Digital Storytelling in the Classroom


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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

  1. 1. Digital StorytellingDo you have a story to tell?Presented by:Stephanie Dixon
  2. 2. Stories represent who we are, portray ourlife experiences, and when presented toothers, help connect us to others throughcommon shared experience.David JakesStephanie Dixon
  3. 3. Agenda• Overview/Samples• The Process of Digital Storytelling• Tools of Digital Storytelling• Group Project: Louisiana Products• Presenting and Assessing Digital Stories• Dissemination of Materials• Course EvaluationStephanie Dixon
  4. 4. Think about one of yourfavorite stories…What about the story appealed toyou as a reader or listener?Stephanie Dixon
  5. 5. Characteristics of a good story:• A single theme, clearly defined• A well developed plot• Style: vivid word pictures, pleasing sounds andrhythm• Characterization• Faithful to source• Dramatic appeal• Appropriateness to listenersBaker and Greene, Storytelling: Art and Technique, pp. 28Stephanie Dixon
  6. 6. Digital Storytelling• A story told using digital media such asaudio, video, and images• Under 5 minutes• Can be emotional (affective domain)• Oftentimes personal such as anautobiography• Instructional, persuasive, historical, orreflective• Begins with a script
  7. 7. Bernajean Porter The Art of Digital Stories• Point of View• Elements of a Good Digital Story– Live inside your story– Unfold lesson learned– Develop creative tension– Economize the story told– Show, don’t tell– Develop craftsmanshipStephanie Dixon
  8. 8. Joe LambertThe Center for Digital StorytellingPodcast:•• Dixon
  9. 9. Joe LambertThe Seven Elements of Digital StorytellingPoint of ViewDramatic QuestionEmotional ContentThe Gift of Your VoiceThe Power of the SoundtrackEconomyPacingStephanie Dixon
  10. 10. •• SRN- 6010501Stephanie Dixon
  11. 11. Sample 1 Dixon
  12. 12. Gail Matthews-DeNatale• Combines visual, aural,and kinesthetic learning• Iterative productionprocess encouragesrevisiting, reflecting onmeaning• Increases literacy/fluencyacross media• Connects prior lifeexperiences, course, andother co-curricularlearning• Can be shared beyondacademiaPodcast:•
  13. 13. Carole McCullochUses of DigitalStorytelling:• Demonstrate acompetency• Describe a process• In Portfolios ofachievement• Develop writing skillsand sense of story foryounger studentsWiki: Dixon
  14. 14. Carole McCullochGood Digital Stories:• Are personal• Begin with the story/script• Are concise• Use readily-available source materials• Include universal story elements• Involve collaboration: "Story circles," in whichparticipants give and receive feedback on their storiesand scripts, are an important part of many digitalstorytelling workshops. As Joe Lambert puts it,"Storytelling is meant to be a collaborative art. It is muchmore realistic this way, and much more fun."
  15. 15. Dr. Arnie AbramsDigital Storytelling for All AgesDigital Stories OftenInclude:• Digital images• Video clips• Narration• Music, sound effects• Transitions• Words/TextHandout: Dixon
  16. 16. Sample 2 Dixon
  17. 17. Benefits• Address multiple learning modalities• Visual and multimedia literacy• Foster sense of individuality andownership• Deeper thinking as a result of organizingand synchronizing media• Competitive Voice- ability to distributestory to a world wide audience (DavidJakes) Stephanie Dixon
  18. 18. NETS 2007Creativity &InnovationCommunication &CollaborationResearch &InformationFluency Critical Thinking,Problem Solving &Decision-MakingDigital CitizenshipTechnologyOperations &Concepts
  19. 19. Partnership for 21st CenturySkills• Creativity and Innovation Skills• Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingSkills• Communication and Collaboration SkillsArticulating thoughts and ideas clearly andeffectively through speaking and writingStephanie Dixon
  20. 20. Student Profiles6-8:Create original animations or videos documenting school,community, or local events. (1, 2, 6)9-12:Create and publish an online art gallery with examples andcommentary that demonstrate an understanding ofdifferent historical periods, cultures, and countries. (1, 2)
