Here are a few of the tools I’ve experimented with personally, or have seen well used during my INF533 Literature in Digital Environments course at CSU (if you’re looking for a great course to upskill yourself, I can thoroughly recommend it – you can take it as a single course “just for fun” and it is fun).
Creativist is an example of “scrollitelling”. It’s a really low-barrier tool where you can combine pictures and video with a story. The free version limits the size of your files (150 MB). DW Academie gives a rather nice guide here which is worth reading through before you try.
Inklewriter by Inklestudios is a platform for interactive choice based stories. It is really easy to get started on and in its simplest version one can just add text. Photos can be added relatively easily but there is no video option, which is a pity. I can see great possibilities for use with students who are exploring options for example of subject choice or university or study choices – they could explore options and alternatives in a “safe” and personal environment imagining “what if…”
Popcorn Webmaker by Mozilla is another easy “plug and play” tool. It uses some of the basic conventions of video editing with various layers (sound, video, picture) and allows one to embed elements in a story. One of the interesting variations on this is that the interactive element allows the audience to remix the original and make their own stories.
- Kathy Shrok
- Joyce Valenza
- Submarine Channel
- 50 ways
- 9 Tools for Journalists (some very good tools)