The ability to add pictures and do so easily is one of the advantages of a blog over other types of communication. If we have a large number of pictures, a "slide show" allows us to display those pictures in a small amount of space.
I have used Photobucket and Animoto on this blog. I included them in a list of my Top Ten Web-Based Tools. That list was published in Barbara Blackburn's recent book The Principalship from A-Z.
A good friend put me on to another option: One True Media.
To compare and contrast:
- All three offer free accounts.
- Animoto and One True Media allow you to add music. In fact, One True Media automatically assigns a music track and allows you to change it. Photobucket has no musical option.
- Animoto's free account limits the length of the slide show to 30 seconds. One True Media and Photobucket seem to be unlimited in the length of the presentation.
- Animoto mixes the pictures in a very imaginative way. One True Media may have editing capabilities, but if it allows you to do what Animoto does, it would take some work.
Below is a sample of each. Judge for yourself which you like best:
One True Media:
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.