TRANSMEDIA: Elements of the Experience
As you consider how the transmedia approach might be used in teaching and learning, think about how the different elements can be used to differentiate and meet individual learning needs.
Click the image on the right to see a larger version. Notice the many elements that were included in our "workshop experience".
Use the Transmedia Fluid Environments (PDF) checklist for a quick review of the key elements.
From case studies and scenarios to ancedotes and simulations, teachers often incorporate storytelling, investigation, and exploration aspects into the classroom.
- Go back to a time when...
- Pretend that you're a junior ranger, scientist, historian...
- What if your were...
Story/Journey-based. Participants explore a narrative that provides the main line of a story or journey.
- Linear narrative
- Interactive storybooks
- Interactive fiction and hypertext (choose your own adventure)
Inquiry-based. Participants identify questions, explore resources and ideas, assimilate information, draw inferences from evidence, make decisions, and reflect on their experience.
Place-based Learning. Participants focus on a specific location. It may be local, remote, invented, or real.
Object and Artifact-based. Participants examine a particular object or artifact.
Problem-based. Participants focus on solving a problem.
Project-based. Participants follow a process to create a project.
Challenge-based. Participants participate in a challenge.
Simulation-based. Participants explore a simulated environment.
Game-based. Participants overcome obstacles to solve a problem, accomplish a goal, or complete a task.
Multi-user Virtual Worlds. Participants explore a virtual location.
Alternate Reality. Participants are involved in a storyline or game that uses real-world settings and environments. Flash mobs are in this category.
Augmented Reality. Participants experience a direct or indirect view of the world as seen through technology. Information about an environment may be overlayed on the real world.
Consider the many ways that people communicate and share ideas. Consider how you can share the same message many ways through artifacts, text, graphics, sounds, and motion. What method is most efficient, effective, and appealing for a particular story?
Explore Google Art Project.
- Artwork (paintings, sculpture)
- Documents (tickets, fliers)
- Models (globe)
- Objects (coins, tools, utensils)
Text (narrative, description, exposition, argumentation)
- Literature (e-book, hyptertext)
- Story narrative
- News articles
- Blogs and Tweets
- RSS feeds
- Documents (laws, policies, recipes)
- Directions and instructions
- Journals and diaries
- Lists and checklists
- Word Processing
- Word Clouds
- Highlighting Tools
- Citation Tools
- Chart and Graph Generators
- Web 2.0-type Chart/graph makers
- Concept Maps
- Animal Inquiry Starter
- Cacoo (free, sign-up, 25 sheets, lots of lines, good clipart, insert images, share URL, export)
- Creately (try with no sign-up, sign-up, insert images, lots of K12 templates, basic shapes, share, collaborate)
- Gliffy (free, sign-up, lots of upgrade ads)
- Graphic Map from ReadWriteThink
- Mywebspiration (free, best option, may soon become subscription related to Inspiration software)
- Scribblar (whiteboard and concept mapping)
- Timeline Builder
- MagicStudio - stories, images, timelines
- Preceden (free version allows 5 entries; teacher version available)
- Timeglider - remember, plan, learn
- Timeline - ReadWriteThink
- TimeRime - create, share, compare
- Time Toast - images, text, create, share
- Xtimeline - multimedia (video, images) create, share, rate
- Diagrams and Illustrations
- Comic Creator
- Pixton. Use the free version or consider the school version. Check out the Digital Citizen example.
- Bitstrips. Need to sign-in to save.
- Cartoonist from Creaza
- Comic Creator
- Comic Master
- KABAM. Restricted to the story and theme provided.
- MakeBeliefs Comix. You can print or email your comic. No storage.
- Professor Garfield. Provides characters for stories.
- Strip Generator. Sign-in required to save and publish. Print without sign-in.
- Witty Comics
- Write Comics
- Blabberize. Animate a photo and add your voice.
- Comic Creators for All Ages (potential for inappropriate content)
- Cartoon and Caption Creators
- Poster Makers
- Images (i.e., photos, satellite, x-ray)
- Storage and Sharing
- Free Images
- Draw Tools
- Floor Plans
- Image Manipulation
- Storybird. A teacher version is available so teacers can set up student accounts.
- Art of Storytelling. Experience, tell, and picture a story.
- Boomwriter. Read, write, compete and get published.
- Dog's Life. Write a comic-like story.
- Kerpoof-Story. Very easy to use Tell a Story feature.
- Kidsspace. Easy to use library-sponsored tools.
- Myths and Legends. Contains images and animation options.
- Littlebird Tales. Uploade images and record you voice on each page.
- Picturebook Maker. Create picturebooks with limited images.
- Simplebooklet. Create documents of different sizes.
- Storyjumper. Create your own book.
- Storymaker. Simple and free library-sponsored tool
- Tikatok. Try for free.
- ZimmerTwins. Both still and animation.
- ZooBurst. Create your own popup book.
- Symbols (flags, fonts, music)
- Spoken language (narration, speech, instructions, directions)
- Librivox. Source for public domain audio content
- Sound effects (integral, incidental)
- Music (integral, incidental, instrumental, vocal)
- Music Makers
- GarageBand from Apple
- 3D experiences
- 360 exploration
- GoAnimate. Try the free version, then consider the subscription option for more resources. Check out the school version and the lesson gallery.
