My 3rd grade students used ULEAD VideoStudio to produce digital stories. They used Macromedia Fireworks to create their illustrations (which was a bit difficult but once they got the hang of it, their creations were amazing). Once they recorded their audio of the story, it was easy to drop in their images, add transitions, sound effects, etc. Each student went home with a DVD copy of their digital story!
Our younger students, grades 2-4, finished writing and illustrating stories using http://tikatok.com. The books are stored online but can be purchased in paperback and hardback. We ordered a paperback for each author and will have an Author's Tea next week.
Jonathan--we did one project using Tikatok and now I've got an issue with them. Their new Terms and Conditions state that they now 'own' all the student work placed on their site. For the average project I really don't think this is an issue--but I have several students who are exceptional poets---I'd hate for them to publish on a site that 'steals' their work. When they are famous, I'd hate for them to have lost the rights to their 'early works'. Joking but serious. We've done some fun online stories using Storybird.
yes I think that copyrights is a big issue.
I am surprised that Tikatok has taken that approach. What right dothey have to own the material?
RealeWriter allows the authors to embed their own personal copyrights into the books themselves. I also like the fact that there are so many ways to "share" the books; email, print, and in digital online libraries. You don't have to "pay to play" as it were.
I have not heard of Storybird, but will check it out!