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Digital Storytelling For Students With Autism

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  • 1. &
  • 2. definition digital storytelling A narrative (with a personal connection) that is displayed in an engaging multimedia format.
  • 3. guidelines Script is less than 250 words 25 images or less Final version = 3 minutes or less
  • 4. book report not a a quot;digital presentationquot; about George Washington is not a digital story! Why? personal connection
  • 5. this guy unless you’re Why? because he has a personal connection (story) to Washington
  • 6. research educational The purpose of educational research is to create and disseminate knowledge and tools which can be used to improve learning. (Geoff Masters,1999) My Alma Mater … Geaux LSU !!
  • 7. it seems that schools were using Digital Storytelling BEFORE it was “tested” by university research. the anecdotal evidence from schools (mainly in ELA and Social Studies classrooms) seemed to suggest that it was HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
  • 8. eventually… empirical studies began to examine the use of Digital Storytelling for students in the general population
  • 9. need for the present study sought to extend the research base on Digital Storytelling to the Autism population.
  • 10. autism? why students with flexible and creative o individualistic o visually engaging o used in a familiar environment o Digital Storytelling fits the characteristic learning styles of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 11. digital storytelling elements of (from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook) A Digital Story should have… Point of view Soundtrack Dramatic question Economy Emotional content Pacing Voice
  • 12. digital storytelling elements of Point of view Stories are told to make a point and should not be presented as a recitation of mere facts. (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 13. digital storytelling elements of Dramatic Question Pose the dramatic question in the beginning of the story, and resolve near the end (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 14. digital storytelling elements of Emotional Content Keep the story elements (music, images, effects) consistent with the emotion conveyed (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 15. digital storytelling elements of Voice Do not want to sound as if reading from a “script.” Narration in final version should sound conversational (so take the time to learn and practice your script). (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 16. digital storytelling elements of Soundtrack Music can be very useful as a way to support your story. Be careful…select the appropriate music for the idea that is conveyed. Music should reinforce the story…and not become a distraction (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 17. digital storytelling elements of Economy Keep the story moving …through the edit process, you may need to remove some details. Let the audience “fill in the blanks.” (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 18. digital storytelling elements of Pacing Use a consistent pace – the rhythm of the story can be very effective. May need to slow the pace to emphasize a critical part (and change music to reflect this aspect) – overall, story should be consistent. (adapted from the Digital Storytelling Cookbook)
  • 19. study results Highly Effective !! There are no added costs associated with Digital Storytelling. A computer with basic Microsoft (or Apple) software is the only technology needed for this intervention. It is portable – students can create Digital Stories in the classroom and also at home (provided they have access to technology). Particularly, students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder may respond especially well to this intervention.
  • 20. Thank You

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