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Digital storytelling eifel2012


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Presentation at ePIC conference, London, July 9, 2012.

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Digital storytelling eifel2012

  1. 1. Tell your Story in Digital Video created with mobile devices Dr. Helen Barrett Twitter: @eportfolios Google+: Helen Barrett
  2. 2. Outline of Presentation Why? The Power of Digital Storytelling in ePortfolios How? Apps & online tools to create digital stories Sequence of activities to construct a digital story
  3. 3. VoiceIndividual Identity Reflection Meaning Making New Literacy
  4. 4. The Importance of Voice “When words are infused by the human voice, they come alive.” - Maya Angelou
  5. 5. Why Digital Stories in ePortfolios? Reflection is the “heart and soul” of portfolios Digital Stories can humanize any model of ePortfolio Digital Stories add VOICE
  6. 6. Portfolio tells a Story"A portfolio tells a story.It is the story of knowing. Knowingabout things... Knowing oneself...Knowing an audience... Portfoliosare students own stories of whatthey know, why they believe theyknow it, and why others should beof the same opinion.”(Paulson & Paulson, 1991, p.2)
  7. 7. Helping Students Tell Their StoriesCOLLECT more than text documents– Pictures– Audio– VideoFocus on REFLECTION over timeHelp students make CONNECTIONSSupport multimedia presentation formats
  8. 8. Reflection:The “Heart and Soul” of a Portfolio
  9. 9. Digital Storytelling ProcessLearners create a 1– 4 minutedigital video clip– First person narrative [begins with a written script ~ 400 words]– Told in their own voice [record script]– Illustrated (mostly) by still images– Music track to add emotional tone
  10. 10. Digital Storytelling Process
  11. 11. Mobile Devices (iOS) Apps
  12. 12. LucyCreated on iPod Touch with StoryRobe
  13. 13. Elements of a Digital StoryOverall Purpose of 1. Pacing of thethe Story NarrativeNarrator’s Point of 2. MeaningfulView Soundtrack- Emotional Content 3. Quality of theA Dramatic Question Images(or Questions) 4. Economy of theChoice of Content Story DetailClarity of Voice 5. Good Grammar and Language Usage
  14. 14. 1. Overall Purpose for StoryMy Sister Sara – Family Stories – Heritage School, Anchorage, 2005
  15. 15. 2.Narrator’s Point of View -- Emotional ContentTrey – “I am From” – Bremerton High School, 2009
  16. 16. 3. Dramatic Question(s)James – I am From – Bremerton High School, 2009
  17. 17. 4. Choice of ContentJan Jimenez – Bremerton High School, 2009
  18. 18. 5. Clarity of Voice6. Pacing of Narrative Aimee’s Soccer Story
  19. 19. 7. Meaningful SoundtrackUse royalty-free or CreativeCommons MusicUse sound effects instead ofmusicWrite your own!
  20. 20. 8. Quality of the ImagesUse Creative CommonsAdvanced Image Search (Flickr)Use “labeled for reuse” inGoogle Images advanced searchUse your own pictures(digital camera or scan photos)
  21. 21. 9. Economy of Story DetailKISS: Keep it Simple, StudentFocus on essential elements of storyLeave out unnecessary details
  22. 22. A Dozen Purposes for Digital Storytelling Introduction of Self Rich Multimedia – Voice & Personality Artifacts – Legacy – Evidence of – Biography Collaboration – Documentary – Memoir – Record of Experience Reflection – Oral Language – Transition Development – Decision & Direction – Benchmarking Development – Change over Time
  23. 23. Voice & PersonalityVoice is often missing from electronicportfolios, both literally andrhetorically.A digital story provides that voice:listening to the author, we hear a realperson, getting a sense of their uniquepersonality.For young children, do an interview!
  24. 24. Tori – 1 Grade stQuickTime required:
  25. 25. LegacyDigital stories can provide us with anopportunity to leave a legacy of ourfamily stories for those who comeafter us.Legacy stories are usually told abouta person or place.
