Intro to Digital Storytelling (shorter version)

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These are slides (minus playable video clips and speaker's notes) from my March 7th presentation on Digital Storytelling at the Norlin Library Learner's Lunch series at CU Boulder. For a longer version of this presentation, see: http://www.slideshare.net/PerpetualRevision/intro-todigitalstorytellingfor-pdf

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Intro to Digital Storytelling (shorter version)

  1. 1. !!DigitalStorytellingNorlinLearner’sLunchPresenta2onMarch7,2012 (minus the playable video clips and speakers notes)AmyGoodloeDigitalCompositionCoordinatorProgramforWritingandRhetoric,CUBoulder
  2. 2. put!heidi’s!video!here!
  3. 3. Overview Define!digital!storytelling!Explore!its!many!uses!in!civic!and!educa9onal!contexts! Iden9fy!benefits!to!faculty!and!students!Review!common!approaches!and!storytelling!techniques!
  4. 4. !!WhatisDigitalStorytelling?!!
  5. 5. "Digital!Storytelling!is!the!modern!expression!of!the!ancient!art!of!storytelling.!Throughout!history,!storytelling!has!been!used!to!share!knowledge,!wisdom,!and!values.!Stories!have!taken!many!forms.!Stories!have!been!adapted!to!each!successive!medium!that!has!emerged,!from!the!circle!of!the!campfire,!to!the!silver!screen,!and!now!the!computer!screen."! (Leslie!Rule!2009)!
  6. 6. Storiescanbe...!  imagina9ve! !  educa9onal! !  fic9on,!comics,!TV! !  documentaries! shows,!movies! !  persuasive!!  informa9onal! !  call!to!ac9on,! !  histories,! poli9cal,!ac9vism! biographies! !  and!more...!!
  7. 7. Welikestoriesbecause...They!hold!our!aVen9on!• John!Medina’s!Brain!Rule!#4:!!“We!don’t! pay!aVen9on!to!boring!things”!They!move!us!• Stories!are!oXen!more!engaging!than! other!kinds!of!informa9on!
  8. 8. Whatmakesastory“digital”?composed!with!mul9ple!forms!of!!digital!media:!!  photos! !  sound!effects!!  graphics! !  audio!narra9on!!  video! !  music!!  anima9on! !  text! !
  9. 9. Whatmakesastory“digital”?viewable!only!on!digital!devices!•  computers,!tablets,!smartphones!•  typically!video!or!presenta9on!shareable!across!online!social!networks!•  easily!distributed!to!friends!and!family!•  poten9al!for!global!audience!
  10. 10. Whatmakesit“digitalstorytelling”?The!phrase!means!more!than!the!sum!of! its!parts! Just!because!it’s!digital!and!tells!a!story,!that!doesn’t!make!it!“digital!storytelling”!
  11. 11. Thesearedigitalstorytellingprojects photo!essay!documen9ng!an!immigrant’s! adjustment!to!American!life! video!reflec9on!on!overcoming!a!learning! disability! mul9media!presenta9on!on!the!slippery!nature! of!gender!iden9ty!!
  12. 12. ThesearenotCNN!story!on!the!“Sissy!Boy!Experiment”! 20/20!segment!on!iden9ty!theX!History!Channel!show!on!the!Roaring!20’s!
  13. 13. DigitalStorytellingisGrassroots • Amateurs!using!consumeraend!tools!!! ! • Purpose!is!to!educate!or!move,!not!sell!!!!! ! • Stories!oXen!focus!on!personal!growth!or!social!! change! • Enables!us!to!move!from!being!consumers!of!!! ! digital!content!to!producers!
  14. 14. !!Who’sUsingDigitalStorytelling?!!
  15. 15. !  Public!Health! !  Advocacy!Groups! !  Sustainability!!  Social!Services! !  Diversity!!  Community!Organiza9ons! !  Social!welfare!!  Business! !  Ka12!Schools!!  Local!Governments! !  Colleges!&!Universi9es!!  Museums!and!Libraries!
