Create digital stories in the classroom using Microsoft PowerPoint. If you don't have Microsoft Office PowerPoint you can use Open Office Impress. Open Office is an open source alternative to Microsoft Office.
Using presentation software you can create digital stories by using still images or by using custom animate to animate your stories. With a little planning students can create engaging digital stories. Digital story telling is a great assessment tool.
Digital stories with still images
Students can create background images to add to the slide background and then insert images from file or simply use clip art. They can duplicate the slide and move the image or clip art to simulate movement. Create speech bubbles that can be shown and hidden on different slides or record narration in PowerPoint. Students can set the timing on the presentations for automatic movement or just click the mouse for a manual story.
PowerPoint can also be used for stop animation. All you need is a digital camera or web cam to take pictures of each frame. Then insert the images into PowerPoint as a photo album. When you insert a photo album you have to make sure you choose the option to fit to slide. Then set your timing and add narration or sound as desired.
Digital stories with custom animation
With a little more planning a student can create an entire digital story on one slide in PowerPoint. Using custom animation students can move characters in and out of the story using appear on entrance and disappear on exit. Motion paths can be used to show a character walking, running, driving, and swimming.
Software mentioned in the post
Microsoft Office PowerPoint http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/
Open Office http://www.openoffice.org/