Creating Digital Artifacts: Part 1

I recently wrote a post about “Creating and Collecting Digital Work“.  When my son brought home this really charming and heart-warming hand drawn “about me” book, I instantly wanted him to tell me about each picture. His descriptions were so amusing and charming, I felt inspired and compelled to create a digital artifact of his work… with my iPad.

Here are the steps:

  1. Take a photo of each page
  2. Crop photos as needed
  3. Bring any photos into Skitch that had a name or identifying information (as I knew I would be posting info online) and color over that info. This is also a good idea if you have students with certain acceptable use and publishing regulations.
  4. Save the edited photo to your photo roll
  5. Import all of the photos in order in to Sonic Pics
  6. Have your student record a description for each picture

The recording isn’t perfect, but I will tell you that the first take for a small child tends to be the best take as they are most candid and they become exasperated with rerecording the same material.


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  1. This is a great app. I am thinking of doing something like this for some projects in class. Are there other options you would recommend that do similar things? Ideally a free option would be great, but if I have to pay $2.99, I guess I’ll survive. HA! Thanks!!

    • lisajohnson2007

      They used to have a lite version but it has been removed.

  2. Please could you let me know how you published your sonic pics set to YOU TUBE!

    • lisajohnson2007

      I believe I posted it straight from the app.

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