  16. 16. !!DigitalStorytellingintheClassroom
  17. 17. DigitalStorytellinginEducation!  All!levels! !  Ka12!!schools! !  undergraduate!and!graduate!classes! !  research!projects! !  student!services!!  Across!all!disciplines!!  Composed!by!students,!faculty,!and!staff!!  For!a!variety!of!audiences!and!purposes!
  18. 18. PotentialUsesbyFacultyConvey!course!material!using!a!wider!array!of!communica9on!tools!than!text!alone!Share!research!insights!with!broader!audience!Create!your!own!to!serve!as!an!example!of!the!kind!of!project!you’d!like!students!to!develop!
  19. 19. TopicsforFacultyStoriesMemories!of:!!•  Learning!to!read!and!write!(and!study)!•  Naviga9ng!a!computer!for!the!first!9me!•  What!led!you!into!your!field!of!study!An!event!that!was:!•  Embarrassing!but!educa9onal!•  Perspec9veashiXing!or!mo9va9ng!•  Par9cularly!relevant!to!a!concept!in!your! discipline!
  20. 20. PotentialUsesbyStudentsResearch!projects!•  Historical:!using!archival!footage!•  Contemporary:!using!footage!captured!by! students!or!from!fair!use!sources!Visual!argument!•  Persuade!through!mul9ple!modali9es!Cri9ques!•  “Talk!back”!to!pop!culture!through!crea9ve! remix!
  21. 21. PotentialUsesbyStudentsService!learning!projects!•  Raising!awareness!about!social!issues!or! communi9es!•  Encouraging!ac9on!on!behalf!of!organiza9ons!Personal!narra9ves!rela9ng!to!class!topics!•  Literacy!narra9ve!Reflec9ons!on!learning!&!engagement!•  Selfareflec9ve!essay!
  22. 22. PaperSupplementorReplacement? Consider:!!why!do!we!ask!students!to!write! papers!in!the!first!place?! •  what!do!we!want!students!to!learn?! •  can!that!be!learned!through!a!digital! storytelling!project!instead!of!a!tradi9onal! paper?!
  23. 23. !!LearningBenefits!!
  24. 24. MainBenefittoStudentsEngagement!!Projects!have!real!and!las9ng!value!!•  con9nue!to!work!on!projects!even!beyond! semester!Real!audiences!and!purposes!•  friends,!family,!prospec9ve!employers!•  service!learning!partners!
  25. 25. AuthenticityDigital!Storytelling!allows!students!to! !  !work!on!authen2c!assignments! !  !develop!their!personal!and!academic!voice! !  represent!knowledge!to!a!community!of!learners!! !  receive!situated!feedback!from!their!peers.!!Due!to!their!affec9ve!involvement!with!this!process!and!the!novelty!effect!of!the!medium,!students!are!moreengagedthanintradi2onalassignments.!! (Oppermann!and!Coventry,!2011)!
  26. 26. CriticalAnalysisWe!already!teach!students!to!cri9cally!analyze!the!digital!media!they!regularly!consume!But!the!act!of!composing!in!digital!genres!gives!them!greater!insight!into!the!rhetorical!strategies!at!work!in!these!genres!
  27. 27. WritingSkillsBeing!asked!to!communicate!in!the!“new!language”!of!mul9media!brings!students!a!greaterawarenessofthecomponentpartsof!tradi9onal!wri9ng.!!Digital!storytelling!helps!students!develop!a!strongervoiceand!helps!students!more!accurately!and!firmly!placethemselvesinrela2onshiptotheargumentsofothers.!! (Oppermann!and!Coventry,!2011)!
  28. 28. WritingasaProcessMakes!clear!the!value!of!approaching!all!acts!of!communica9on!as!a!process!Can’t!produce!a!rhetorically!powerful!digital!storytelling!project!the!night!before!!Requires!planning,!research,!collabora9on,!problemasolving,!draXing,!feedback,!revising!
  29. 29. DigitalLiteracySkillsHelps!students!iden9fy!deficiencies!in!digital!literacy!skills!and!remedy!them!while!working!on!a!meaningful!project!Also!helps!deepen!their!apprecia9on!for!the!rhetorical!power!of!mul9modal!communica9on!
