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  • Image source: Media literacy has been defined/described as the ability to create and deconstruct the media of the day; digital storytelling fosters media literacy
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  • Digital storytelling invokes higher order thinking skills and connects content area knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and metacognition as described in Robert Marzano's Dimensions of Thinking: Image source:
  • What students must master to succeed The skills themselves aren’t new, it’s HOW they learn, collaborate, and create Image Source:
  • The Center for Digital Storytelling has defined seven elements for creating effective and interesting multimedia stories. Constructing a story is not a simple process that follows a recipe or prescribed formula. These elements require consideration for every story and determining the balance each element occupies in the story can take a lot of thinking and re-thinking.
  • Example projects:
  • Pro account (class subscriptions) lets teachers upload and manage classes VT is most effective when the story leverages commenting Intro to VT: Getting Started Manual:
  • Can export and embed finished product
  • Good opportunity to remind students about CC and copyright, fairuse Good selection of pre-made music on the animoto site
  • You can print/purchase mixbooks besides those you create; discount for educators
  • Digital Storytelling

    1. 1. Digital Storytelling The Power of Text, Audio, Images, and Voice Presented by Patrick Woessner Image Source
    2. 2. What is Digital Storytelling? <ul><li>Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Throughout history, storytelling has been used to share knowledge, wisdom, and values. Stories have taken many different forms. Stories have been adapted to each successive medium that has emerged, from the circle of the campfire to the silver screen, and now the computer screen. – The Digital Storytelling Association </li></ul>Image Source
    3. 3. An Introduction to Storytelling In this example, the narrator ( Daniel Meadows ) provides a personal account about growing up during the period before the advent of personal computers, and how entertainment and important historical events were depicted in the media and helped forge a view of the modern world.
    4. 4. Relevance to Teaching-Learning <ul><li>In [Roger] Schank’s 1992 book, Tell Me a Story , he suggests that the cyclical process of developing increasingly complex levels of stories that we apply to increasingly sophisticated ways to specific situations is one way to map the human cognitive development process. Stories are the large and small instruments of meaning, of explanation, that we store in our memories. – The Digital Storytelling Cookbook </li></ul>Image Source
    5. 5. New Skills for a New Age Image Source
    6. 6. Components of Digital Storytelling
    7. 7. ELEMENTS
    8. 8. Elements of Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Point of View </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic Question </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Content </li></ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul><ul><li>The Soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Pacing </li></ul>
    9. 9. MEDIA
    10. 10. Images: Proper Use & Resources <ul><li>Single works may be used in their entirety, but no more than five images by a single artist or photographer may be used. </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr Creative Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FlickrCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr Storm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More image resources are available here </li></ul>
    11. 11. Audio: Proper Use & Resources <ul><li>Students may use10 percent or 30 seconds (whichever is less) of a musical composition. </li></ul><ul><li>ccMixter </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Archive </li></ul><ul><li>JamStudio </li></ul><ul><li>Soundsnap </li></ul><ul><li>More image resources are available here </li></ul>
    12. 12. Video: Proper Use & Resources <ul><li>Students may use10 percent or three minutes (whichever is less) of “motion media.” </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Archive </li></ul><ul><li>WGBH Sandbox </li></ul><ul><li>Open Video Project </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Education </li></ul>
    13. 13. PROCESS
    14. 14. Process of Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Write script </li></ul><ul><li>Collect assets </li></ul><ul><li>Create storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Draft, edit, and finalize </li></ul><ul><li>Publish and share </li></ul>
    15. 15. PROGRAMS
    16. 16. Tools for Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Match the tool to the task: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo Story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Xtranormal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glogster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animoto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixbook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movie Maker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And 100s more… </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Photo Story 3 for Windows <ul><li>Free program that combines images, text, and narration into a slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>Easy entry point into digital storytelling; can be used K-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Finished projects can be saved as video files and viewed locally or online </li></ul>
    18. 18. VoiceThread <ul><li>A VoiceThread is a web-based, collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos </li></ul><ul><li>Viewers can leave text & audio comments </li></ul><ul><li>Ed.VoiceTread is a secure network for K-12 students and teachers </li></ul>
    19. 19. Xtranormal <ul><li>Xtranormal creates simple movies using 3D characters </li></ul><ul><li>Converts text to speech; add animation, change camera angles, insert sounds and expressions </li></ul><ul><li>Pro account offers more features/options </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li> easily allows users to upload photos, videos, text, and audio to create an online, interactive poster. </li></ul><ul><li>With an EDU account, you can create a virtual classroom for up to 200 students </li></ul><ul><li>Only members of your classroom can view class content </li></ul>
    21. 21. Animoto <ul><li>Create music videos with images, audio, and text that can be viewed on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto for Education allows unlimited uploads for you and your students </li></ul><ul><li>Images and songs can be uploaded; observe Copyright/FairUse </li></ul>
    22. 22. Mixbook <ul><li>Mixbook combines images and text into an e-book that can be viewed online (free) or printed (prices vary) </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates with Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, and other image sites </li></ul><ul><li>Authors can choose who can see their final projects </li></ul>
    23. 23. Movie Maker <ul><li>Free video editing software that combines images, text, audio and video </li></ul><ul><li>Program is intuitive but the Online Help Center has tips and tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Premiere Elements is a more advanced option </li></ul>
    24. 24. Assembling the Pieces Video Text Audio Images Write Script Collect Assets Create Storyboard Draft/Edit/ Finalize Publish and Share Photo Story Voicethread Xtranormal Glogster Animoto Mixbook Movie Maker
    25. 25. Addition Information <ul><li>More information on this topic and presentation can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>Questions or comments? Contact me at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @pcwoessner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul></ul>