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Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. Digital Storytelling Jessica Fries-Gaither Ohio State University
  2. 2. About me… <ul><li>Science Resource Specialist, Ohio State </li></ul><ul><li>Certified middle school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>science teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taught 4 th – 8 th grade in a variety of settings (and two states) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Knowledge Rating: Digital Stories <ul><li>I have no idea what digital stories are! </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve seen the term, but that’s it! </li></ul><ul><li>I can explain what digital stories are to someone else. </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: </li></ul>Knowledge rating adapted from: http://www.lpb.org/education/classroom/itv/litlearn/strategies/strat_2krating.pdf
  4. 4. What is a digital story? <ul><li>Short piece (three to five minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of narrative, still images or video, and music </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia autobiography </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Center for Digital Storytelling http://www.storycenter.org/stories/index.php?cat=3 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seven elements of a traditional digital story <ul><li>Point/point of view </li></ul><ul><li>A dramatic question </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional content </li></ul><ul><li>The gift of your voice </li></ul><ul><li>The power of the soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Pacing </li></ul>
  6. 6. Creating a digital story <ul><li>Write a script (10-20 sentences) </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Revise, revise, revise! </li></ul><ul><li>Record audio </li></ul><ul><li>Insert images, transitions, soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Publish to web </li></ul>
  7. 7. Storyboard Template Sample template available from: http://telr.osu.edu/storytelling/forms/Script%20Template.doc Script (What I will read) Image and Sounds
  8. 8. Software, Images, Audio <ul><li>Mac: Garage Band, iMovie PC: Audacity or Goldwave, Microsoft Photo Story or Windows Movie Maker </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons licensed images (Flickr), music (ccMixter) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Publishing and Sharing Digital Stories <ul><li>Upload to TeacherTube or SchoolTube </li></ul><ul><li>Embed in class blog or web site </li></ul><ul><li>Class “screening” of digital stories </li></ul>
  10. 10. Digital Storytelling in the Content Areas <ul><li>Dramatize scientific discoveries </li></ul><ul><li>Abbreviated biographies </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate understanding of science concepts that follow a narrative format </li></ul><ul><li>Experimental set-up and procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Link claims to evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Review concepts at end of a unit </li></ul><ul><li>Formative/summative assessment </li></ul>
  11. 11. Getting Started… <ul><li>Try it yourself first! </li></ul><ul><li>Set a clear purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Enlist support from colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support for students </li></ul><ul><li>Consider how you’ll assess </li></ul>
  12. 12. Content Area Digital Stories <ul><li>Polar Sense of Place: </li></ul><ul><li>http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/polar/2008/07/08/braving-the-wilderness-a-polar-digital-story/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Center for Digital Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.storycenter.org/index1.html </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>http://its.ksbe.edu/dst/ </li></ul><ul><li>Using Technology to Support Literacy http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=244 </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.iste.org/source/orders/isteProductDetail.cfm?product_code=DIGSTO </li></ul>

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