What it does, is enable you to upload a photograph and then create a story around it.
It then converts this story into a small video report. Here's an example I created called 'How my past caught up with me.' (You'll have to watch a short advertisement first)
Example: Click here if the video doesn't play
How to use it with students
- Create a video about yourself or a fictional character and ask your students to watch it and make notes about your life story.
- Get your students to create their own stories then put them in pairs to listen to each others' story and make notes of the variations / differences.
- Use it as a prompt for students to write a newspaper story. You could get the students to watch the video clip and then convert the story into a newspaper clipping. You could add some realism to this by asking your students to use the Newspaper clip generator from one of my previous postings (Animated EFL ESL Writing Prompts)
- Ask students if they can think of any real celebrities whose story is similar to this. Get them to tell the class or write the story of a similar celebrity.
- Discuss the use of 'viral marketing' sites like these as advertising.
- Do they think it's useful?
- Do they know of other viral marketing examples?
- Does it have an influence on their impressions of the company / product?
What I like about it
- It can really personalise the lesson and materials
- It's fun and free (despite the advertising)
- It's easy to use
- Great stimulation for the imagination
- It has an embed code so you can embed the video into a blog or wiki
- Shame about the advertising, but I guess everyone has to make a living
- If you email it to someone the default is to accept promotions of the company's products (I deselected it)
- Sometimes the embed code doesn't work so well but can be improved with a bit of code editing.
- Animated EFL ESL Writing Prompts
- Create an English Cartoon
- Animating vocabulary
- Make you own animated movies
- Picture phrases