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  1. 1. The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Bernard Robin College of Education University of Houston
  2. 2. What is Digital Storytelling? • Combining the art of telling stories with some mixture of digital graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and music to present information on a specific topic. • Revolve around a theme and often contain a particular viewpoint; stories are typically just a few minutes long.
  3. 3. Types of Digital Stories -1 • Personal Narratives as described by the CDS: • Character Stories – explore how we love, who we are inspired by, and the importance of finding meaning in our relationships. • Memorial Stories – deal with memories of people who are no longer with us. These stories are often difficult but are emotionally powerful and can help with the grieving process. • Stories about Events in Our Lives • Adventure Stories – revolve around places we visit and adventures we have in our travels. • Accomplishment Stories – deal with achieving goals and understanding defining moments in our lives. • Stories about Places in Our Lives – examine the important places in our lives: our homes, our towns, and our experiences that connect us to our communities. • Stories about What We Do – allow us to talk about our jobs, professions and careers in terms of how we value and find meaning in the work we do. • Other Personal Stories • Recovery Stories – deal with how we overcome great obstacles and challenges in our lives. • Love Stories – provide us with an opportunity to share some of the most meaningful parts of our lives with the people we most cherish. • Discovery Stories – let us reflect on what we have learned and illustrate our journeys of discovery.
  4. 4. Tools We Use • Photo Story 3 (Free from Microsoft) • System Requirements (Requires Windows XP & Windows Media Player 10) • Stories Can Be Converted with Premiere Elements for Playback on Apple Computers or Older Versions of Windows
  5. 5. Types of Digital Stories -1 • Examples of Personal Narratives • Almost Paradise • The Computer and I • Fleeing Hurricane Rita • Coming to Houston • My Mama
  6. 6. Types of Digital Stories -2 • Examination of Historical Themes and Events • Based on Material Students Explore • Facilitates Research and Organizational Skills • Needs to Go Beyond the Digitized “MTV Video” or the “Encyclopedia Entry”* * Digital Storytelling: Moving from Promise to Practice Mark Hofer, College of William & Mary, USA; Kathleen Owings Swan, University of Kentucky, USA - 4:00pm Wednesday, Universal E1
  7. 7. Types of Digital Stories -2 • Examples of Historical Digital Stories • The Gettysburg Address • Race to the Moon • The Holocaust • Hiroshima
  8. 8. Types of Digital Stories -3 • Stories that Inform or Instruct • Can be Argued that All Digital Stories Inform (or Instruct) • But the Distinction is that Digital Stories Can Be Created that Deliver Instructional Content on Many Different Topics, Including: Math, Science, Language Arts, Medicine, etc.
  9. 9. Types of Digital Stories -3 • Examples of Stories that Inform or Instruct • Geometry: Art & Architecture - Using the van Hiele Levels of Geometric Understanding to Improve Student Achievement • Pinhole Cameras • Aging Well
  10. 10. An Effective Tool for Teachers • Stories Created by Teachers Can Serve: • As a Lesson Hook • As a Way to Integrate Multimedia into the Curriculum • As a Way to Make Difficult Content More Understandable • To Facilitate Classroom Discussion
  11. 11. An Effective Learning Tool for Students • Research Skills • Writing Skills • Organization Skills • Technology Skills • Presentation Skills • Interview Skills • Interpersonal Skills • Problem-Solving Skills • Assessment Skills
  12. 12. Student Literacy • Digital Literacy • Global Literacy • Technology Literacy • Visual Literacy • Information Literacy
  13. 13. Challenges to Students Creating Digital Stories • Trouble Formulating a Sound Argument • Less Interest in the Storytelling • Access to Technology Hardware and Software • Limited Ability to Save from the Internet • Time Consuming • Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues
  14. 14. Research on the Impact of Digital Storytelling Educators who ARE Using DS: • How are you using Digital Storytelling? • Are you creating digital stories to show to your students? • Are you teaching your students to create their own digital stories? • If students are using Digital Storytelling, what are the outcomes? Have you demonstrated Digital Storytelling to others? If so, to other teachers? Who else? • Do you feel that Digital Storytelling has changed your teaching practice?
  15. 15. Research on the Impact of Digital Storytelling Educators who ARE NOT Using DS: • Why are you not using Digital Storytelling? What are the obstacles? • Do you have questions about how to use Digital Storytelling in your instruction? • Are you experiencing technical problems? If so, what problems are you having? • Are you interested in additional Digital Storytelling training sessions? • Are there other issues that are preventing you from using Digital Storytelling in your instruction? • Are you planning to use Digital Storytelling in the future?
  16. 16. More Research on Digital Storytelling Helen Barrett's Research Design: • How do digital stories provide evidence of deep learning? • Under what conditions can digital stories be used to support assessment for learning? • Under what conditions do students take ownership of their digital stories? • What are the benefits of developing digital stories as perceived by students, teachers, administrators, and/or parents? • What are perceived obstacles to implementing digital storytelling with P-12 students and how can they be overcome? • How does the quality of paper-based reflection differ from digital stories?
  17. 17. University of Houston’s Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Website