Media, Content Creation, and Presentation
Last updated November 05, 2020
This page lists and described a number of different tools that can be used to create content, media, and to present information. Some of these tools are available by virtue of having a morningside.edu account. With this account comes access to several applications through our Google accounts including Drive, Docs, Slides, and a personal YouTube channel for storage of video. Other tools are available if the instructor has a school-issued laptop computer including iAuthor, iMovie, Quicktime, and Garage Band.
VidGrid is the screen-recording, editing, uploading, and storing solution for instructors who want to create instructional videos. VidGrid has basic editing capabilities that most instructors need, but for those looking to add more advanced video-editing features, using iMovie or another editing program may be required. VidGrid allows instructors to incorporate chapters for easy video navigation, embed questions, and track views. The use of the guest recorder also allows instructors to have students use the VidGrid recorder to make their own videos which are then sent to and stored in the Instructor's VidGrid collection.
Resources to get started with VidGrid:
- Getting Started with VidGrid
- IT Help Documents
- Faculty Instructions for using the VidGrid Guest Recorder
- Student Instructions for using the VidGird Guest Recorder
A free online tool to create short movies and slide shows using images. The user chooses a theme and music, inserts images, video, and text, and the program creates a professional-looking slide show.
Create electronic books collaboratively with Book Creator. eBooks can integrate multi-media combining text, audio, video, and images to create creative works. Book Creator is collaborative and students and teachers can work across multiple devices. Free accounts allow instructors to have up to 40 books in their library.
Bubbli is a free program that allows users to 'paint' spherical pictures of the world around them. These pictures also capture sound. The result is an image where the end-user can 'look around.' This could be a useful tool for virtual tours or field trips to locations. Bubbli also has a social media element if users wish to share their bubbles with others around the world.
Canva is a platform for graphic design. It provides an easy way to create professional-looking documents that incorporate images and other design elements.
Less of a singular tool and more of an approach to creating content. Digital stories are stories created with multimedia. This links to a web resource provided by one of the pioneers of this instructional strategy.
elink.io allows you to easily provide a beautifully designed electronic document of curated material. These documents can be shared as an electronic newsletter, single web-page, or social media post.
Explain Everything is at its root an interactive whiteboard app, but it can do so much more. It can be a useful medium for building tutorial videos for distance learning or flipped classes. It can be a tool for students to record their own progress working through a math problem. It can be a means of recording live whiteboard writing/drawing for later viewing. Explain Everything is best used on an iPad, but there are also Windows versions that might allow for content building on a laptop with touch screen capabilities.
Create books, magazines, catalogs that have 'flipping' pages. Can take a PDF and convert into a flipbook, or download a program to the computer to design the flipbook. Allows for links, audio, video, animation, and other multimedia.
Garage band is an audio recording and editing software available to Mac and iOS devices. If you plan to create podcasts or wish to create your own original music, Garage Band has features that allow you to capture, edit, and convert your files into an audio file.
A part of your Morningside Google account, all morningside.edu users have access to Google Docs. Google Docs provides basically the same word processing power as Word or Pages, but has the additional ability to share the documents and work collaboratively with others. Google docs can be shared privately or publicly. Revision histories are automatically created and the user has the ability to revert back to an earlier version.
A part of your Morningside Google account, all morningside.edu users have access to Google Slides. Google Slides provides basically the same presentation creation power as PowerPoint or Keynote, but has the additional ability to share the slides and work collaboratively with others. Google slides can be shared privately or publicly. Revision histories are automatically created and the user has the ability to revert back to an earlier version. Gives the ability to present your slides using any web-enabled device.
Haiku Deck is another alternative to PowerPoint for creating slide show presentations. Noted for its stripped-down nature and simplicity, Haiku deck offers a number of pre-created templates and access to Creative Common images. Good to use if you do not mind automatic formatting and would like to use image-heavy slides.
iMovie is a free program for Mac users. It is a video editing software that makes cutting, splicing, and creating simple transitions easy to do. Video files can be easily imported into iMovie for manipulation and then exported into a variety of video file formats for sharing.
iBooks Author is a program free on the Mac platform and allows for users to create interactive content. This can be a full-length book or can be a type of lesson creator. iBooks Author provides an easy interface for adding in interactive content and automatic reformatting when moving content around. A limitation is that the end-user (person reading the content) must have the ability to read an iBooks format (only available on Apple products).
Free Chrome or Firefox extension to your browser. Allows instructors to augment webpages by inserting things like sticky notes, discussion, or questions. These can be grades and assigned points. Instructors create a 'class' which students must be enrolled in through this tool. Can make online and web-based reading more interactive.
LiveBinders is an electronic portfolio tool that can be used to store digital artifacts and to share with others. This tool could be used in creating a career portfolio or a way to create a digital book to share.
If you are interested in creating videos for your class and you need to write or draw on a board, we have a lightboard and studio space available for faculty. This link provides you a demo of what the lightboard can do and how to use it. Contact Kim Christopherson to reserve studio time.
- Instructions on how to use Lightboard equipment
- Instructions on how to use your smartphone to start/stop camcorder
Create online timelines that incorporate text and media. Can be used to create traditional historical timelines or to create a project timeline.
Wakelet is a free program that allows users to import any form of web-based information (videos, tweets, articles, etc) into a nicely designed page and that be organized in any way. This program can be used to present electronic portfolios of information, tell a story, or organize research information.
Video editing software for Windows operating systems. Movie Maker allows users to cut, splice, and create videos.
Nearpod is a lesson builder for creating interactive lessons. It has its highest potential in classrooms where students have tablets, Nearpod can be viewed and interacted in all platforms and devices. Lessons can be delivered 'live' or as self-paced homework. Lessons consist of a number of slides. Slides can have text, video, or PowerPoint slides imported. Interactive slides can have multiple choice questions, quizzes, drawing, or open ended text. Features include the ability for teachers to share student responses anonymously to show common misunderstandings or ideal responses
Prezi is yet another slideshow presentation type of tool. Instead of individual slides, however, Prezi works on the idea of movement around a single canvas. Useful for presentations where a big picture of the material is important. Can be potentially distracting if too much movement is built into the slide.
Quicktime is a program installed on Mac computers that works both as a media player and video/audio recorder. Quicktime can record from the webcam or can create screencasts. Simple video editing (splitting clips, deleting segments) can be done using this program.
A free screencasting software that allows users to record from their webcam, from their screen, or both (allowing you to have a small video of yourself playing while showing a video of your screen). There is both a free and a pro version. The free version allows for up to 15-minute videos to be recorded and has a feature that can upload videos directly to YouTube. The pro version allows for longer recordings and additionally has some editing features as well. The 'scripted recordings' feature in the pro version allows for the creation of captions for your videos.
SuomoPaint is a free web-based program for photoshopping images. Most basic photoshopping tools are available using this tool.
A free online infographic maker. Allows users to easily create attractive infographics, flyers, posters, and brochures