by Julie Dodd
JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair

What apps are the best for enabling students to tell multimedia stories?

MOJO MediaWorksAllissa Richardson, a faculty member at Bowie State University, provided some answers in her session “Top Apps for iPod Storytelling” at the Journalism Interactive conference in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend.

Richardson, the Director for Mobile Learning at MOJO MediaWorks, shared the results of a survey of students who are using only mobile devices to create multimedia.

Richardson explained the app workflow and the recommended app. I checked iTunes for the price of each app.

Research = Opera Mini Web browser – Free

VoddioWriting = iA Writer – 99 cents

Photo = Snapseed – Free, designed for both iPhone and iPad

Video = 1st Video – $9.99 for iPhone and $19.99 for iPad

Live streaming = UStream – Allows for broadcasting live and watching live video. Subscription cost $3.99 a month, $11.99 for three months.

Video audio editor = Voddio – free

iSocialGeotagging =  Foursquare – free.
This is the software that is used for checking in at restaurants and events. The students in the survey said that they used the app to identify the “mayor” of a location as an interview source. They also geotagged themselves and could later see where they were when they took a photo or conducted an interview.

Storage – Dropbox = free (limited storage). Adobe Revel – free.

Connecting social media = iSocial – free. Socialtape – free.

Reading books = Ebook – free.

Thanks to Richardson and her students for the advice on which are the best apps according to students who are doing mobile reporting.

[Visit the MOJO MediaWorks website to learn more about the MOJO MediaWorks outreach to low-income schools and in other countries.]