If you’ve decided your hum-drum holiday card could use an upgrade, you might consider saving paper – and postage – by sharing your holiday wishes online this year.

Here’s a a few resources and inspiration to set you on your “merry way!”

Holiday Video Cards by vlix

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This simple iPad/iPod Touch app allows users to import or record videos, add holiday borders and background music before sharing via email, YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.  Something as simple as recording students in your class saying “Happy Holidays” would be really neat to share with parents!

JibJab

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This online resource is perfect for creating a holiday ecard featuring classic music and the ability to add your face, or the faces of up to 5 friends to the card.  Elf Yourself!

Animoto

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For several years now, Animoto has been our go-to site for creating stunning photo slideshows in just a few minutes.  Their site is great year-round, but it’s especially handy for putting all those holiday photos into a format that your family or students will be excited to watch.  Educators can even create Animoto Plus accounts for free.

Sharenik

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Create an online card that features photos, videos, a letter, or pretty much any combination of the three!  This FREE site is great for those of us who just can’t bear the thought of abandoning their annual holiday letter.  Share up to 15 photos/videos and select from tons of templates and format options.

 

Windows Live Movie Maker & Photo Gallery

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Want a little less “wizard’ and a little more precise control over your holiday video project?  Windows Live Movie Maker & Photo Gallery provide user-friendly interfaces for editing video, or creating a photo slide shows.  The software is free, and great for PC users!

For Apple lovers, iMovie on your iOS device or Mac is the way to go!

Whichever venue you choose for expressing your holiday cheer, be sure you challenge yourself, and share your project with us!  We’d love to see what you come up with!