  26. 26. Biography A biography provides the facts about a life, whether of the storyteller or another person.Victoria’s 2nd Grade Autobiography
  27. 27. Victoria’s 2nd Grade Autobiography
  28. 28. Tori – 2 Grade nd
  29. 29. MemoirWhereas a legacy story is told for orabout another person or place, a memoiris very personal, told in the first person,focusing on the memories of thestoryteller.Memoirs are autobiographical in nature,but are much more personal andreflective.They are often much longer than a typicaldigital story.
  30. 30. Reflection - TransitionSome learners reflect on the majorchanges or transitions in their lives.Reflection can help us make sense ofthese changes.Telling digital stories could also helpthe transition to retirement or any othermajor life change.Coming Full Circle (link from web page)
  31. 31. Norm Sutaria
  32. 32. Deana
  33. 33. Reflection - DecisionDigital stories can be used to eitherweigh the options in a decision to bemadeor document the process used tomake decisions. Choices (embedded on web page)
  34. 34. Reflection – Retrospective “Good Moring Sunshines”Erin, CDS, August 2009
  35. 35. Benchmarking Developmentat each point (of development) adigital story snapshot would bean extremely appropriate part ofa portfolio
  36. 36. Change over timeMaintain a collection of work over timeRecognize when growth and change hasoccurredReflect on the changes they see in theirown performanceProcess has the potential to increasestudents’ self esteem.
  37. 37. Tori – 6 grade poemthQuickTime Required: (Victoria, 2007)
  38. 38. Evidence of CollaborationMuch of the work in both schoolsand the workplace is the result ofcollaborationa digital story could provideexplanation of the process.
  39. 39. Legacy
  40. 40. DocumentaryA digital video can take the place of aresearch paper or a PowerPointpresentation.Story takes on characteristics of adocumentary, often fact-based withoutemotional content. What is Digital Storytelling? (link from web page)
  41. 41. What is Digital Storytelling
  42. 42. Record of ExperienceOften no concrete product that can berepresented in a discrete artifact.could be used to reflect on and documentan experiencecould provide the final evidence of aproject-based learning activity Chevak (link from web page)
  43. 43. Chevak(student teacher, Alaska, 2001)
  44. 44. Oral Languagelearning to speak in a second languageearly childhood students learning to read intheir native languagelearners record their voice, speaking orreading out loud at different stages ofdevelopmentdemonstrating growth over time."podcast" could be an audio-only digital storywithout the visual component
  45. 45. Rich Digital ArtifactsShowcase student workwith explanatory narrative
  46. 46. Naya’s PortfolioNaya, Anchorage School District, May 2000
  47. 47. Voice = Authenticitymultimedia expands the "voice" inan electronic portfolio(both literally and rhetorically)personality of the author is evidentgives the reflections a uniqueness
  48. 48. Tori - KindergartenQuickTime Required: (Victoria, Kindergarten, 2003)
  49. 49. How to Develop Digital Stories Process and Tools
  50. 50. Process to develop digital stories1. Script development: write the story, often with a group called a story circle to provide feedback and story development ideas2. Record the author reading the story (audio recording and editing)3. Capture and process the images to further illustrate the story (image scanning and editing)4. Combine audio and images (and any additional video) onto a timeline, add music track (video editing)5. Present or publish finished version of story
  51. 51. ToolsMacintosh Web 2.0 iOS Windows Write script: GoogleDocs GoogleDocs Any word any word procssor processor Myna (Aviary) AudioBoo, Voice Memos Record Audio: Audacity Audacity Adobe PS Aviary Tools Express, Picasa3 /GarageBand (image editors) PhotoEditor Edit images: HD, TouchUp iPhoto Animoto, VoiceThread, Storyrobe, MovieMaker2 ReelDirector PhotoStory3 Edit video: YouTube, iMovie, Splice, iMovie Stupeflix Avid Studio
  52. 52. What’s Your Story? Richness not possible in printAudiences worldwide but most likely small and intimate.
