Digital Storytelling for  Low-Achieving Students Jon Orech English Department Curricular Technology Consultant Downers Gro...
Essential Question: How can teachers adapt Digital Storytelling for LD, MN, or unmotivated students?
Digital Storytelling (Lambert) <ul><li>Point (of View) </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic Question </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li>...
“Traditional” Steps in DST <ul><li>Find your story (group sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>Draft, revise story (utilize appropri...
Create the movie <ul><li>Drop pix (USE STILLS) </li></ul><ul><li>Record voice over </li></ul><ul><li>Sync voice to pix </l...
General Adaptations Break it down…don’t water it down. <ul><li>Familiarize students with concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Sequen...
Familiarize students  with concepts <ul><li>Use terminology prior to project </li></ul><ul><li>Read short stories looking ...
Sequence and assess  ALL steps <ul><li>Start as a writing or storytelling assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Draft </li></ul><ul...
Narrow focus of  story and elements <ul><li>Limit topics to avoid confusion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A “best friend” story <...
Reduce time of  finished product <ul><li>1paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>5 pictures </li></ul><ul><li>1 minute Or whatever it...
Simplify editing process <ul><li>PHOTOSTORY 3!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Limit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effects (zoom, pan, etc) <...
Accommodate  according to IEP <ul><li>This may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assisting with technology </li></ul></ul><ul...
Remember… Never  sacrifice the process or integrity of DST. A “slide show” is not a  Digital Story
Why Digital Storytelling? <ul><li>Adaptable to student ability and subject </li></ul><ul><li>Performance assessment (P.B.L...
What are the obstacles? <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>“ Selective...
I am available for  workshops, in-service for: <ul><li>Digital storytelling: art and craft </li></ul><ul><li>Software trai...
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Digital Storytelling for Low Achieving Students

  1. 1. Digital Storytelling for Low-Achieving Students Jon Orech English Department Curricular Technology Consultant Downers Grove South High School Downers Grove, Illinois
  2. 2. Essential Question: How can teachers adapt Digital Storytelling for LD, MN, or unmotivated students?
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. “Traditional” Steps in DST <ul><li>Find your story (group sharing) </li></ul><ul><li>Draft, revise story (utilize appropriate elements) </li></ul><ul><li>Select and “prepare” images </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Create the movie…(Digital editing software) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Create the movie <ul><li>Drop pix (USE STILLS) </li></ul><ul><li>Record voice over </li></ul><ul><li>Sync voice to pix </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Add transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on effects </li></ul><ul><li>Render and burn </li></ul>
  6. 6. General Adaptations Break it down…don’t water it down. <ul><li>Familiarize students with concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Sequence and assess ALL steps </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow focus of story and elements </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce time of finished product </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify editing process </li></ul><ul><li>*Accommodate according to IEP </li></ul>
  7. 7. Familiarize students with concepts <ul><li>Use terminology prior to project </li></ul><ul><li>Read short stories looking for elements </li></ul><ul><li>Teach visual literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Practice reading aloud </li></ul><ul><li>View many examples of DS, identifying elements ( pro , adult , student ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sequence and assess ALL steps <ul><li>Start as a writing or storytelling assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Draft </li></ul><ul><li>Peer revision </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper/pencil, Powerpoint, “homemade” template </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voice over (small chunks) </li></ul><ul><li>Stages in editing </li></ul>
  9. 9. Narrow focus of story and elements <ul><li>Limit topics to avoid confusion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A “best friend” story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A proud moment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports story* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When you learned something </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pick 1-2 elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dramatic question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional content </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Reduce time of finished product <ul><li>1paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>5 pictures </li></ul><ul><li>1 minute Or whatever it takes… You know your students </li></ul>
  11. 11. Simplify editing process <ul><li>PHOTOSTORY 3!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Limit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effects (zoom, pan, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transitions (fade, dissolve, cut) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Accommodate according to IEP <ul><li>This may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assisting with technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limiting scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing or eliminating voice over </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prompting </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Remember… Never sacrifice the process or integrity of DST. A “slide show” is not a Digital Story
  14. 14. Why Digital Storytelling? <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><ul><li>CREATES A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT! </li></ul>
  15. 15. 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, Premier ($), Movie Maker (Win XP) Photo Story 3 </li></ul><ul><li>CALL ME! </li></ul>
  16. 16. I am available for workshops, in-service for: <ul><li>Digital storytelling: art and craft </li></ul><ul><li>Software training: Pinnacle Studio 9 ™ </li></ul><ul><li>Digital inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting DST/ DI to low-achieving students </li></ul>

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