- Domo Animate. Simple and easy to use.
- Junior Net
- Kerpoof Studio
- Tate Movie Maker. Go through the process of creating an animated movie.
- gif animation
- Interactive panorama
- Video (PSAs, instruct, inform)
- 280 Slides - photos, movies, PowerPoint
- Big Huge Labs - slide show with web images and Flickr images
- Google Presentations
- MagToo - lots of extras for creating panorama shows, maps, and more
- Mixbook - photobook; collaborative feature
- Sketchcast (sign-up, record your drawing, include your voice, share, embed)
- SlideShare * - slide sharing
- Movie Makers
- Animoto. Combine photos, video clips, music, and audio into great multimedia projects.
- Masher. Combine video, music, and photos.
- YouTube Video Editor. Combine and edit videos from YouTube.
- Creaza MovieEditor. Online editor.
- Vizlingo. Enter some words and choose images or clips to go with the words to create a short video.
- YouTube Create Videos. Provides a great list of online video makers
- Turtlepond Video Maker. Use existing video to create a short movie.
- Storage and Sharing
- Link to videos online. You can create save links if it's allowed in your district
- Safeshare.tv. Use to create a safe link to a YouTube video.
- Download videos rather than stream them. Store in a shared class folder.
- Video Generator
Interactives (combine all the media)
- Fake and real websites
- Favorite or Vote
- Tag or Categorize
- Comment or Reply
- Create and Share
- Moderate or Lead
Existing Social Network Services
Content Management Tools
Discussions and Back Channels
Polls and Surveys
- Flisti (no sign-up, no log-in)
- Poll Daddy
- Poll Junkie
- Snap Poll
- Survey Monkey
- Zoho Polls
- Google Forms
Whiteboard and Noteboard
- Magnifer (helps enlarge small images) (download for Windows or Mac)
- Skrbl (no sign-up, share URL)
- Scriblink (no sign-up, math symbols, share URL)
- Twiddla (no sign-up, math symbols, annotate web page, upload images, share URL, collaborate)
- Stixy (sign-up, shared stickies and documents)
- Fake Newspaper. Create a fake newspaper for your story.
- Packland. Create cool looking comic backpacks to include in storytelling.
- Trading Cards
- Warning Label Generator
- HugeBigLabs - create lots of fun visual images with photos like magazine covers and movie posters.
- Movie Clapper Board Generator - Creates a movie clapper image.
- Newspaper Generator - Creates a newspaper front page.
- Redkid - Sign Generators
- TiltShift - Turns a photo into what looks like a miniature world.
- Playing Card Shuffler
- Coin Flipper
- Dice Roller
- List Randomizer
- Currency Conversion
- Inflation Conversion
- Income Calculator
- Interest Calculator
- Money Counter
- Monthly Payment Calculator
- Phone Bill Calculator
- Savings Estimator
- Sales Tax Calculator
- ip Calculator
- Oline Stopwatch
- Earth's Orbit
- Sun Clock
- World Time Zone
- General Tools- Google Search Features and Soople.
- Wolfram Alpha Widgets
- Example: How soon will our characters get frostbite? Immerse yourself in the story. Use the Frostbite Time Widget.
Wiki and Websites
Content Curation Tools
- Scoop.it. Create a topic, add static and dynamic content, and add descriptions, questions, or interaction. Embed widgets and display video. Explore an example called Read Science!, Endangered Species, and Hunger Games.
- Bagtheweb. Try the education version. Check out how a fifth grade class is using this tools with the topic of Lewis Hine.
- Clipboard. Clip and organize information.
- Curated.by. Focuses on Twitter and other existing social media.
- Keepstream. Focuses on social media particularly Twitter.
- Only2Clicks. Very easy to use. Check out Joyce Valenza's page.
- Paper.li. Create your own online newspaper.
- PearlTrees. Organize visually.
- Pinterest. Organize into categories. Example: Fibonacci
- Qrait. Organize social media feeds and URLs.
- Redux. Focuses on video curation.
- Storify. Focuses on social media.
- Themeefy. Create a slide show of ideas and resources.
Cheat (help) sheets
Clues and Hint
Ciphers, Codes, Translators, Puzzles
- Morse Code - Morse Code
Performance (music, dance, speech)
Movement (walk, run, hike, bike)
User Generated Creative Projects
Webpages with Hotspots and URL links
- QR-Code Tag - A plug-in that generates a QR code for the Google Chrome page you are on.
- Mobile Barcode - A plug-in that generates a QR code for the Firefox page you are on.
- Mobile Apps and QR at High Tech Learning
- QR (Quick Response) from Wikipedia
- QR Stuff - make a QR code.
- Desktop QR Code Reader - reads from your webcam
- Zxing Barcode Scanner App for Android
- QR Reader for iPhone
- Google Maps and Google Earth
Samantha Penney developed a pyramid to represent the many Web 2.0 type tools that can be incorporated into teaching and learning.
Build an experience using at least three different tools. For instance, tell a story with Voki, then ask students to retell the story with MakeBelliefsComix. Or, introduce a new concept like Simple Machines with Glogster, let students explore, then ask students to photograph and tell a story about a simple machine.