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An Introduction to Digital Storytelling


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An Introduction to Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. Digital Storytelling Using PhotoStory 3 Jon Orech English Department Curricular Technology Consultant Downers Grove South High School [email_address]
  2. 2. Welcome! <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you work? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you here? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you going to SQUEEZE out of the twilight of summer? </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Cultural anthropologist Gregory Bateson was asked in the 1950s if he believed that computer artificial intelligence was possible. He responded that he did not know, but that he believed when you would ask a computer a yes-or-no question an it responded with “that reminds me of a story,” you would be close. Stories are the large and small instruments of meaning, of explanation, that we store in our memories. We cannot live without them.” Joe Lambert
  4. 4. Essential Questions… <ul><li>What is Digital Storytelling? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I make one? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I teach DST? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the value of DST? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Center for Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Joe Lambert: Berkeley, CA </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling (Lambert) <ul><li>Point (of view) </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic Question </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Content </li></ul><ul><li>Gift of your Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Power of Soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Pacing </li></ul>
  7. 7. Good Digital Stories: <ul><li>Are personal </li></ul><ul><li>Stem from a “story” or script </li></ul><ul><li>Are concise </li></ul><ul><li>Use readily-available source materials </li></ul><ul><li>Include universal story elements </li></ul><ul><li>Involve collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>(Judy Salpeter) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Steps in creating a Digital Story <ul><li>Find your story </li></ul><ul><li>Write, write, and write some more </li></ul><ul><li>Select and prepare images </li></ul><ul><li>Revise to accommodate images </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard * </li></ul><ul><li>Create movie using Photo Story 3 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Brushes With Fame <ul><li>Coached 2 future NFL quarterbacks </li></ul><ul><li>Had a fender bender with Sheryl Crow </li></ul><ul><li>Shook Muhammed Ali’s hand </li></ul><ul><li>Taught Cindy Crawford </li></ul>
  10. 10. Story Circles <ul><li>“What I liked about your story was…” </li></ul><ul><li>“If it were my story I would…” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Types of stories (Lambert): <ul><ul><li>Someone important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events in my life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place in my life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What I do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recovery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discovery </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Write, write, and write some more <ul><li>4x6 card </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on a single event, image, thought </li></ul><ul><li>“show, don’t tell” (imagery) </li></ul><ul><li>Word choice </li></ul><ul><li>Finish with 1 page, 250 words </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m not a good writer” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Select and prepare images <ul><li>Quality not quantity (15-20 MAX) </li></ul><ul><li>From… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo albums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drawings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet ( </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save as… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JPEG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum 640x480 pixels* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NO Punctuation or spaces in title </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Stills vs. video <ul><li>Stills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on “Story” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compels more creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on “Film making” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases time </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Revise to accommodate images <ul><li>1+1=3 </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Change of focus </li></ul>
  16. 16. Tasks <ul><li>Finish story </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest supplementary images from the web </li></ul><ul><li>Gather images to “Image” folder </li></ul><ul><li>REMEMBER: SIZE DOES MATTER! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Storyboard “Movie Outline” <ul><li>Organizes and syncs v.o., images, soundtrack, transitions, effects </li></ul><ul><li>Reveals “holes” </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes revision </li></ul>
  18. 18. Create movie using Photo Story 3 <ul><li>Import and manipulate images </li></ul><ul><li>Add titles, text, and effects </li></ul><ul><li>Record voice over </li></ul><ul><li>Customize motion/ transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Drop soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Render </li></ul>
  19. 19. A word about all effects and transitions… “Less is More.”
  20. 20. Polish <ul><li>Play entire movie several times </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on one element at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Critique others </li></ul><ul><li>Keep perspective on the “Big” picture </li></ul><ul><li>“ A project is never finished, </li></ul><ul><li>it’s only put down.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Presentation/ celebration “A story is not a story until it is shared.” <ul><li>A few words… </li></ul><ul><li>Viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul>
  22. 22. Resources <ul><li> Center for DST, Joe Lambert </li></ul><ul><li> Niles HS, Guy Ballard </li></ul><ul><li> Bernajean Porter </li></ul><ul><li>tech- Hilary McClellan </li></ul>
  23. 23. I am available for 1,2,3, or 4 day staff development workshops on: <ul><li>Digital Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting DST for low-achieving students </li></ul>