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  • Have this up as people enter the room
  • Combine Graphics, Text, Audio , Video, MusicTo Communicate about a Theme/ TopicTo Create a Digi-story
  • When the ancient tradition of storytelling meets the digital age, learning blossomsExcitingEngagingCompellingInspiring
  • Life Academy, San Francisco History Project (“Immigration”) Interviewed family members Wrote and Revised scriptsProduced Videos Presented to a Public AudienceWatch this video (“Literacy, ELL, and Digital Storytelling: 21st Century Learning in Action”) to hear these students and their two teachers talk about what made this semester-long history project so powerful for the class and the community.
  • Highlight: Several spoke of how proud they were of what they had written and produced. Others noted that they voluntarily put in more time and effort because they were dealing with issues that mattered to them.Engagement with real-world issuesCareful analysisExcitement about learningInvestment in their own performanceConflict resolutionCommunity Connections
  • Brain-research suggests that human-beings are hardwired to…
  • References Project Learning:Current Research, Benefits, Examples Motivation
  • Encourages research by helping students invest in issues and engagingthem in dynamic, interactive processes of learning.• Fosters critical thinking skills, helping students think more deeply, clearly,and complexly about content, especially when that content is challenging.It gives them practice in the skills of sequencing, logic, and constructinga persuasive argument. Creating storyboards and then editing storiesreinforces these skills.• Encourages students to write and to work at becoming better writers.Many students don’t think of themselves as writers or are daunted by thewriting process. Writing, revising, and editing scripts for digistories makesthis process natural and enjoyable. It promotes student-initiated revisioninstead of editing according to a teacher’s markups or a grade requirement.• Gives students a voice. It empowers them to find their own unique pointof view and relationship to the material they’re investigating and to expressthat viewpoint more fully and clearly. Many students find that sharing theirdigistories is far less threatening than reading their writing out loud.• Tells a personal narrative. Enables students to share about themselves,such as a key turning point in their life or their family history. Digistoriescan embody the story of someone else, where the student takes on theirpersona and shares from their point of view.• Helps students retain knowledge longer. Researchers at GeorgetownUniversity discovered that the emotional aspect of telling stories improveslearning because it helps students remember what they have learned.• Enhances learning by encouraging students to communicateeffectively. It also promotes classroom discussion, community awareness,global awareness, and a connection between what students do in theclassroom and the wider community. Posting students’ digistory projectson class web sites or school portals reinforces these connections andimproves communication.• Helps students make a connection between what they learn in theclassroom and what goes on outside of the classroom. Digistory projectsare geared toward performance, a skill essential for success in the realworld. They also lend themselves naturally to the form of many commonpublic presentations, such as museum docent talks, photo essays, anddocumentary films, giving students practice in real-world skills.• Encourages creativity, helping students open up new ways of thinkingabout and organizing material. This new medium promotes thedevelopment of multiple channel intelligence and communication,blending intellectual thought, research, emotion, and publiccommunication.• Works well with portfolio assessment. For expert advice on how touse electronic portfolios and digital storytelling for “lifelong and life-widelearning,” visit Dr. Helen Barrett’s web site.• Promotes digital literacy. Becoming proficient in digital skills isfundamental to students’ success in the 21st century.1 Knowledge Retention Creativity Portfolio Assessment Learning Skills Education
  • Are critical thinkers.Evaluate information for authenticity, relevance and bias.Evaluate tools for applicability and effectiveness. Intuitively filter and focus.
