As an English teacher I’m all about the use of metaphor and story telling to enhance and actualize the concept. My question is how do you empower the non-writer or non-verbal creator to share his or her story? In the past I have suggested that students use collages, posters, three dimensional models, charts, photographs, skits, and concept webs to serve as aids to their learning or their sharing of what they learned. Enter Web 2.0 capabilities and Xtranormal. Suddenly, comic books and animation are cool again and students have a whole new way of expressing themselves. I found the program easy to use, albeit limited in its applications, but certainly full of potential as yet another differentiated way of instructing or allowing students to represent what they know.
For more about Xtranormal, and my experimentation with this Web 2.o to create video, check out my page on the use of video and story telling in education!