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  1. 1. + Digital Storytelling for Educators
  2. 2. What is Digital Storytelling?   Digital Storytelling is the process of writing about a story, and adding the multimedia elements of voice, imagery, and music to create a visual story.   Personal or Academic Narratives:   A personal story is one that involves a personal change or realization. This could be a family story about the value of a childhood experience, a reunion in which you reconnect with a long lost friend, a hero in your family,   Digital storytelling can also be used in the content areas as an academic story or "unit of instruction" story. This can be a story about any concept, unit or idea from any area of the curriculum, from math to social studies.   Watch “Digital Storytelling in Plain English”
  3. 3. • Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes. • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression. • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues. • Identify trends and forecast possibilities
  4. 4. Visual Literacy Visual literacy allow students to connect the concrete and abstract. •Improve readers' Heighten motivation, • abilities to share, critique, engagement and enjoyment and revise what has been learned with others. of reading. Jason Ohler Digital Storytelling in the •Immerse students •Help solve Classroom, talks about how in rich details of spatial and stories help us remember verbal problems. text. important information that might be forgotten if it’s delivered to us in the form of •Aid in reports, lectures, or isolated inferencing, bits of information. •Improve literal elaborating and comprehension of identifying texts. patterns across multiple texts. •Build (Gambrell& Koskinen, 2002; background Keene & Zimmerman, 1997; Wilhelm, 1995) knowledge.
  5. 5. Elements of Digital Storytelling   1. The Overall Purpose of the Story  2. The Narrator’s Point of View  3. A Dramatic Question or Questions (capture the viewer’s attention)  4. The Choice of Content  5. Clarity of Voice  6. Pacing of the Narrative
  6. 6. Elements of Digital Storytelling  7. Use of a Meaningful Audio Soundtrack  8. Quality of the Images, Video & other Multimedia Elements  9. Economy of the Story Detail  10. Good Grammar and Language Usage Adapted from: The Center for Digital Storytelling (http://
  7. 7. Digital Storytelling Examples   ICAN:   Parents PSA   The Chase   Teachers   Hero   Apple Learning Interchange   Silent Movie Literature (Edgar Allen Poe)   Language   Intro to Lesson
  8. 8. Commercials/PSA/ Kick off a unit to hook students Trailer for book talks Recap a unit Sports Highlights Scientific Process Year-end video Alphabet/Number Book All About Me Great replacement for Timelines PowerPoint Biographies Digital storytelling Field Trips Memoirs Science/Math Projects Tributes Overview of class for parent night Review concepts Interviews Poetry Vocabulary Words (Oppression)
  9. 9. More Ideas… • Create your own Common Craft Videos • First Day of School Rules • Heroes vs. Villains • Silent Films using Edgar Allen Poe short stories • Tributes to people such as Walt Disney or Martin Luther King • Historical events such as the Boston Tea Party/ Underground Railroad
  10. 10. More • Inventions and their Inventors Ideas… • How have animals adapted or what happened to the dinosaurs? • Fairy tales from a different perspective • Math is all around town-videotape your town and look for geometry • Meet the Master Artists • Tell stories about famous scientists/ mathematicians and illustrate their theories through video
  11. 11. It’s all about Story… 3. Post Production 2. Production Publish: Edit the Share your 1. Create: pieces creation Pre- Record Production your pieces Develop your or collect script and your storyboard images Brainstorming: What is your story?
  12. 12. Storyboard for Digital Storytelling   Storyboards are a planning tool to help you outline and organize your video.   The T-Script Audio/Video Storyboard VIDEO AUDIO/NARRATION The left side of the script is for  The right side is for the actual  video, graphics, images. narration, text, sound effects, etc.  I played Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer, and Varsity Softball…
  13. 13. Basic Storyboard
  14. 14. Script and Storyboard  Educatorswill break for script and storyboarding….  Youmay use one of the scenarios or create one of your own choosing
  15. 15. Video Production Tips Composition: rule of thirds
  16. 16. Sometimes you have to break the rules!
  17. 17. Too much headroom
  18. 18. Video Production
  19. 19. Watch for distractions when composing your images….
  20. 20. Video Tips  When shooting outdoors, keep the sun behind you. Beware of windows.   Plan your shoot. Shoot to edit.  Usea tripod or other image stabilization device.  For handheld stability, imagine that your camcorder is a very full cup of hot coffee.
  21. 21. Video Tips   Use the zoom to compose your shot. Avoid zooming while the tape is rolling.   Move the camera only when necessary. Pan from left to right slowly!   Keep your average shot length between 5 and 10 seconds. Keep the shot steady (no zoom or pan) for at least 10 seconds.   Watch for distractions behind the talent.   Seven Deadly Sins of Video Work: watch?v=A-6tWTPTmcE
  22. 22. Resources… RETAPEDIA: Copyright Free Images   Creative commons:   Flickr-   Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources:   Pics for Learning:   Davis Audio & Video clips: Royalty Free Sound Sources   Internet Archive:   Creative Commons:   The Free Sound Project:   Stonewashed Sound Effects:   Macloops: Audacity Audio Editor:
  23. 23. • Introduce video-editing using MovieMaker • Publish your story • Homework: • Bring 10 digital slides • Assessment: • Peer Assessment • Digital Storytelling Rubric