  21. 21. Sample 3 Dixon
  22. 22. Home is Where You Find It2009 My HeroFilm Festival Winner Dixon
  23. 23. Other Samples•••
  24. 24. Tips• Beginning, middle, and end• Enhance with original art, photographs,and other artifacts• Point of view• Music that aids in the progression of thestoryStephanie Dixon
  25. 25. David JakesThe Digital Story ProcessWriteWrite some moreStoryboardLocate resourcesCreateShareStephanie Dixon
  26. 26. Jason Ohler•• Example: “A GoodDad” Dixon
  27. 27. Storyboarding• Mapping out the story• Organizing ideas• Can use index cards, Word, PowerPoint,Inspiration, Google Docs/NotebookStephanie Dixon
  28. 28. Digital Storytelling Steps• Develop your story• Write your script• Create a storyboard• Gather media (audio, music, video,images, etc.)• Build the story (pull all the media together)• Share your storyStephanie Dixon
  29. 29. Topic Ideas• Interview• Myth or legend• The perfect vacation• Recipe• A character• Inspirational stories• Taboo topics• Events andexperiences• Survival• Discovery• Accomplishment• Adventure• Loss• LegacyStephanie Dixon
  30. 30. The ToolsNarration Video Music Images SoftwareAudacity- editor Flip Your owntaken with acameraMovie MakerBasic- WindowsSoundRecorder (.wav)Vado DiscoveryEducationMicrosoftPhotoStoryRecorder builtinto MovieMaker,PhotoStory AmericanMemoryAdobePremiereElementsDigitalVideoRecorderNationalArchivesiMovie
  31. 31. Creating a Sample DigitalStoryTopic: 21st Century TechnologyCreate a video that depicts the technologyused today.• Find the folder with the saved images• Use the images to create a simple videousing Photostory• Each slide must have text• Use the music creator in Photostory• Save the project as a video!
  32. 32. A few thoughts…• Copyright/Fair Use for Educators- seechart• Digital Citizenship-• Authorship on the web– Grammar/content/accuracy– Ownership?Stephanie Dixon
  33. 33. Web-based Video Production• take images andmusic• – takes images,video, and narration• - animatedStephanie Dixon
  34. 34. Image Editing Sites•• http://bighugelabs.comStephanie Dixon
  35. 35. Collaborative Activity• Groups of 3• Create a 1-2 minute digital story based onassigned product• Write script• Create storyboard• Gather media (images, video, audio,narration, PPT slides, etc.)• Build story• Assess using rubricStephanie Dixon
  36. 36. Louisiana ProductsOptions:• Informational• Documentary• Interview• Select product• Create folder ondesktop; sharedfolder• Gather researchinformation• Write script• Digital photos• Video footage• Pull all into MovieMaker and Narrate!
  37. 37. Products to choose from:• Louisiana Fish Fry• Tabasco Sauce• Louisiana Hot Sauce• Steen’s Syrup• Camellia Beans• Zatarain’s mix• Community Coffee• Zapp’s• Tony Chachere’sStephanie Dixon
  38. 38. Media• Text• Video Footage• Images• Music• NarrationStephanie Dixon
  39. 39. Your Tools• Narration- Microphones• Digital Video Clips- Vado Camera• Text on Slides- Microsoft PowerPoint• Digital Images- Digital Camera, Webimages• Music-• Software- Movie Maker• Video and Images- Discovery EducationStephanie Dixon
  40. 40. Vado Pocket Video Camera• Computer may need XVID Codec• The Vado software should have the fileIf not…• - run thefile on the computerStephanie Dixon
  41. 41. Start by importing your video,images and other media.
  42. 42. Storyboard and Timeline Viewdrag video and images fromCollections in the order you wantthem to appearCollectionsThis is where the images, video,sounds you import will becontained.Stephanie Dixon
  43. 43. Key Terms• Collection – all of the media you importinto the program• Project- work in progress. You cancontinue to edit a project (.mswmm file)• Movie- the final project you save by usingthe Save Movie Wizard (.wmv file)Stephanie Dixon
  44. 44. Digital Storytelling Resources••••• Dixon
  45. 45. Assessing Digital Stories• Jason Ohler- Dixon
  46. 46. Digital Storytelling Guide forEducators• By Midge Frazel• Published by ISTEStephanie Dixon
  47. 47. Thank you!Stephanie