webhosting & website building
- Reclaim Hosting: $30 per year for hosting + domain registration; you can create a site via HTML/CSS (from scratch or using a template), or you can install WordPress and create a site
- here: it's entirely possible for us to create a folder at this website, http://raabwritingfellows.com, where you could post your work, whether as a WordPress website, and HTML/CSS template, a video, or another format. The URL would be http://raabwritingfellows.com/yourfoldername.
- Wix: you can get a free site with a subdomain (https://yourname.wix.com) and Wix ads included; for $11 per month, you get your own domain, no ads, and 3GB of storage
- Weebly: same as Wix, a free site with a subdomain and ads; for $12 a month, a free domain, no ads, unlimited storage
- Squarespace: a free 14-day trial; after that, it’s $12 a month with free domain, no ads, unlimited storage
tools/platforms for multimedia projects
Knightlab: a suite of open source tools for digital storytelling; initially developed for journalists and media makers, but easy to use and engaging for novice users
- Juxtapose: compare two images
- Timeline JS: present a story that occurs over time
- great for an interactive resume
- Storymap: present a story in a specific location
- Soundcite: add soundclips to text
- works best with WordPress; in other words, create the soundclips in Soundcite and attach them to text that you publish with WordPress
- Storyline: attach annotations to a basic line chart to tell the story behind the numbers (still in beta but works fine)
- here’s my example with numbers from the Professional Writing Minor
Storymaps: free, powered by ArcGIS (which is also free), with templates for map-based tours, points of interest, in-depth narratives, presenting multiple maps, and more; lots of tutorials and help
- go to the Apps page and click on the galleries to see the kinds of websites you can build; they don't necessarily have to have maps
Screencast-o-matic: very easy to create screencasts, videos of your screen activity with accompanying audio (typically your narrative--and you can include a webcam video of you, too); great for creating tutorials or explaining websites, images, or other things on your computer screen.
DataBasic.io: a very easy set of tools and resources to analyze and visualize data of various types, including word clouds, document comparisons, and network visualizations.