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Digital Media for the Classroom: how to tell your story using film, photography, blogs and podcasts.

Presentation at the Association for Media Literacy (AML) - Spotlight on Media Literacy conference. October 23, 2010 at OISE in Toronto

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    1. 1. DIGITAL MEDIA FOR THE CLASSROOM: How to Tell your Story Using Film, Photography, Blogs and Podcasts Spotlight on Media Literacy – Enhance Your Teaching Tool Kit for 21st Century Learning October 23, 2010 Reisa Levine – Producer » CitizenShift / Parole citoyenne @reisa101
    2. 2. In This Workshop… • Digital Storytelling – the basics – What – Why – How You Can use Digital Stories – Some examples • The Production Process – Scripting/Storyboarding – Shooting – Editing – Sharing • Resources
    3. 3. Before we start, a couple of background references… Michael Wesch’s 2008 article entitled : Anti-teaching: confronting the crisis of significance The Digital Life Show - Radio Program - interview with André Roux on digital tools in the classroom. (see video by Michael Wesch entitled: A Portrait of Students Today) Digital Literacy in Canada: From Inclusion to Transformation (2010) Media Awareness Network - A discussion paper calling for federal leadership in the creation of a national digital literacy strategy to ensure all Canadians have the necessary skills to use digital technologies to their fullest potential.
    4. 4. What is media literacy? Why is media literacy important? Media Literacy includes topics such as: online safety, ethical use, electronic privacy, authenticating and evaluating information, marketing to young people and critical thinking approaches to Internet use. If we understand how media works:  We can decode the messages that are constantly being bombarded at us in our media saturated world.  We can create media for our own needs; to express ourselves, to document an event or situation, to inform others. Sharing our media creations can help us to feel more connected.
    5. 5. From Wikipedia Digital Storytelling refers to using digital tools so that ordinary people can tell their own real-life stories. • "Digital Storytelling" is an emerging term, one that arises from a grassroots movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own 'true stories' in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. • The term can also be a broader journalistic reference to the variety of emergent new forms of digital narratives (web-based stories, interactive stories, hypertexts, and narrative computer games). • As an emerging area of creative work, the definition of digital storytelling is still the subject of much debate. What is Digital Storytelling?
    6. 6. Some Leading Resources* for Digital Storytelling (*but there are many more – see the resources section at the end of this presentation) also see my delicious tag ‘digitalstorytelling’ CENTER for DIGITAL STORY TELLING
    7. 7. How You Can Use Digital Stories • Projects and activities • Group building • Chronicling a series of events (timeline), a personal history, changes over time • Promotion for your organization or group • Campaign for social change • Public Service Announcement • Publicity for an event
    8. 8. Examples • The Center for Digital Storytelling - Regent Park • The Girl Effect • Amy’s Choice
    9. 9. CitizenShift encourages and supports community based initiatives and makes people more aware of the issues. 1 video, aprox. 25,435 views, a global network using this piece as their showcase to raise awareness of the issue and offer a community of support for people touched by FASD. Picture This Picture This: A photovoice project Mothers of Children with FASD
    10. 10. Tech literacy Vs. Media Literacy • Before you create media, understand how to “read” media • Share resources and learn how to find resources on your own. • DON’T BE AFRAID OF TECHNOLOGY! (even if you’re not a ‘techno-whizz’) Teachers know WHAT TO teach (AND WHY they want to teach it) Students know HOW TO use the tools – exchange strengths and work together! What to look for when analyzing a film clip: • What are some of the unique characteristics of this clip? • How do these techniques contribute to the story? • Are these techniques effective in producing an emotional response? • What other messages do the shots convey? • Who are the characters and what do we know about them from this clip? • What other elements stand out?: Music? Dialogue? Costumes? Lighting? Sets? Let’s Talk Media
    11. 11. The Production Process - Scripting/Storyboarding - Shooting - Editing - Sharing
    12. 12. The Process – great resource
    13. 13. Scripting The focus should be on the story part ! Story Mapping
    14. 14. Storyboarding • How to compose your shots – Think creatively • Use a combination of shots: – establishing shots, close-up’s, medium shots, ‘B-role’ complimentary footage, etc • Use text, found footage/photos (Avoid copyrighted materials – use Creative Commons and other open repositories) • Use sound effects, narration, music etc
    15. 15. Storyboarding Template available on
    16. 16. The Production Process - Shooting Cameras, mics & other equipment • The Kodak Zi8 pocket video HD camera (with external sound in jack) • Flip Cam • ‘Prosumer’ type mini DV (or memory card) video camera • Your photo camera’s video mode or your cell phone • Use an external microphone – not the camera’s mic (get good sound ! This is crucial – use headphones to monitor levels) • Location scouting • Composing your shots • Use a tripod whenever possible (don’t forget; batteries, or to charge your cameras/recorders)
    17. 17. Working with Sound • Podcasting (audio production) – Tools: • Audacity (free, all platforms) • Ardour (Mac, Linux) • WavePad (PC) • Adobe Audition (more expensive)
    18. 18. Editing Free and easy to use software: • imovie (Mac) • Movie Maker (PC) • Online editing tools – YouTube About file formats and transcoding ! – A few popluar viewable formats include: mov, mp4, avi
    19. 19. Sharing • Put your film online (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, other site) • Share in your blog • Help spread the word – newsletters, emails, Facebook, Twitter, other social networks
    20. 20. Outreach Communications, support and cross channel promotion (social marketing) • The importance of Outreach - it’s all about making connections – Just because you have a great story, doesn’t mean people will find it! – You (the teacher) have to be your communities’ first and most active contributor – If possible, have a dedicated person/team working exclusively on social media outreach & marketing: The Community Manager
    21. 21. VoiceThread VoiceThread – online interactive and collaborative story building environment A digital storytelling voicethread
    22. 22. Resources This PowerPoint presentation can be found on My slideshare: All documents referred to in this presentation are available at: Examples of Digital Storytelling Sites: • The Center for Digital Storytelling - • VoiceThread - • SFETT - • Learning through digitial storytelling - Article by Sharyn Mehner • DigiTales - • The Workbook Project - Culture Hacking - a ‘new’ way of looking at digital storytelling - Background article by Pheobe, Tedx talk by Elan Lee
    23. 23. Resources cont… Web Sites • Media Awareness Network - • Make Internet TV (Participatory Culture Foundation) - • PBS Frontline Documentary entitled: Digital Nation - • Film Education – promotes use of film within the curriculum (UK Film Industry) • Adbusters – great psa’s and examples - • Concerned Children’s Advertisers - • Youth Produced PSA’s NetSmartz -
    24. 24. Software tutorials: iMovie (mac) Movie Maker (Microsoft) Free Download: Tutorials: Other Software Audacity (sound editing software) - Tutorial - Scratch (create, share) - Tutorial - PhotoStory 3 for Windows (photo albums and essays) Resources cont…
    25. 25. Resources cont… Places to find Copyright free Materials: Creative Commons Search - Online movie converter - Free Sound Project - Incompetech - FreePlay Music - Internet Archive - Wikimedia Commons - Greenbuttonmusic - Browser-based editors: Kaltura Movie Masher Aviary Pixorial JayCut
    26. 26. Reisa Levine CitizenShift / Parole citoyenne Twitter - @reisa101 Thanks for participating !