
- Emily’s Narrative Art (AudioBoo)
- Austin’s Alien Gingerbread Story (2nd grade – AudioBoo)
STUDENT EXAMPLES WITH PHOTOS
- Flamingos at the Zoo (2nd grade – AudioBoo)
- US Arizona Impressions (Kindergarten – AudioBoom)
- Student-Created Sequoyah Book Reports, AudioBoo, iPads and QR Codes (4th / 5th grade – video is now offline)
- How Can Someone Hack Your Website in a Coffee Shop? (live art screencast – Ask3 for iPad)
- The Flipped Classroom as a Vehicle to the Future (time-lapse video – Camtasia Studio)
- Storychasing Philmont 2012 (with photos – AudioBoo)
THE NEXT LEVEL
Narrated Art Video: The Flipped Classroom as a Vehicle to the Future (YouTube)
Narrated Art eBook Single ($2.99)
Narrated Art Projects: Draw a picture or take a picture, and then record your voice with a website or app which shares your recording with your image. Narrated Art Projects provide excellent opportunities to practice meta-cognition, use nonlinguistic representation to boost student achievement, and improve oral communication skills. In this workshop we’ll view and discuss examples of student-created narrated art, and also create examples together in the session. Websites like AudioBoo and SoundCloud offer cloud-based audio recording and sharing using free smartphone applications as well as browser-based interfaces. Apps like ShowMe and Draw & Tell for iPad can streamline the creation and sharing of narrated art. Learn how narrated art projects can become important elements in students’ digital portfolios.
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