We probably all agree that reflection is important – perhaps that is why Plato said “Know thyself” and John Dewey stated” We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.One of the defining characteristics of surface learning is that it does not involve reflection. Reflection is what allows us to learn from our experiences: it is an assessment of where we have been and where we want to go next.
In order to have a certain degree of consistency in the digital stories we have standardized the process of creation….
The Art of Digital Story Telling Riviera Schools Technology Day October 23, 2012 Dr. Melinda PragueProfessor Emeritus, Miami Dade College
The Role of Reflection in the Digital Story ProcessWhy is reflection important for learning? John Dewey has stated, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”
The Role of Reflection in the Digital Story ProcessThe process of reflection allows students tolearn from their experiences: it is anassessment of where they have been andwhere they want to go next.Reflection is the “heart and soul” of a digitalstorytelling.Digital storytelling is a highly motivatingstrategy that can make reflection concrete andvisible. (Barrett).
Digital Stories and The Reflective ProcessStories are products of reflection, but we donot usually hold onto them long enough tomake them objects of reflection in their ownright....
The process…Everyone has a story to tell. Digital Storytellingintegrates spoken narrative with media suchas music, still and moving images to create anevocative personal story.Technology now allows anyone to tell it intheir own way.
The process…Each story needs to develop a very personalpoint, a moral, an a-ha awareness or a specificunderstanding.Students must trust their own voice andemploy a unique approach to tell theirstories.
The process…They may choose to discuss… Defining Moments of Life Who We Are Influencing and Impacting Others Stories of Lessons Learned
The process…But they must keep in mind these reflectivequestions:What have I collected as evidence of life,learning? (artifacts) What do these artifacts show about what Ihave learned?What direction do I want to take in the future?
The Elements…Students must include the seven essential elements of digital story telling: Point of view – An underlying theme, lives on beyond the story itself Dramatic question – A key question that keeps the viewers attention and will be answered by the end of the story. Emotional content – Add depth and meaning, connect with others through the addition of emotion Gift of your voice (first person narrative) – It is you and it makes it your story
The Elements… Power of sound track to add emotion * – Another opportunity to connect emotionally Economy ( 2-4 minutes) – Can you illustrate and tell your story efficiently? Pacing – Having rhythm to sustain interest*When choosing a music soundtrack for your presentation, consider copyright issues! See our link for copyright free resources.
The Steps..Part 1 Define, Collect, Decide1. Select a topic for your digital story.2. Create a folder on the desktop where you can store the materials you find.3. Search for image resources for your story, including: pictures, drawings, photographs, maps, charts, etc. -Save these resources in your folder.4. Try to locate audio resources such as music, speeches, interviews, and sound effects. -Save these resources in your folder.5. Try to find informational content, which might come from web sites, word processed documents, or PowerPoint slides. -Save these resources in your folder.6. Begin thinking of the purpose of your story. Are you trying to inform, convince, provoke, question?
The Steps…Part 2 Select, Import, Create1. Select the images you would like to use for your digital story.2. Select the audio you would like to use for your digital story.3. Select the content and text you would like to use for your digital story.4. Import images into Photo Story or imovie5. Import audio into Photo Story or imovie.6. Modify number of images and/or image order, if necessary.
The StepsPart 3 Decide, Write, Record, Finalize1.Decide on the purpose and point of view of your digital story.2. Write a script that will be used as narration in your digital story AND provides the purpose and point of view you have chosen.3. Use a computer microphone and record the narration of your script.4. Import the narration.5. Finalize your digital story by saving .
The Steps…Part 4 Demonstrate, Evaluate, Replicate1. Show your digital story to your classmates.2. Gather feedback about how the story could be improved, and expanded.3. Teach your classmates how to create their own digital stories.4. Congratulate yourself for a job well done!
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