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Research Paper Alternatives

  1. 1. Research Paper Alternatives: Using Digital Storytelling in the Photostory Software to Enrich the Curriculum Rebecca Foster-Faith
  2. 2. What is Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Using computer based tools to tell stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use image, text, narration, music, video (or any combination) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on content, narrative </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Components of a Research Paper <ul><li>Identify & Cite Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Thesis Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Examples to Support Thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanics (Grammar) </li></ul><ul><li>Written mechanics are not part of digital storytelling. Good grammar is still necessary for oral narration. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Components of a Digital Story <ul><li>Point of View </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic Question </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Content </li></ul><ul><li>Gift of Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Soundtrack </li></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Pacing </li></ul><ul><li>-- Center for Digital Storytelling, Berkley, CA </li></ul>
  5. 5. Software/ Web Service Options <ul><li>50 Web 2.0 Ways to tell a story including: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Photostory? <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free or Integrated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on content rather than text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still requires research & thesis statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intuitive drag and drop tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires Headset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not work with Macs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires good organizational skills to manage content </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Order of Operations <ul><li>Research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Outline/ Storyboard topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Narration ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research/ Compile images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source List Citations </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Order of Operations <ul><li>Assemble Photostory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Import & Arrange images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Titles & Effects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize motion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Narration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add music (Create or Import) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save & Export </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Challenges & Compensations <ul><li>Digital Divide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give students some time in the classroom to begin project (particularly because headsets are needed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubric is 70% based on content and research, final output on Photostory not necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ESL/ELL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct students to content websites in their own language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Choice </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Literacy Connection <ul><li>Ability to use language to read, write and speak </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For students struggling with writing, final output is less intimidating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possible use as an alternative for Special Education students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlining, research & thesis skills all emphasized </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An addition , not a replacement to developing writing skills. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Uses for Photostory - Elementary <ul><li>Research notable figures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Founding Fathers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientific Discoveries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Career Exploration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Take our Daughters to work” day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Documenting Artwork </li></ul>
  12. 12. Uses for Photostory – High School <ul><li>English – Practice Research Skills, Student Choice of Topic. Preliminary to “The Research Paper.” </li></ul><ul><li>Math – Engineering & Math or Math Careers </li></ul><ul><li>History – Students present both sides of a bill currently under debate on the Senate or House floor </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas </li></ul>
  13. 13. Science/ Living Environment <ul><li>Using Photostory3 to Enhance Teaching Of Genetics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project outline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storyboard to create the video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blank Storyboard </li></ul></ul>

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