Digital Inquiry: Making a Documentary


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Digital Inquiry: Making a Documentary

  1. 1. Digital Inquiry: Making a Documentary Jon Orech English Department Curricular Technology Consultant Downers Grove South High School Downers Grove, Illinois
  2. 2. Essential Question: How can inquiry learning and digital storytelling be combined to create a meaningful learning experience?
  3. 3. Inquiry-based Project (Jakes, Pennington, Knodle) <ul><li>Essential question </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation questions </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a search strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Locate information </li></ul><ul><li>Filter, distill, and cross reference </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate amount of information </li></ul><ul><li>Develop answer to question </li></ul><ul><li>Create product to represent answer </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital Storytelling (Lambert) <ul><li>Point (of View) </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic Question </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Content </li></ul><ul><li>Soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Gift of your Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Pacing </li></ul>
  5. 5. “Digital Inquiry” Inquiry Project Digital Story- telling
  6. 6. Prior to the Project <ul><li>Practice with Inquiry model (Mini inquiry) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential/Foundation questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keywords </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creation of a “pure” digital story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing software </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Step 1: Writing the inquiry paper <ul><li>Design topic that accommodates inquiry. </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt “scaffolding” to student ability and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Require a wide variety of types of sources. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Promote ethical research. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider collaborative writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Collect paper as a self-contained assignment. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 2: Adapting the Text <ul><li>Length: 2 pages, double spaced </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral citations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works cited </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider audience familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Master pronunciation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Step 3: Collecting Images (USE STILLS) <ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google, altavista , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Image size: 640x480 pixels </li></ul><ul><li>Copyrights </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Consider symbolic representations </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 4: Create Storyboard “Movie Outline” <ul><li>Visually “syncs” words to images </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages editing </li></ul><ul><li>Reveals “holes” </li></ul><ul><li>Aids in creation of documentary </li></ul><ul><li>T emplate </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step 5: Create Documentary (Digital editing software) <ul><li>Drop images </li></ul><ul><li>Record voice over </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronize images to audio </li></ul><ul><li>Add effects </li></ul><ul><li>Add soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Titles, text, and transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Polish and burn </li></ul>
  12. 12. Drop images <ul><li>Begin with black, title, black </li></ul><ul><li>Place in order from story board </li></ul><ul><li>Conclude with black,title, black </li></ul>
  13. 13. Voice over <ul><li>Pacing </li></ul><ul><li>Articulation, pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Tone </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sync images to sound <ul><li>1+1=3 </li></ul><ul><li>Image before words </li></ul><ul><li>Give audience time to digest </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinating audio with transitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>V.O. through cut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>V.O. stop at dissolve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>V.O. stop at fade </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Effects “Less is more” <ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using text </li></ul><ul><li>Color/lighting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sepia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B/W vs. color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrast </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Soundtrack <ul><li>Volume </li></ul><ul><li>Mood/tone </li></ul><ul><li>Instrumental vs. lyrics </li></ul>
  17. 18. Titles and transitions <ul><li>Titles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sans serif </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate to topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transitions: “less is more” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissolve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other… </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. A “cut” = no punctiation or
  19. 20. A comma. Think of a dissolve as a period.
  20. 21. After the dissolve, we start another, related thought. A fade is like an “enter” that implies a new topic of thought.
  21. 22. Assessment <ul><li>Inqury written assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prep steps (storyboard) </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content (images, adaptations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation (7 elements) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. Why Digital Inquiry? <ul><li>Adaptable to student ability and subject </li></ul><ul><li>Performance assessment (P.B.L.) </li></ul><ul><li>Wide variety of assessment possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple intelligences </li></ul><ul><li>Student ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Student motivation </li></ul>
  23. 24. What are the obstacles? <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>“ Selectively abandon” </li></ul><ul><li>Studio 9, iMovie, Photo Story 3 </li></ul><ul><li>CALL ME! </li></ul>
  24. 25. I am available for workshops, in-service for: <ul><li>Digital storytelling: art and craft </li></ul><ul><li>Software training: PhotoStory 3 Pinnacle Studio 9, ™ </li></ul><ul><li>Digital inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting DST/ DI to low-achieving students </li></ul>