Why digital storytelling is a great learning tool

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Why digital storytelling is a great learning tool

  1. 1. Why Digital Storytelling is a Great Learning Tool Dr. Meg Rincker, Assistant Professor of Political Science Leslie Fusinato, PUC Student, Political Science Jason Schultz, PUC Grad, Political Science, Class of 2013
  2. 2. Overview • What Digital Storytelling (DS) Is • Why I assign DS to my students • Student Examples of their Digital Stories Process/and the Outcomes • Your questions and comments
  3. 3. What Digital Storytelling Is • Digital Storytelling is a process where learners create a short 2-4 minute “movie,” featuring their voice-over script, images, and background events. • Ex. Facebook Status Posts vs. Your Facebook movie -dynamic, over time -select most important moments -synced to music for emphasis
  4. 4. Why I assign Digital Stories • I don’t have to be an expert in a technology to assign it to students! Expectations, Logistics, management. • We are at the Premier Engineering University in world, people expect our students to be tech-savvy. • Students know more tech already, or can figure out more than we give them credit for. • It helped get Matteo Renzi appointed Youngest Italian Prime Minister.
  5. 5. Generally, A Two Week Process -Before Semester starts, identify lab space or request software install. -Thursday - Kristin Norris, IUPUI did Google Chat, giving live PowerPoint on Digital Story process. – Tuesday- Students bring “Storyboard,” a script to class. I review/revise scripts; they gather images. – Thursday- Students have class time to record script, finalize putting images to words and music. – Saturday 10:59 pm CST- Students sent me a YouTube link their “unlisted” Digital Stories.
  6. 6. From Storyboard to Movie (Leslie) • What Storyboard is – Script – Highlighting Key Words Gather Images save to Flash Drive • Import Images to movie-making software (PhotoStory, Imovie, Windows Movie Maker). • Record script in software, fit images and music (karaoke) files to script. Leslie’s Digital Story on Global Counter-Terrorism • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmi28DpkCiM&feature =youtube
  7. 7. What We Learned From Making a Digital Story (Jason) • Status Quo of A Policy Issue • Presentation using Emotional Appeal • Build Connections From Isolated Issue to Other Related Issues Jason’s Digital Story on Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVpeV1Anps&fe ature=youtu.be
  8. 8. Challenges • Getting Music Volume Right • Recording Smooth Narration • Fitting Images longer to fill narration • Deciding whether to use the laptop/computer you know, versus using someone else’s machine that gives you access to easier software, microphone etc. • Look on Youtube for quick tutorials on Imovie, PhotoStory, Windows Movie Maker.
  9. 9. Rewards!! • Instructor : variety in types of assignments to grade. • Student: a concrete deliverable/product they can show an employer or post on LinkedIn. • Knowing video will be seen/shared increases the quality of the student’s final product.
  10. 10. Questions? • Your thoughts or comments on ways to use Digital Stories in your classes…

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