  53. 53. Convergence
  54. 54. This following Word Cloud was created collaboratively by educators around world, who contributed keywords that came to their mind when thinking about Digital Storytelling. Words that appear larger were used by more contributors.
  55. 55. What is the process?
  56. 56. Step 1: Decide on the Story You Want to TellStories 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
  57. 57. An Effective Learning Tool for StudentsResearch Skills Interview SkillsWriting Skills InterpersonalOrganization SkillsSkills Problem-SolvingTechnology Skills SkillsPresentation AssessmentSkills Skills
  58. 58. Step 2: Gather Your Materials Start gathering photos, digital video, flyers, mementos — anything that holds emotional resonance. Dont think you have to go out and visually capture a story with a camcorder or camera. Use what you have! Export Powerpoint slides to JPEG (Save As…) Capture digital photos with any camera (including cell phones)• Get permissions for using images of students OR learn how to take anonymous photos (no faces)
  59. 59. Step 3: Begin Writing Your Script• Play out a rough story in your head.• Sketch out a script that youll soon record with your own voice. People want to hear a personal voice. Get personal. Write lousy first drafts. Dont edit as you go.• Write short. Youll be surprised at how much you can convey with a few words and some key images. Read your script aloud as youre fine-tuning it. Dont hold back. Be real.
  60. 60. Script writing (cont.)• Look for a narrative arc for your story. All stories — even three-minute gems — have a beginning, middle, and end.• Work on the pace. Many consider pacing to be the true secret of successful storytelling. The rhythm and tempo of a story is what sustains an audiences interest. Trust your voice. All of us have our own distinctive style of storytelling. Trust yours. Read your script to a friend when you think youve finished.
  61. 61. Step 4: Prep Your Equipment• A desktop computer or laptop.• Video software such as Apple iMovie, MovieMaker2 or PhotoStory3. A (desktop) scanner, if you want to include traditional photos in your story.Additionally, if you plan to record interviews, youll need: A recording device: for video, a camcorder; for audio, a portable digital recorder or an analog cassette recorder (if you use analog video or audio, youll also need to convert it to digital). A handheld microphone for audio interviews. Headphones.
  62. 62. Step 5: Create a Storyboard• A storyboard is simply a place to plan out a visual story on two levels: 1) Time — What happens in what order? and 2) Interaction — How does the voiceover and music work with the images or video?• A good rule of thumb is to use no more than 15 images and no more than two minutes of video. As a general rule, four to six seconds is the ideal time for an image to appear on-screen,
  63. 63. I. Script• Look at examples of specific stories on the WWW.• Use the Script template, answering these questions: • Who is your audience? • What is your dramatic question? You may want to go over your script with a facilitator before recording your voice-overs. Use GoogleDocs to share your story for feedback DEMO – Script in GoogleDocs
  64. 64. What’s Your Story? Conducting a Story Circle
  65. 65. II. Record Voice NarrationUse a microphone andtransfer your audio clipsto your computer. Easi-Speak
  66. 66. Mobile Devices (Chrome & iOS)• Recording Script- Audio Recording Apps
  67. 67. How? Recording Digital Audio• On a computer* On a digital tape recorder• On an iOS device * Requires software
  68. 68. On a Computer • Software: Audacity (free) • Recommend using external Microphone • Need a Computer (less portability)Samson USB Mic
  69. 69. Audio Editing Software • Audacity (free download) Audacity Tutorial Garage Band • DEMO
  70. 70. On a Digital Recorder • Portable • Digital= Good Quality but Expensive • Analog= Lower Quality but Cheap • Transfer into computer – Digital = file – Analog = cable+software
  71. 71. Step 6: Record a Voice- Over• On a computer* (use Audacity) - using external Microphone (record your voice-over at the same quality level that you record your musical soundtrack: 16-bit, 44 kHz.) On a digital tape recorder Digital= Good Quality but Expensive Speak slowly in a – Analog= Lower Quality but Cheap conversational Transfer into computer voice. Dont make Digital = file it sound like youre – Analog = cable+software reading from a script.
