Using Digital Storytelling to introduce RipMixLearners to Technology By  Andre Daniels Digital Media co-ordinator Alice Wa...
Context <ul><li>Digital Media supports academics & students with multimedia-related tasks </li></ul><ul><li>RMLers Project...
Challenges <ul><li>SA’s shortage of required skills </li></ul><ul><li>Once off training have limited impact </li></ul><ul>...
Where did it all start? <ul><li>origins in the work of the nonprofit, Berkeley-based Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS)...
Workshop Process Story circle Script Voiceover/Narration Software training Final Export Screening & evaluation Post-produc...
Software <ul><li>Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Premiere /Moviemaker </li></ul><ul><li>www, e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Scanning ...
Hardware <ul><li>Computer/laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Headsets </li></ul><ul><li>Scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Printer </li></ul>...
Why we use Digital Storytelling?  <ul><li>Develops skills required to work within Digital Media environment </li></ul><ul>...
Method <ul><li>10 RMLers from various faculties </li></ul><ul><li>Write stories of choice of about 500 words </li></ul><ul...
Developing the script <ul><li>Students were asked to write a story of no longer than 500 words on a topic of their choice....
Challenges of our method <ul><li>Can take longer than workshop format to complete </li></ul><ul><li>Requires individual at...
Advantages of our method <ul><li>Skills transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Ample time to gather personal photos </li></ul><ul><li>...
Working with Journalism students <ul><li>4 post-graduate students of Digital cultures course </li></ul><ul><li>Provided te...
Post-production? <ul><li>Conversion and compression </li></ul><ul><li>DVD authoring </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading to RMLsite...
Advantages /pedagogical value <ul><li>e-literacy (File management, Internet browsing and downloading etc.) </li></ul><ul><...
Considerations   <ul><li>Use FOSS/proprietary software? </li></ul><ul><li>Value for student first </li></ul><ul><li>Time i...
Thank you http://www.silencespeaks.org http://www.storiesforchange.net http://free.uwc.ac.za/ripmixlearners
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Andre Daniels: Using Digital Storytelling as an approach to introducing technology skills

  1. 1. Using Digital Storytelling to introduce RipMixLearners to Technology By Andre Daniels Digital Media co-ordinator Alice Wamundiya Shayna Adams Ebrehim Vasta
  2. 2. Context <ul><li>Digital Media supports academics & students with multimedia-related tasks </li></ul><ul><li>RMLers Project started in 2008 as a student-driven approach to creating Open Content </li></ul><ul><li>2005 Introduction to Digital Storytelling </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenges <ul><li>SA’s shortage of required skills </li></ul><ul><li>Once off training have limited impact </li></ul><ul><li>How to keep SA’s occupied when workload is sporadic </li></ul><ul><li>How to create a Community of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping student’s motivated </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where did it all start? <ul><li>origins in the work of the nonprofit, Berkeley-based Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) ( http://www.storycenter.org ). </li></ul><ul><li>2005 Amy Hill and Daniel Weinshencker from the Centre for Digital Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/ AIDS programme </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Support </li></ul>
  5. 5. Workshop Process Story circle Script Voiceover/Narration Software training Final Export Screening & evaluation Post-production
  6. 6. Software <ul><li>Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Premiere /Moviemaker </li></ul><ul><li>www, e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>DVD authoring software </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop /GIMP </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hardware <ul><li>Computer/laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Headsets </li></ul><ul><li>Scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Printer </li></ul><ul><li>Flashdrives </li></ul><ul><li>Paper and pen </li></ul><ul><li>LCD projector & speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Cameras/ cellphones </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why we use Digital Storytelling? <ul><li>Develops skills required to work within Digital Media environment </li></ul><ul><li>We love telling stories </li></ul><ul><li>Fun-aspect </li></ul><ul><li>Helps the development of a community of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages transfer and sharing of skills </li></ul><ul><li>Places the student at the centre of their own learning </li></ul>
  9. 9. Method <ul><li>10 RMLers from various faculties </li></ul><ul><li>Write stories of choice of about 500 words </li></ul><ul><li>Develop scripts </li></ul><ul><li>Stories no longer than 5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Record individual narrations </li></ul><ul><li>Regular feedback via e-mail and one –on one </li></ul>
  10. 10. Developing the script <ul><li>Students were asked to write a story of no longer than 500 words on a topic of their choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Digital Stories were shown to students to give them an idea of what the finished product would look like. </li></ul><ul><li>The stories were e-mailed to me for editing and reworked into a short script. </li></ul>The focus would be on developing the technical skills which allowed greater freedom in forming their script.
  11. 11. Challenges of our method <ul><li>Can take longer than workshop format to complete </li></ul><ul><li>Requires individual attention </li></ul><ul><li>Some students are perfectionists… </li></ul><ul><li>Language barrier </li></ul><ul><li>Personal agendas </li></ul><ul><li>“ older” RMLers procrastinate more on tasks… </li></ul><ul><li>motivation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Advantages of our method <ul><li>Skills transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Ample time to gather personal photos </li></ul><ul><li>Not as emotionally charged </li></ul><ul><li>Good way of getting to know your students and each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages a remix culture </li></ul><ul><li>Students are motivating each other </li></ul>
  13. 13. Working with Journalism students <ul><li>4 post-graduate students of Digital cultures course </li></ul><ul><li>Provided technical support and advice </li></ul><ul><li>5 week course 1 – 2 hour contact time </li></ul><ul><li>Were able to learn from students who were more adept with the technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Students use productions as part of their portfolio </li></ul>
  14. 14. Post-production? <ul><li>Conversion and compression </li></ul><ul><li>DVD authoring </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading to RMLsite </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to e-portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to Youtube </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing tool </li></ul><ul><li>Bragging rights </li></ul>
  15. 15. Advantages /pedagogical value <ul><li>e-literacy (File management, Internet browsing and downloading etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Visual-literacy (pace, timing, transitions etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages a remix culture </li></ul><ul><li>Produce new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Gives “voice” </li></ul><ul><li>Builds self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Process/ workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Analogue world to Digital </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolios </li></ul>
  16. 16. Considerations <ul><li>Use FOSS/proprietary software? </li></ul><ul><li>Value for student first </li></ul><ul><li>Time invested and training needed (fit for purpose) </li></ul><ul><li>Final product ( how can it add value to teaching and learning in an environment of scarce resources) </li></ul><ul><li>Submission formats </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment (What assessment criteria will be used) </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical considerations and ownership </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank you http://www.silencespeaks.org http://www.storiesforchange.net http://free.uwc.ac.za/ripmixlearners

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