Note background in theatre, teaching theatre, and how I now work in technology. While I haven’t used all of these tools in my own teaching (you will see some examples), if I were still teaching the theatre classes that I taught then, I would definitely use these. What I will explain is how I taught the class and then how I would integrate this technology into the lesson plan.
The How:example from solo performance class, about writing a story about an experience, basing it on a personal effect from our lift that had meaning - how this can be done with digital storytellingNarrative: learning about student backgrounds, for example (Intro to Theatre course - essay on family rituals - how rituals became theatre by stories told over and over)
Interactive communication and interpersonal skills – students who were often shy found a new way to express themselves with Digital storytelling.Technology literacy – students gain new technology skills.With Visual literacy, especially, they learn a new way to tell a story that depends less on words and more on visuals.Curiosity, etc. – very interesting, when students see the work of other students, it piques their curiosity, allows them the space to want to take risks.
When I took a storytelling class, we were told to bring in one item that meant something to us. In the class, we created a story based on the memories of that item.Cowbird would allow for students to create a story based on a photo that is meaningful to them.
In a intro to Theatre class, I had my students write about rituals in their family. It was a way to introduce them to rituals as well as to each other. A cowbird assignment like this example would serve the same purpose.
Voicethread is another tool that could be used in a similar way to Cowbird. The difference is that it is interactive, which would allow for Q & A
Five card Flickr works best for creative writing, getting creative juices flowing, allowing writers to write freely without thinking.Go to site – (after viewing my 5 card Flickr). Have audience choose and writeSave link – links can go in blogs, LMS, etc.
Example from class of Titus Andronicus
I put this together in a few minutes with my iPad. Students can use photos that they have to create a story.
Digital Storytelling: From the Written Essay to the Online StoryPatricia HoeflerEmpire State College
Digital Storytelling is aunique, creative way to craftstories.It can help with the actual art of storytelling - the how, as in how to tell a storyIt can be the actual narrativeIt can give background history to an event
What Students Gain from Digital Storytelling According to the book Interactive Digitales, the Art of Telling communication Digital Stories, students Interpersonal skills were able to gain effective communication skills and Technology literacy experience in specific Basic and visual areas that teachers felt literacy were important: Curiosity, creativity, an d risk-takingPorter, Bernajean, Digitales, the Art of Telling Digital Stories, Bjpconsulting, 2005, Page 63.
Why Use Technology to TellStories?Telling stories in this way (digitally), students learn tostoryboard ideas, craft narratives, and do research.“Students develop enhanced communication skills as theylearn to conduct research on a topic, ask questions, organizetheir ideas, express opinions, and construct meaningfulnarratives.” (p 224)Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Technology Tool
Personal Narratives This form is used to tell of an event in a persons life, or may honor another significant person in their life http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/movie_pers onal_reflection_01.htmlStory examples from University of Houston Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling site:http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu
Historical Here, one can tell a story to examine a historical event. May involve using historical photographs, newspap er headlines, speeches, a nd even audio and http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/movie_social_studies_03.html video
Cowbird Cowbird is a community of people who tell their stories using pictures, words and, often, audio. Great resource for a creative writing project (choose one photo and talk about it.) http://cowbird.com/story/32465/Left_Turns/
Voicethread Voicethread is collaborative tool that can be used for a more interactive space Students can post their stories (including audio) on Voicethread Other students (and/or instructors) can post comments to the stories
Five Card Flickr Choose from Flickr Photos that are presented randomly Write/Improvise a story Good for thinking and writing creatively http://5card.cogdogblog.com/show.php?id=26784
Windows MovieMaker Requires a bit more work Good for telling complicated stories Can also be used for essay-focused projects Available on Windows based PCs http://youtu.be/4LEKb3wDyP8
iMovie Easy to use Utilizes photos and videos Photos are given the Ken Burns effect (zoom in, pan across, etc.) Particularly useful in iPad environment http://youtu.be/piwAQuoDHwY