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On using digital storytelling in your classroom or organization. Presented at the Spotlight on Learning conference in Toronto, Oct 19, 2010.

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    1. 1. NEW MEDIA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: How to tell your story using film, photography, blogs and podcasts Spotlight on Learning Ontario Literacy Coalition October 19, 2010 Reisa Levine – Producer » CitizenShift / Parole citoyenne [email_address] @reisa101
    2. 2. In This Workshop… <ul><li>Digital Storytelling – the basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How You Can use Digital Stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Production Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scripting/Storyboarding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shooting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is media literacy? Why is media literacy important? What does creating media add to literacy? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>If we understand how media works: </li></ul><ul><li>We can decode the messages that are constantly being bombarded at us in our media saturated world. </li></ul><ul><li>We able to create media for our own needs; to express ourselves, to promote our organizations, to influence others. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>From Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling refers to using digital tools so </li></ul><ul><li>that ordinary people can tell their own real-life </li></ul><ul><li>stories. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Digital Storytelling&quot; 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. </li></ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul><ul><li>As an emerging area of creative work, the definition of digital storytelling is still the subject of much debate. </li></ul>What is Digital Storytelling?
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. How You Can Use Digital Stories <ul><li>Projects and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Group building </li></ul><ul><li>Chronicling a series of events (timeline), a personal history, changes over time </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion for your organization or group </li></ul><ul><li>Campaign for social change </li></ul><ul><li>Public Service Announcement </li></ul><ul><li>Publicity for an event </li></ul>
    7. 7. Examples <ul><li>The Center for Digital Storytelling - Regent Park </li></ul><ul><li>The Girl Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Amy’s Choice </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>CitizenShift encourages and supports community </li></ul><ul><li>based initiatives and makes people more aware of </li></ul><ul><li>the issues. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Picture This </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Picture This: A photovoice project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mothers of Children with FASD </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. The Production Process <ul><ul><li>- Scripting/Storyboarding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Shooting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Sharing </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. The Process – great resource
    11. 12. Scripting <ul><li>The focus should be on the story part ! </li></ul><ul><li>Story Mapping </li></ul>
    12. 13. Storyboarding <ul><li>How to compose your shots </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think creatively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a combination of shots: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>establishing shots, close-up’s, medium shots, ‘B-role’ complimentary footage, etc </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use text, found footage/photos (Avoid copyrighted materials – use Creative Commons and other open repositories) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use sound effects, narration, music etc </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Storyboarding Template available on
    14. 15. The Production Process - Shooting <ul><li>Cameras, mics & other equipment </li></ul><ul><li>The Kodak Zi8 pocket video HD camera (with external sound in jack) </li></ul><ul><li>Flip Cam </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Prosumer’ type mini DV (or memory card) video camera </li></ul><ul><li>Your photo camera’s video mode or your cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>Use an external microphone – not the camera’s mic (get good sound ! This is crucial – use headphones to monitor levels) </li></ul><ul><li>Location scouting </li></ul><ul><li>Composing your shots </li></ul><ul><li>Use a tripod whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>(don’t forget; batteries, or to charge your cameras/recorders) </li></ul>
    15. 16. Working with Sound <ul><li>Podcasting (audio production) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity (free, all platforms) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ardour (Mac, Linux) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WavePad (PC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Audition (more expensive) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Editing <ul><li>Free and easy to use software: </li></ul><ul><li>imovie (Mac) </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Maker (PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Online editing tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><li>About file formats and transcoding ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A few popluar viewable formats include: mov, mp4, avi </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Sharing <ul><li>Put your film online (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, other site) </li></ul><ul><li>Share in your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Help spread the word – newsletters, emails, Facebook, Twitter, other social networks </li></ul>
    18. 19. Outreach Communications, support and cross channel promotion (social marketing) <ul><li>The importance of Outreach - it’s all about making connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just because you have a great story, doesn’t mean people will find it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have to be your communities’ first and most active contributor (same thing in the classroom, teacher has to participate!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If possible, have a dedicated person working exclusively on social media outreach & marketing: The Community Manager </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. VoiceThread <ul><li>VoiceThread – online interactive and collaborative story building environment </li></ul><ul><li>A digital storytelling voicethread </li></ul>
    20. 21. Resources <ul><li>This PowerPoint presentation can be found on My slideshare: </li></ul><ul><li>All documents referred to in this presentation are available at: </li></ul><ul><li>http: //citizenshift .org/workshops/media-in-action-resources </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Digital Storytelling Sites: </li></ul><ul><li>The Center for Digital Storytelling - </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread - </li></ul><ul><li>SFETT - </li></ul><ul><li>Learning through digitial storytelling - Article by Sharyn Mehner </li></ul><ul><li>DigiTales - </li></ul><ul><li>The Workbook Project - Culture Hacking - a ‘new’ way of looking at digital storytelling - Background article by Pheobe, Tedx talk by Elan Lee </li></ul>
    21. 22. Resources cont… <ul><li>Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Media Awareness Network - </li></ul><ul><li>Make Internet TV (Participatory Culture Foundation) - http: //makeinternettv .org/equipment/video.php </li></ul><ul><li>PBS Frontline Documentary entitled: Digital Nation - </li></ul><ul><li>Film Education – promotes use of film within the curriculum (UK Film Industry) </li></ul><ul><li>Adbusters – great psa’s and examples - </li></ul><ul><li>Concerned Children’s Advertisers - http://www. cca-kids . ca/psas/index .html </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Produced PSA’s </li></ul><ul><li>http: //listenup . org/screeningroom/index . php ?view=0a6ef5ce0e9a13962ca8f7cecd919981 </li></ul><ul><li>NetSmartz - http://www. netsmartz .org </li></ul>
    22. 23. <ul><li>Software tutorials: </li></ul><ul><li>iMovie (mac) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http://movies. atomiclearning .com/k12/imovie3x </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Maker (Microsoft) </li></ul><ul><li>Free Download: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. microsoft . com/education/teachers/guides/windows_movie_maker . aspx ?WT. mc_id=moviemakerguide_googlecanada </li></ul><ul><li> com/windows-live-essentials-xp </li></ul><ul><li>http://movies. atomiclearning .com/k12/moviemaker2 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. kent .k12. wa . us/staff/donnapirog/Story_Movie/use_moviemaker .htm </li></ul><ul><li>Other Software Audacity (sound editing software) - </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial - </li></ul><ul><li>Scratch (create, share) - </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial - </li></ul><ul><li>PhotoStory 3 for Windows (photo albums and essays) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. microsoft . com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default . mspx </li></ul>Resources cont…
    23. 24. Resources cont… Places to find Copyright free Materials: Creative Commons Search - http://search. creativecommons .org/ Online movie converter - http://www. movavi .com/ Free Sound Project - http://www. freesound .org/ Incompetech - http: //incompetech . com/m/c/royalty-free/ FreePlay Music - http: //freeplaymusic .com/ Internet Archive - Wikimedia Commons - http://commons. wikimedia . org/wiki/Main_page Greenbuttonmusic - http://www. greenbuttonmusic .com/ Browser-based editors: Kaltura Movie Masher Aviary Pixorial JayCut
    24. 25. <ul><ul><li>Reisa Levine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CitizenShift / Parole citoyenne </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter - @reisa101 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Thanks for participating !