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I decided to create another quick “The Best…” list today rating sites that allow you to create online comic strips. These can be excellent opportunities for English Language Learners to be able to focus more time on developing language, writing, and storytelling skills instead of having to focus on creating drawings. Of course, I’m not denigrating the role of art in the classroom.
I found that quote in a post by Shawn Callahan and subsequently learned it comes from Bruner’s book, Actual Minds, Possible Worlds . I’ve written a lot about the importance of stories in teaching and learning (see Students Remember More When They Tell Stories and The Best Digital (& Non-Digital) Storytelling Resources ). And in the course of searching for the source of the Bruner quote, I came upon an incredible resource, Story Juice How Ideas Spread and Brands Grow by Julie Fuoti & Lisa Johnson.
In “Stuff That Defines Us,” Carol Vogel writes: It was a project so audacious that it took 100 curators four years to complete it. The goal: to tell the history of the world through 100 objects culled from the British Museum’s sprawling collections. The result of endless scholarly debates was unveiled, object by chronological object, on a BBC Radio 4 program in early 2010, narrated by Neil MacGregor, director of the museum. Millions of listeners tuned in to hear his colorful stories — so many listeners that the BBC, together with the British Museum, published a hit book of the series, “A History of the World in 100 Objects.”
The more we podcast and have our students create video clips or other digital storytelling projects, the more we need to teach storyboarding as part of the process. Being able to pre-visualize how your story will unfold is becoming a vital skill to have for storytellers. Storyboards are defined as: Graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity. In the book by Roger Essley “Visual Tools for Differentiating Reading & Writing Instruction: Strategies to Help Students Make Abstract Ideas Concrete and Accessible”, he says Storyboarding, or picture writing, is the origin of all written languages, used by ancient cultures before text evolved and as a natural bridge to text.
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Storytelling has been a great part of our school year, which is already winding down. From… telling about our and Jose, the travel bear ‘s adventurous stories live while in Egypt outfitting EVERY classroom in our school with their own digital cameras, so teachers and students could create a visual of their daily activities or create a visual of a learning concept creating a collective knowledge story across grade level and subject areas demonstrating what students have learned Life ‘Round Here project, where students assumed the point of view of an object and narrated Creating printed books that narrate the daily life in the classroom, special visits and fieldtrips and the physical and academic growth of the students throughout the year. …to Professional Development in Technology for VoiceThread , Mixbook , PhotoStory , Audacity , and MovieMaker . Image by CaptPiper
As I’ve mentioned, I was able to raise some funds to purchase some Flip camcorders and digital cameras for my classes to use. Though I’ve had students create some VoiceThread presentations using simple storyboards, and many of my students have created very simple online slideshows, I thought I should spend some time learning a bit about digital storytelling. Our new equipment creates some great opportunities to create more complex “learning objects” and, though them, more ways for students to develop their English and higher-order thinking skills. I knew of some resources, and contacted others who are far more experienced than me in this venue, in order to come-up with another “The Best…” list . The main criteria for a resource to be included on this list was that it was practical and accessible to someone just exploring the topic.