Gone are the days of a simple image growing the interest and success of marketing an idea. New trends in visual storytelling today include GIFs, real-time broadcasts, and infographics.
GIFs are really starting to take off in popularity even though they have been around for quite a while.
A series of still images looping one after another creates an animation that can visually explain a concept.
If you would like to create your own GIF I recommend a site called Picasion. Simply upload a series of images to create your GIF. Makeagif.com is a site that will create a GIF from images, a YouTube video, an uploaded video or a webcam.
Students could create GIFs to demonstrate the steps for solving a math problem, or showing a physics equation. Students could also create a how-to GIF or even a GIF to show a transformation of a living thing.
Real-time broadcasts are also growing in popularity. Meerkat and Periscope are two such apps. Periscope grew out of Twitter and is quickly becoming a phenomenon. If you haven't given Periscope a try, I highly recommend checking it out. There is something about broadcasting an event live and in person that gives this storytelling
app an edge above other apps and also gives others a chance to interact in real time while the story unfolds. Students could broadcast a presentation or a science experiment live.
Infographics explain a concept in a very visual and factual way. Even the most complex information can be displayed in an understandable way with an infographic.
I recommend using Pictochart or Easel.ly for creating your own infographics. Both of these sites have templates to help you get started. Students could collect and display data on a historical event, science concept, famous person(s), or on a specific location in the world. Infographics tell a story in a uniquely creative and critical way.
What is your favorite app or site for visual storytelling? How might you use that tool? I'd love to hear from you.