Digital Story in a Classroom


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A presentation designed for teachers to promote effective technology applications in teaching and learning. Focus is on digital story telling and ways of passing technology to students to engage them in expressing ideas and developing new literacies.

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Digital Story in a Classroom

  1. 1. Session 3 (On-line): Digital Media Projects in Classroom: Digital Storytelling Making your teaching more effective through Technology
  2. 2. Growth of Digital Information Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click Click
  3. 3. Communication today is more <ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimodal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive … </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Multimedia Narratives <ul><ul><li>Check some of professional multimedia narratives from this site: </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Here is one of a very interesting interactive narrative:
  6. 6. Digital Media Projects in the Classroom <ul><ul><li>Central idea of this presentation is that we should engage students to present their ideas, knowledge and information in interactive, visual, dynamic and multimodal ways. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology should be placed in students hands to fuse their creative potential and enable them to develop contemporary sets of literacies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students should engage to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>design rather than write, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>develop digital essays, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>express rather than reproduce, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>create rather than copy </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Digital Media Projects in the Classroom <ul><ul><li>Lesson Plans for use of technology: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1001 Uses for a Digital Camera: qvuses.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling is one populate technique in a class for student to engage with technology in expressing, communication and creating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language teaching is no longer bounded to speaking listening, writing and reading but should also include viewing and representing </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of Digital Stories by School Students <ul><ul><li>Examples of Digital Stories form University of Houston’s “Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To see more examples of digital story, just go to and search for ‘digital story’ </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Kinds of Digital Stories <ul><ul><li>Character Stories – explore how we love, who we are inspired by, our relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorial Stories – memories of people who are no longer with us. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories about an events in or lives …adventure and accomplishment stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories about places in our lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories about what we do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other personal stories…recovery, love, discovery stories </li></ul></ul>Source: Lambert, Joe (2003). Digital Storytelling Cookbook and Traveling Companion . Berkeley: Digital Diner Press. Available at
  10. 10. Story Development -- Technical Add Background Music and Record Narration Add transitions Adjust Image Adjust Image
  11. 11. Story Development -- Process 7. Deliver Story 6. Export Video 5. Develop Story 4. Collect Material 3. Design Storyboards 2. Conduct Research 1. Select Topic <ul><ul><li>Assemble Material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set Transitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Narrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add sounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Prototype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scan Images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take Photographs & Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect Clipart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet – web pages, blogs,… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PC, DVD, CD Rom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handheld Devices </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Creating Digital Story <ul><ul><li>Contemporary Tools allow easy creating of Digital Stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I recommend Microsoft Photo Story because it is powerful enough, free of charge and extremely user-friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can also explore possibility to use Windows Moviemaker (also free) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Delivering Digital Story
  14. 14. Assessing Digital Stories of Students Beneath story: storyboards, story maps , scripts, photos, footage, music, logs, media lists, narratives, treatments…lots of writing “under the radar” …if it ain’t on the page… Final digital story is just tip of artifact/assessment iceberg… Source: Digital stories,
  15. 15. Let’s Try Photo Story <ul><ul><li>You can download and install Photo Story from Microsoft for free: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download media you need for practice from: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo Story tutorial is available at : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Photo Story and let’s begin… </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Photostory files Photostory Project File Final Video
  17. 17. Digital Story (Getting Images) <ul><ul><li>Take photos with digital camera or phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw with hands and scan it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw with a computer (e.g., Photoshop) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use royalty free images (e.g., http :// / and consider using images licensed under Creative Commons (e.g., http:// / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DO NOT use any image found on the Internet without checking if you have a permission to use it. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Digital Story Task Work in your group to develop a digital story on a topic of your choice. Try to do it on something related to your teaching, perhaps something that you can use in your Lesson Plan assignment.  Present your Digital Story in your group blog portfolio In your blog, also write short reflection about how you might use digital storytelling in your class Some interesting possibilities for digital storytelling in animated way is available on the Internet:  e.g. http:// / or http :// /
  19. 20. MovieMakaer <ul><ul><li>You might want to try MovieMaker instead of Photostory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download some video and image files from </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This folder contains some images and videos I made while I was walking around our University. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are Mac user, consider using iMovie. </li></ul><ul><li>There also various web site… </li></ul><ul><li>Try… </li></ul>
  20. 21. For Further Reading and Research <ul><ul><li>Photo Story Tutorial from The Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Story Cookbook by Joe Lambert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Houston’s Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling: </li></ul></ul>