  72. 72. Step 7: Digitize Your Media• If youre using photos, youll need a flatbed scanner. Scan them and save them to a single folder on your computer. (200 dots per inch)• If youre using digital photos, make sure theyre in JPEG format. Keep in mind that your video will be horizontal in form, so crop accordingly. Dont distort vertical photos into horizontal ones, but realize that strong vertical shapes will appear with lots of black on both sides.
  73. 73. Mobile Devices (Chrome & iOS)• Recording Script- Image editing apps
  74. 74. III. Images Scanned and SizedWhen searching Googleimages, select only the Largeor Extra Large images(Size: Larger than 640x480)Scanning from a book use 200DPI.
  75. 75. Sources of Creative Commons Images• Flickr Creative Commons Search• Google Images (labeled for reuse) Your own Digital Camera Scan photographs or artifacts
  76. 76. IV. Background Music• is a good starting point. If you purchase any music from iTunes, it is protected to the computer where you downloaded it when you purchased it.• You will need to burn any purchased song on a Music CD (with iTunes) and import the music directly from the CD.• Music often overwhelms voiceovers. Edit volume on the low end under your narration (> 10%) but you could increase the volume when no voice is present.
  77. 77. Step 8: Add Music• Choose music that evokes the rhythm and pace of your story.• Next, go out and grab the music in digital form: Pod Safe Audio: Jamendo (Free music downloads in MP3) - Creative Commons Yahoo Music: -’s NetLabel Find a talented friend to play an original work on the piano or by strumming the guitar -- solves the copyright problem. Garage Band & Myna – create your own with loops
  78. 78. Adjusting Volume in Audacity• Use the Envelope tool• Click on audio and drag down to lower volume
  79. 79. V. Rough edit• Place your narration (II), sound track (IV) and images (III) on the timeline in approximate locations. Ask for feedback. DEMO
  80. 80. Step 9: Edit Your Story (with video editing program)• Import all images, video, your voice-over, and musical elements• Lay your narration track onto the timeline first Add your images to match your narration Create an initial rough cut before adding transitions or special effects Add titles, transitions, special effects sparingly Expect to spend a few hours editing your story to get it just right. Dont overproduce: often the spontaneity and directness of the initial drafts get lost with too much polishing.
  81. 81. VIII. Publish• Save two versions of your file (File Menu -> Share): – QuickTime -> CD-ROM (and name it your “projectname”.mov) (which can be played from the CD) – QuickTime -> Web-Streaming (and name it your “projectnameweb”.mov) (which creates a version that can be posted to the WWW)
  82. 82. Websites to Share Video• YouTube: TeacherTube: SchoolTube:• Vimeo: Facebook video GoogleDocs/Google Drive
  83. 83. IX. Showtime! In a face-to-faceworkshop, watch the “big”version of your movie. In web workshop, uploadthe “small” version toWWW
  84. 84. Online Storage• You can also choose an online file storage system, such as the one that Ed uses: Microsoft Windows Live Sky Drive:• The advantage of this system is that you can store up to 25 GB of all types of files, and you can password-protect your files. I also like to store files online, because they give you the code to embed your video into a blog or website (just like the video sharing sites). They let you store up to 5 GB of files.
  85. 85. X. Assessment• Examples of Rubrics – Links on Google Site
  86. 86. Next Steps• Send your scripts for feedback (share in GoogleDocs to or attach in email• Start collecting digital images Start looking for background music
  87. 87. ExamplesMy Reflection on my own Professional Learning for my Professional Portfolio Link on Web Page
  88. 88. Name Tags
  89. 89. Dr. Helen Barrett• Researcher & Consultant Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling for Lifelong and Life-Wide Learning
  90. 90. Choices
  91. 91. My Final Wish… May all yourelectronic portfolios include dynamic celebrations and stories of deep learning across the lifespan.