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Engaging Learners through Digital Storytelling: 40+ Resources & Tips

Engaging Learners through Digital Storytelling: 40+ Resources & Tips
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Evaluating Projects | Digitales "A story should be remembered for its soul, not the bells and whistles." Bernajean Porter If you don’t have a good or powerful story, script, and storyboard, then there will never be enough decorating that technology can do to cover it up. On the other hand, demonstrating exemplar craftsmanship with mixing the technical elements in artful ways to unfold your story creates compelling, insightful, original and memorable pieces of communication. The richness of a good story can be diluted when technical elements are not artfully developed, over used, distracting, or just plain annoying. Quality craftsmanship intentionally uses each technical element (images, sound, transitions, music, special effects, titles, pacing, and design) to provide an integral contribution to telling the story in a way that the removal of that element would lesson the emotional impact and understanding. Digital Media Scoring Guides Feedback Informal Reflecting What parts of the story touch you? Formal Reflecting

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories and Good News vs. Bad News “The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.” This season has been ripe with Kurt Vonnegut releases, from the highly anticipated collection of his letters to his first and last works introduced by his daughter, shedding new light on the beloved author both as a complex character and a masterful storyteller. All the recent excitement reminded me of an old favorite, in which Vonnegut maps out the shapes of stories, with equal parts irreverence and perceptive insight, along the “G-I axis” of Good Fortune and Ill Fortune and the “B-E axis” of Beginning and Entropy. The below footage is an excerpt from a longer talk, the transcript of which was published in its entirety in Vonnegut’s almost-memoir A Man Without a Country (public library) under a section titled “Here is a lesson in creative writing,” featuring Vonnegut’s hand-drawn diagrams. Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.

BJP's Books & Articles | Digitales Books Articles I-imagine: Taking MY Place in the World ~ A Scrapbooking Journey PLUS Teacher's Guide (PDF Books) In life you have two choices. You either create a future for yourself, or adapt to a future created for you by others.- Larry Quick I-imagine™: Taking MY Place in the World is a personal, scrapbooking journey grounded in new research showing significant gains that comes from inspiring hope, joy and action in learners. I-imagine's Student Scrapbook (60 Pages) and Teacher's Guide (140 pages) are bundled as a complete do-your-own vision videos curriculum package. Order Now More Details Wiki Resources Digitales: The Art of Digital Storytelling This enchanted book by Bernajean Porter shares the art and possibilities of telling digital stories. While there are many technical books on hardware and software as well as traditional storytelling books, there are few books like DigiTales written to blend the power of both together. Purchase for iPad Purchase for Kindle More Details Download PDF

DigitalStorytelling4Kids [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Welcome DigitalStorytelling “I know only one thing about the technologies that awaits us in the future:We will find ways to tell stories with them.” Jason Ohlar Presentation brought to you by American TESOL! Slideshow of the Presentation Download the Hand-Outs from the Presentation! *Elements of the Story- Hand-out by Kevin Hodgson *Character Development- Hand-out by Kevin Hodgson *Storyboarding- Hand-out by Kevin Hodgson *Storyboarding- Hand-out by Bernajean Porter Videos Featured in the Presentation *A Short Love Story in Stop Motion by Carlos Lascano A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo. *How A Short Love Story was Created *Chiarastella- Stop Motion Film by Raffaella Traniello's class Chiarastella from Raffaella Traniello on Vimeo. *How Chiarastella was Created *How to create stopmotion claymation films using PowerPoint by Maryna Badenhorst. Featured Tools/ Websites from the Presentation! *Creaza - Create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! *VoiceThread for Educators *Storybird *Vimeo *PhotoXpress

9 Web 2.0 Sites to Publish Student Work Written by Mark Brumley Publish and Share Student Work Publishing educational technology enhanced content online, in eye-catching formats, is easier than ever. And, students love to publish their projects online and share with their family and friends. Two Publishing Categories Online content publishing (leaving out the massive blogging category) falls into two broad categories. Yudu Yudu lets you upload all sorts of content including Word documents and PDF’s. Flipsnack Flipsnack is very similar to Yudu and is extremely easy to use. Issuu Issuu (pronounced “issue”) is another option to upload almost any document format and transform it into a virtual flipping book. Tikatok Tikatok is aimed at younger students and is a wonderful tool for story creation. Mixbook Mixbook is very similar to Tikatok but features some sophisticated editing tools perfect for middle or high school students. Lulu Lulu is like a combination of Epubbud and Mixbook. YouPublish YouPublish is similar to Scribd.

Five Card Flickr English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories We’ve asked Larry Ferlazzo, a prolific blogger and Twitter user who has written a recent book called “English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work,” to do a guest post for us today. More than five million children in the United States enter school each year speaking a language other than English. That amount is expected to grow to 25% by the year 2025. It’s not surprising, then, that we hear from readers regularly that the more we can offer for this group, the better. Larry has an interesting background: he spent the first twenty years of his career as a community organizer in California, often working with foreign-born populations. When he became a high school teacher six years ago, he realized that many of the strategies he used as an organizer translated easily to the classroom. Please let us know how you address E.L.L. issues in your classroom by joining the conversation below. English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories By LARRY FERLAZZO The key element?

by Jamie Keddie » Lying on the pavement Why are you lying on the pavement? Are you drunk? In this activity, students explore issues that are raised in the video before acting out the street scene with a script. Language level: Elementary – Intermediate (A1 – B1)Learner type: Young learners; Teens; AdultsTime: 60 – 90 minutesMain activity: Drama; Role playTopic: Psychology and behaviourLanguage: Negative auxiliaries; Modal auxiliaries; Perfect tenses; Adjectives; The verb Let; The adverb JustMaterials: Music video and worksheetsLying on the pavement [downloaded 3251 times] Lesson plan outline Before your students enter the classroom, draw the outline of a person on the floor. As students enter the classroom, note any reactions to the figure on the floor but try not to get involved in any discussion at this stageAsk everyone to sit around the figure.Ask students to offer explanations for the presence of the figure. Tell students that they are going to act out the scene in their groups. Follow ups

Magic in Education! Visual storytelling: 14 tools for journalists Credit: Image by TapiF on Flickr. Some rights reserved Over the past year here at Journalism.co.uk we have reported on a number of new tools and platforms which have been launched or updated, which offer journalists different ways of telling stories visually. Our news:rewired events have also highlighted a number of those tools, most recently in a dedicated session on visual storytelling at news:rewired - digital stories, which was held last Thursday (6 December). Here is a list of just 14 tools that journalists might find useful. Timelines 1. Users simply sign up to Timetoast and then they can create embeddable timelines. Each event added to the timeline can have an image and link added to it. At news:rewired last week Paul Rowland, deputy head of content (digital), Media Wales, recommended using Timetoast to build timelines, showing one he created on "Wales' rise and fall since Rugby World Cup 2011" as an example of the tool in use. 2. Data visualisations 3. 4. 5. Multimedia packages 6. 7.

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