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The project deconstructed


Presentation given at MCPS School Library Media Programs' (SLMP) Professional Day, August 19, 2010

Presentation given at MCPS School Library Media Programs' (SLMP) Professional Day, August 19, 2010

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  • Here, we want to focus on how to use the talents of the staff in the building and work with people on projects that are advantageous to all parties. Explain how it makes sense for Library Media and Staff Development to work together….and why we had common objectives. Our process of the rolling meetings was already established at WCHS, so we piggybacked on that. The rolling meetings were informal learning environment as opposed to formal, required events. This
  • Here, we want to focus on how to use technology software that is already available on the school profile to avoid complicated issues, i.e., how to download at school, how to give access to students for home use, etc. Teachers do not always have to have all of the answers; students can teach each other (and us) how to use the tools.
  • Be strategic with who you work with first: Match the right tools with the appropriate teacher/students/projectBridge students needed a different mode of presenting their product than a traditional, written research paperTeacher was willing to be flexible and accept technology difficulties that we encountered. She displayed a desire and interest during our rolling meetings. We had previously established open communication and when the opportunity arose, we took advantage.The “Global Issues” research assignment in English 11 lent itself to a digital storytelling product. The students were able to research their issue and present a compelling story in order to accomplish the same task that a traditional paper did; almost with better success (the images, video, voice, engagement). Assessment: a rubric can allow for assessment of the quality of research, the content of research, students’ creativity, ethical use of information,
  • We didn’t actually use for this project; but would like to use in future…you may need to ask ITSS to add it to the school profile (Windows Accessories)
  • After completion of the project, analyze with all parties:The successesAreas for improvementUpgrades for future projectsImpact on Student LearningShowcase the project with administrators and staff; which will result in more interestPlant seeds throughout conversations with people holding power (not just admin/RTs; but the cultural power players in the building regardless of their title)


  • 1.
    The Project Deconstructed
    Andrea Christman, Rosa Parks MS
    Ilyssa Weiss, Winston Churchill HS
    digital story (dig·i·talsto·ry)A short, first-person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds.
  • 2. Leverage—People Resources
    Tap into the expertise of the staff
    Nurture existing relationships
    Utilize common objectives
  • 3. Leverage—Technology Resources
    Utilize technology already available in schools
    Examine the use of free tools
    Allow students discover the software
  • 4. Finding the Right Project
    The students
    The teacher
    The content
    The assessment
  • 5. MovieMaker
    Free with Windows XP
    On School Profile
    Simple Interface
    Still Images + Video
    • Voice OR Music (not both)
    • 6. Images work better than Video
    • 7. Narration required Planning & Provisioning
  • 8. PhotoStory 3
    Free Download for PCs
    Wizard-based Screens
    Can Use Both Narration and Music
    Can Create Music Within Application
    • Only for Still Images
    • 9. Need to Save Twice: Original format (.wp3) and Published format (.wmv)
  • 10. Build Momentum
  • 13. Resources
    Teaching with Digital Video edited by Glen L. Bull and Lynn Bell
    Teaching with Digital Images edited by Glen L. Bull and Lynn Bell
    • (download PhotoStory 3)
    • 14. (Center for Digital Storytelling Resources)
    • 15. (David Jakes PhotoStory 3 Tutorials)