Narrable is a website which can be used an educational web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
I have heard very good things about Narrable – however, when you log onto narrable.com…………You are greeted with a delightful slideshow of images and text that informs you that narrable.com is currently making big changes and going to create a reliable site for creating stories. This has resulted in the website being closed and updated thus I have very little to hands on experience in regards to narrable.com.
Not to be deterred I have since read as many reviews and articles as I could about narrable.com.
From what I have gleaned this is what the reviews have told me that narrable.com was an
application allows users to easily create narrated slideshows. For educators who don’t have access to standard video editing software, this is a great resource across multiple subjects for most grade levels. While the site has varied price points for both the general public and educators, it’s free for teachers to create unlimited projects.
I enjoyed noting that Narrable was free to teachers to create an unlimited amount of projects which could mean a motion comic or normal narrables for the classroom.
Additionally, another interesting feature of Narrable which made it very appealing was the simple fact that students and teachers could create comics on either
their computers or mobile devices.
Trying to book computer labs and ensuring students carry out the completed tasks is a bit of a logistical nightmare sometimes; thus computer labs are only used for specific projects or planned events. (Unless each student has a netbook or laptop which is becoming a more and more feature in schools)
By letting students use their mobile devices in class they are learning how to use their mobile devices in an educational way. Also, as it’s on a device they are familiar with – it increases the chances that they will use the device outside of the classroom.
Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog or wiki.
Additionally, narrable ties into the key skills by being literate and creative. Additionally, it’s hands on thus the students are managing their information and thinking how are they going to present this to their peers and others who they are going to show their narrables too.
One other idea I like about narrable.com is that it’s very visual and it brings literacy beyond the classroom. As I mentioned earlier a web 2.0 application that can be encouraged outside fo the classroom is a tool worth using.
This has been highlighted by scholars who have come to recognise the importance of web 2.0 tools such as Narrable
“Technology and Web 2.0 tools are supportive of knowledge construction, immersion in a foreign language, and interactivity across sites” (Chang, Pearman, and Farha 2012: 52).
This is one of the tutorials I have found on youtube on how to create your own narrable and set up an account.
If you know anything more about narrable.com or have used it please feel free to send me a message or comment as I would love to know more about it!