Students love to tell stories. Students love to create stories. There are loads of great Android apps that allow students to capture images and video and do things like make movies, annotate what they capture, and add in their voice.
Check out these great apps that allow students to create stories on the go:
With the built-in front facing and rear facing cameras on your Xperia tablet, students are able to easily capture pictures of their world around them. What Skitch allows you to do (this app is created by Evernote) is annotate the images that are captured on the tablet. You can use an image previously taken, take a new picture right from within the app, use an image that was clipped from the web, or just start with some blank white space.
There are a nice variety of tools available (text, pens, shapes, arrows, etc.) that give students lots of creative freedom to tell a story around a single image.
If you’re already an Evernote user, your images that you create in Skitch can be easily synced up to your Evernote account.
I’m not going to write much about this particular movie-making app, because my fellow Sony Ambassador and all around awesome guy Rushton Hurley already did! If you click the link above it will take you right to Rushton’s post.
A great advantage to using this app for students to create stories, is that it’s native to your Android tablet. Meaning, it’s already on there when you take it out of the box. The app allows students to bring together video, still images, and audio to turn out a nice looking movie.
Epic Movie FX
If you haven’t heard of this app then get ready to have some fun! This is definitely one of those apps where you’ll see adults having just as much fun as your students will. So what this app allows you to do is record your subject or scene, then in post-recording you can bring in some really fun, high-action special effects such as a tornado or an attack of incoming missiles.
This app is fun and students will certainly have fun incorporating the cool special effects into their story; or taking video created in this app over into the Movie Studio app to add it in with additional video footage. I would also like to point out that with an app like that it’s important to have conversation with your students about only using an app like this if it fits appropriately with your story. Remember the first time you showed your students how to do animations in PowerPoint? What happened? They probably REALLY overdid it with the animations! Well the same could happen with this app. So proper story planning is definitely something to remember to have your students take into account.
Sometimes to tell a story all you need are some images and some text. Don’t forget that one of the tools you have in your Google Drive app is the ability to create a Google Presentation, which have now been renamed Google Slides. Students can build a basic slide deck using images they have in Google Drive or images they capture from their tablet’s native camera app.
Here are some other apps to check out that offer an all-in-one solution for creating digital stories on your Android tablet. These apps allow for adding effects, titles, and soundtracks to your video production.
All of these apps are free in the Google Play store and are all compatible with the Xperia tablet. Have fun telling stories with your tablet!