A narrated art project includes an image, which can be a drawing or photo, shared with accompanying audio narration.
- Create an account on a free web service listed under “tools” below.
- If you have a mobile device, download and install the app for the service you’re using.
- If you’re using a desktop or laptop computer, obtain and test a microphone if you don’t have a built-in mic.
- Test the website and the narrated slideshow PUBLISHING process in the location / on the network you will use with students.
- Login to your app or website.
- Click record and record your audio narration.
- Take a photo of your art or select an existing image from your photo library.
- Enter the meta data (title, description, etc) for each episode.
- Click upload.
The following table compares seven available websites/apps for creating narrated art projects.
Narrated Art Projects with Single Images / Photos
- AudioBoo (free iOS/Android app & browser-based, free accounts limited to 3 min per episode)
- SoundCloud (free iOS/Android & browser-based, free accounts limited to upload time per month)
- Narrable (free iOS app & browser-based, limited to 5 min per episode)
- Draw and Tell ($2 iOS app, no time limit, exports as camera roll videos)
- Tell About This ($3 iOS app – designed for 4-6 year olds: @TellAboutThis)
Narrated Art Projects with Multiple Images / Photos
Live Art Screencasts
- Ask3 (free iPad app)
- Other Screencasting tools listed on the Narrated Slideshow / Screencasting page
Story Wheel (free iOS app) is a storytelling app which lets users narrate randomly selected images.
TUTORIALS & VIDEOS
- Musical Tutorial of AudioBoo (1 min, 9 sec by @fuglefun)
- Video Tutorial: How to Use AudioBoo on the iPad (5 min, 41 sec)
- Video Tutorial: Create Multiple Audioboo Channels with the Same Gmail Address (5 min, 58 sec)
- Video Tutorial: How to Embed an AudioBoo on a KidBlog Post (3 min, 37 sec)
- Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art
- Student-Created Sequoyah Book Reports, AudioBoo, iPads and QR Codes
STUDENT EXAMPLES WITH ART
- Horses Boo (5th grade – AudioBoo – integrated into a Radio Show also)
- Name Art by Rachel (3rd grade – AudioBoo – YouTube screencast version)
- Hyperbola Equation and Graph (9th grade – Narrable – YouTube screencast version)
- Discussing Oak Ridge Glogster Project (8th grade – SoundCloud – YouTube screencast version)
- Kindergarten Book Review (AudioBoo)
- Narrated Art About Bats (3rd grade – AudioBoo)
- Emily’s Narrative Art (AudioBoo)
- Austin’s Alien Gingerbread Story (2nd grade – AudioBoo)
- Thankful Stories by Peg Keiner (backstory)
STUDENT EXAMPLES WITH PHOTOS
- Student-Created Sequoyah Book Reports, AudioBoo, iPads and QR Codes (4th / 5th grade)
- Flamingos at the Zoo (2nd grade – AudioBoo)
- US Arizona Impressions (Kindergarten – AudioBoo)
- How Can Someone Hack Your Website in a Coffee Shop? (live art screencast – Ask3 for iPad)
- The Flipped Classroom as a Vehicle to the Future (time-lapse video – Camtasia Studio)
- Storychasing Philmont 2012 (with photos – AudioBoo)
THE NEXT LEVEL
Narrated Art Video: The Flipped Classroom as a Vehicle to the Future (YouTube)
Narrated Art Projects: Draw a picture or take a picture, and then record your voice with a website or app which shares your recording with your image. Narrated Art Projects provide excellent opportunities to practice meta-cognition, use nonlinguistic representation to boost student achievement, and improve oral communication skills. In this workshop we’ll view and discuss examples of student-created narrated art, and also create examples together in the session. Websites like AudioBoo and SoundCloud offer cloud-based audio recording and sharing using free smartphone applications as well as browser-based interfaces. Apps like ShowMe and Draw & Tell for iPad can streamline the creation and sharing of narrated art. Learn how narrated art projects can become important elements in students’ digital portfolios.
* Image attribution: Digital drawing created by Wesley Fryer on Brushes for iPad