Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Great App from Disney

I recently downloaded the Story app from Disney, and I have to say that I really like it. Basically, the app takes the photos and videos from your iPhone camera roll and turns them into mini virtual scrapbooks based on your events. Here is an example of a Story I created from our Memorial Day photos and videos:




This does involve a slight change in my workflow, as it relies on using the photos from my camera roll instead of from my photo albums. Typically, I don't save photos in my camera roll, but I do sync photo albums from iPhoto. Hopefully, the ability to create stories from albums will come with later updates to the app.

In the meantime, I could definitely see this being a great tool for the classroom. Simply shoot pictures and videos each day, and then you can create a log of each day's learning. Photos can easily be cropped inside of the program, and you can add captions as well. Then, you can share the digital scrapbook on Facebook or via email. From there, you get a link to a unique webpage URL that can be shared and that includes a button for getting the scrapbook's embed code. I could see using the embed code to share special events via a class blog or website. The best part is that this app is free!

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