Digital Authoring Step 1: Choosing a topic Step 2: Research Step 3: Scripting and Developing a Storyboard Step 4:Gather and/or create audio, video, and image Step 5: Put it all together Step 6: Share Step 7: Feedback and Reflect
Step 1: Choosing a topic There are a variety of ways to choose a topic. Things to consider: Is this project going to be something the students will use to expand on a subject? OR Is this project a way for the students to learn about a subject? Fiction OR Non-Fiction Group OR IndependentFigure out a timeline and consider the amount of work that will be going into this project. It will help with deciding on a topic.
Step 2: Research Now that the topic is selected...How will the students learn the content? Books Textbooks Websites Search Engines etc. How will they be researching? Taking notes (notecards) Answering predetermined questions Reading a book etc.
Step 3: Scripting and Developing a Storyboard Compile all the research. Find your voice. Write a script.Complete a storyboard with ideas and sketch- es. Map out everything you will need.
Step 4:Gather and/or create image, video, audio, and text Images: Use a digital camera to take pictures.Use creative commons images from websites.Digitally draw images. (KidPix, TuxPaint, etc.) Video: Film live video with a video camera. Find creative commons videos online.Create Flash animations (Scratch, Gamemaker- More info on following page.) Audio: Record and mix sounds. (Garageband, Audacity, MixCraft, etc.)Creative Commons audio can be found online. Text: Wordle, WordArt, Typefaces*This is a great place to teach about copyright*
Scratch “Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactivestories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web” Free of charge for both Mac and PCThe students create stories, games, and anima-tions by snapping together blocks that program objects.
Step 5: Put it all togetherThere are a variety of programs that will allow you to take all your media and combine it. iMovie (Mac) Movie Maker (PC) Garageband (Mac) PowerPoint (Mac and PC) Keynote (Mac)
Step 6: Share Students should share their work with their classmates.It is important that they can share their knowl- edge and show the work they put into it. They can also be posted to: School websites Classroom blogs and/or wikis TeacherTube or YouTube
Step 7: Feedback and Reflect Assess through the process.Develop a rubric for the students to follow Grade according to that rubric.Allow for the students to reflect on BOTH their work and the process.