  • Set the bar high
  • Ref: Pg 5, MS e bookKG, Grade 1-2, Movie, Books we read Grades, Movie, Similar Triangles Grades, Movie, Science Projects Students, Life in Exile Worldwide, Bridges to Understanding 5, e.g. attending a baseball game Grades, e.g. art, heroes, poetry, decisions, 9/11
  • Ref: Pg 6, MS e bookPresentation, Vietnam War Student Projects: Black History Student Projects: More Examples Stories : art, health, language, science, math, culture, personal reflection… for Change: passions, friendships, struggles, illnesses, differences… Storytelling Initiative: showcased stories Township High School: student-made digistories
  • Ref: Pg 7-8, MS e bookHow to use DS in your classroom your students teach you Story Center Cookbook to use Storyboarding on Storyboarding to use images: example of Houston: essentials, tutorials, examples, tips… for DS: case-studies, examples, workshops, articles, books… Citizenship: free curriculum Brear’s Site: a middle school-teacher collection of resources Ormiston’s Site: a collection of resources for educators Rance-Roney’s Article: reflections from a multilingual classroom Resources Digital Stories: Dr Helen Barrett’s tutorial Easy Steps: A tutorial on digital videos
  • Ref: Pg 9, MS e book
  • Ref: Pg 9, MS e bookClassroom Management: roles in creating a digistory evaluating digital projects’s Teacher: DS student rubric of Houston: using rubrics to evaluate digistories
  • Ref: Pg 10, MS e book
  • Ref: MS e book Pg 13 (Tutorials)Pg 14-16 (Projects, Resources)
  • Ref: MS e book Pg 17 (Tutorials)Pg 18-19 (Projects, Resources)
  • Ref: MS e book Pg 20-22 (Projects, Resources, Tutorials)
  • Ref: MS e book : Pg 23-24
  • Ref: MS e book : Pg 2450 Questions for family-history interviews can be an oral-historian on interviewing and recording oral-history
  • Introduce, livebinders linkShow components: PDF, PPT, Rubric, TutorialsShare ideas about how to use the kit


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  • 2. Digital Storytelling
    Its About The Skills Not about the Tools
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  • 6. Digital Storytelling
    … is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.
    -- Digital Storytelling Association
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  • 9. What’s in it for me: Teacher
    Way to present new material
    Way to give background knowledge
    Hook...way to get them to be interested
    Enhancement for current lessons
    Helpful way to retain new information
    "The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling" by Bernard R. Robin
  • 10. What’s in it for me: Teacher
    Research Skills
    Writing Skills
    Organization Skills
    Technology Skills
    Presentation Skills
    Interview Skills
    Interpersonal Skills
    Problem-Solving Skills
    Assessment Skills
    "The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling" by Bernard R. Robin
  • 11. What’s in it for me: Teacher
    Literacy's addressed:
    "The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling" by Bernard R. Robin
  • 12. What’s in it for me: Student
    Generates Interest
    Tunes in to students' creative talents
    Allows for expression of ideas and opinions
    Promotes narration. 
    Appeals to students with diverse learning styles.
    "The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling" by Bernard R. Robin
  • 13. Student Perspective
  • 14. Types of Digital Stories
  • 15. Learning in Action
  • 16. Take-Away’s
  • 17. Teachers’ Observations
  • 18. The Process
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  • 21. Activity
    Excited? Why?
    Elements of the Digital Story?
    Your Definition
  • 22.
  • 23. Hardwiring
  • 24. project-based learning
  • 25. Project Based Learning
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  • 27. Takeaway
  • 28. critical thinking
  • 29. writing
  • 30. voice
  • 31. personal narrative
  • 32. communication
  • 33. real world connections
  • 34. creativity
  • 35. assessment
  • 36. digital literacy
  • 37. Examples: Younger Students
    KG, Presentation, “I am”
    Grade 2, Photo Story, “Osiris”
    Grade 2-3, Photo Story, Projects
  • 38. Examples: Older Students
    Presentation, Immunity
    Movie, Bernoulli Principle
    Photo Story, Puerto Rico
    Digital Storytelling Initiative: My Potato Story
  • 39. Activity
    Benefits in classroom?
    Benefits for students?
  • 40. Creation
  • 41. Takeaway
  • 42. Activity
    Components of a digital story?
  • 43. Collaboration
  • 44. How to work together on a story…
  • 45. How to work together on a story…
  • 46. Summary: Project Guidelines
  • 47. Activity
    Project in mind? Plans?
  • 48. Tools
  • 49. Tools for creating a Digital Story
  • 50. Photostory
  • 51. Activity
    Describe your triumphs and/or frustrations when using Microsoft Photo Story / Windows MovieMaker
  • 52. Examples: PowerPoint Projects
  • 53. Examples: Photo-Story Projects
  • 54. Examples: Photo-Story Projects
  • 55. More Ideas for DS Projects
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  • 57. More Tools for DS Projects
  • 58. Activity
    Tool? Examples of use?
    New tool? Why?
  • 59. Developed from
    Microsoft Digital Storytelling E-book
    Mary Lane Potter
    writer, teacher, editor
  • 60. Learner Kit
  • 61. Tagxedo