  30. 30. Whataboutdrawbacks? Fairly!Easy!to!Address! Less!Easy,!but!Doable!!  Privacy! !  Intellectual!honesty! (copyright,!plagiarism)!!  Access!to!tools!and! equipment! !  Student!resistance!!  Technology!as!poten9al! !  Assignment!design!in!light! distrac9on! of!ar9culated!criteria!!  Availability!of!tech! !  !Assessment! support!
  31. 31. ApproachestoDigital !!Storytelling
  32. 32. CommonApproaches!  photo!essay! !  miniadocumentary!!  audio!essay! !  short!film!!!  comic!strip! !  skit!!  anima9on! !  remix! !  Xtranormal! !  assembled!with!“reusable”! rather!than!original! !  Go!Animate! content!
  33. 33. Stephanie’s!clip!
  34. 34. Clip!from!Meals!on!Wheels!
  35. 35. !!GettingStarted!!
  36. 36. OverviewofComposingProcess1.  Brainstorm!Topics! 5.  Apply!Effects!2.  Gather!Assets! 6.  Export!Rough!Cut*!3.  Build!Storyboard*! 7.  Revise!&Polish!4.  Assemble!Assets! 8.  Export!&!Share*! *!Get!Feedback!(recommended)!
  37. 37. Topics:IdentifyaPurpose Inform/Analyze! Persuade!!  history!or!biography! !  Public!Service! Announcement!!  documentary! !  docudrama!!  reflect!on!personal! experience! !  call!to!ac9on!!  demonstrate!ac9vity! !  parody!!  illustrate!concept!!  analyze!sources!
  38. 38. Topics:IdentifyContent Important!People! Important...!!  Character! !  Places!!  Memorial! !  Events!!  Adventure! !  Ac9vi9es!!  Accomplishment! !  Discoveries!!  Rela9onships! !  Ideas! Joe!Lambert,!DigitalStorytellingCookbook
  39. 39. TypesofAssets Digital!Media! Sources!!  photos!&!other!images! !  archival!footage!!  video!clips! !  media!labeled!for!reuse!!  audio!clips! !  media!used!with! permission!!  narra9on! !  selfaproduced!!  music!&!sound!effects!!  anima9ons!!  text!
  40. 40. Storyboards Elements! Tools!!  Digital!media!clips! !  PowerPoint!!  Narra9on!or!script! !  Word!tables!!  Effects!applied!to!clip! !  ComicLife!!  Music!or!sound!effects! !  Print!or!“virtual”!index!cards!!  Transi9on!out!to!next! !  S9ckies!app! scene! !  Mobile!apps!
  41. 41. Storyboarding:PowerPoint
  42. 42. Storyboarding:Tables
  43. 43. Storyboarding:Pen&Paper
  44. 44. TraditionalTechniques!  Compress!9me!or!“explode”!a!moment!!  Open!with!a!“drama9c!ques9on”!or!hook!!  Build!in!drama9c!tension!with!foreshadowing!!  S9ck!to!one!point!of!view!!  Offer!details!about!setng,!9me!period,!and! “characters”!!!  Express!conversa9ons!in!the!form!of!dialogue!!  Engage!the!viewer’s!emo9ons!and!imagina9on!
  45. 45. DigitalTechniques!  Change!images!every!10a12!seconds!!  Apply!pan!and!zoom!effects!to!photos,!but!keep! faces!on!screen!!  Give!viewers!periodic!breaks!with!9tle!cards!and! transi9ons!!  Select!subtle!transi9on!effects!in!most!cases!!  Use!music!to!establish!a!mood!
  46. 46. ClosingTips!  Explore!the!wide!variety!of!free!digital!tools!!!  Watch!lots!of!examples!!  Keep!your!expecta9ons!realis9c!!  Experiment,!play,!have!fun!!
  47. 47. Formoreinfo…Visit:!!hVp://digitalwri9ng101.net! !  Tag:!!digital!storytelling! !  Also!see!Links!page!Contact!me:!!hVp://amygoodloe.com/contact!Please!tell!your!students:! !  ATLAS!3519a900:!!Digital!Storytelling!(Fall!2012)!!!

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