Digital Edventures Students telling stories with ICT
Turning On the Lights Marc Prensky takes a look at boredom in schools. "The reality is that students are, for the most part, bored. Pick an average kid, with an average schedule, and shadow him or her for a day in school-go where the student goes, sit in on all his or her classes-and see if you can stand it." Students today, he writes, learn more outside school than inside. Educators need to "give students the opportunity to use technology in school... find out how students want to be taught... connect students to the world... [and] understand where kids are going-that is, into the future-and help them get there." Marc Prensky , ASCD , March 25, 2008.
Objectives <ul><ul><li>Use ICT tools to create student stories which reflect understanding and appreciation of setting, characterisation and narrative structure. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop communications skills by learning to ask questions, work collaboratively, construct narratives through dialogue and present for an audience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase computer skills using software that combines a variety of multimedia including: text, still images, audio, video and web publishing. </li></ul></ul>
Tasks and strategies Brainstorm - stories you loved in the past and why Storyboard - use your cellphone/camera to record images for settings and character -use Comic Life software to create a draft storyboard Moodle Learning Management System -use to provide instructions and links to possible image and idea sources e.g. setting, character, narrative structure Email - use to provide and recieve feedback and feedforward between students and virtual teacher
Internet /WWW -use to locate image and idea sources e.g. setting, character, narrative structure Text edit - use to write and 'autocue' script for dialogue Photoshop - use to manipulate images Marvin animation software - use audacity or Marvin too record students' own voices as dialogue for character - use to create and present final story with narrated characters ..tasks & strategies ctd
Blog reflections Recorded in student individual blog at end of each session Date: ___________ What did you personally work on this week during today's digital story session? What have you enjoyed the most about this project to date? What have you found to be the most challenging? What do you personally plan to work on or develop next time?
Addressing 5 Key competencies Capabilities for living and lifelong learning in the New Zealand curriculum Thinking - learners use creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. - through digital storytelling learners are developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, and constructing knowledge. - learners reflect on their own learning through blogs. Using language, symbols, and texts - learners work with and make meaning of codes to represeny and communicate information, experiences, and ideas. - learners use language, symbols and technology to produce imaginative texts - learners confidently use ICT to access and provide information and to communicate with others.
...Key competencies ctd Managing self - learners establish personal goals, make plans, and manage their projects through blogs Relating to others - learners interact effectively within a specific context to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas. - leaners take different roles in different situations to come up with a final product Participating and contributing -- learners contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group.
Link to student self-reflections Other software - free downloadabl e: Animoto - online photo showcasing software, make your own movie trailer Assessment Rubrics Audacity - open source sound recorder and editor Gimp - open source photo editor Irfan View - open source photo editor - great for taking and editing screenshots as well as many other tools ZenCub3D - animation software programme Digital Edventures Blog (updates of web 2.0 apps and links to elearning sites)