This is a link to Storyjumper-a good way to create an alternative evaluation by having students create an original story about a significant person from an historical era studied. Another application for this specific example would be to introduce the literary element of personification. Using this simple model of a children's story, students begin to navigate the tool by editing the pictures and adding text culminating in an original product.
This site links to animoto-It would be a great way to create a research project by creating a video and text about an assigned topic related to the curriculum. Again, at an introductory level, the literary element of imagery might be introduced/reinforced by adding text to the model culminating in a student produced video as the final product.