What it is: Xtranormal Text-to-Movie is another outstanding site that I learned about from @danreeve on Twitter. This site lets students create and direct their own animated movies. Students can choose a set, actors, and music for their videos. Xtranormal allows students a huge amount of control of exactly how their movie will look, they can choose camera angles, animations, expressions, looks, points, and sounds. The site is very intuative and user friendly for students in third grade (with a little guidance) and up. I was able to create a movie without reading any instructions in about 5 min.
How to integrate Xtranormal into the classroom: Xtranormal is a great way for students to express what they know creatively. Students can use Xtranormal to create mocumentaries on any subject, students could interview historical figures, report on geographical occurances, or create public service announcements. Xtranormal would be an excellent alternative to the traditional book report. Students could interview one or several characters from the book or create a little review show about the book. The Xtranormal interface is intuative enough that the focus will be on the learning, not on the tool.
Tips: Xtranormal is a great way for students to create movies. Many times schools are restricted from putting videos featuring students online, this is a great way for students to put their creations online without their actual picture being out there.
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