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8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling

8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling
Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate. Long before paper and books were common and affordable, information passed from generation to generation through this oral tradition of storytelling. Consider Digital Storytelling as the 21st Century version of the age-old art of storytelling with a twist: digital tools now make it possible for anyone to create a story and share it with the world. WHY Digital Storytelling? Digital stories push students to become creators of content, rather than just consumers. Weaving together images, music, text, and voice, digital stories can be created in all content areas and at all grade levels while incorporating the 21st century skills of creating, communicating, and collaborating. Movies, created over a century ago, represent the beginning of digital storytelling. 8 Steps to Great Digital Stories Great digital stories: 1. All stories begin with an idea, and digital stories are no different. Resources 2. Related:  Storytelling

(BRAND) STORYTELLING 101, LESSON 1 | Chelsea Tells Stories I’ve been struggling to get my storytelling resource page together for ages, but the finish line kept moving farther away…until I realized that I could do it bit by bit. There is so much to share, so I’ll be rationing it out to you here (and eventually on my professional page) in the weeks/months (years?) to come. The first instalment is from my recent master’s research project: ‘Telling Stories, Building Brands.’ Bored already? Despite what you may have learned in high school English class, there is no universally accepted definition of story or what makes a story. Actors engaged in actions to achieve goals – there should be a “valued end point”Insight into what the actors are thinking and feelingObservable personal evolution or change in the life of a characterCausality – what caused things to happen as they did? Organizations of all kinds–non-profit, for-profit, public sector and private–could learn a great deal from Charity: Water and its use of brand storytelling. P.S. Like this:

Modern Lessons Welcome to the new online learning platform for the Global Education Database! It’s a free, simple, and quick way to learn new skills, find new education resources, and figure out how to do just about anything a modern teacher or student needs. Take as many courses as you like – they’re free and all you need to do is sign up to get started. Register To Start Learning Free View More Courses Home : Inform Make Story a Priority | Seven Story Learning The privileged status of story. Our minds prefer to prioritize stories more highly than they do communication in other forms of information, like lists and figures. University of Virginia Psychologist Daniel T. Willingham has referred to stories as “psychologically privileged.” He writes, “Research from the last 30 years shows that stories are indeed special. Stories are easy to comprehend and easy to remember, and that’s true not just because people pay close attention to stories; there is something inherent in the story format that makes them easy to understand and remember.” Effective Stories Pique Our Curiosity Research shows that there is a “Goldilocks” aspect regarding the level of causality that makes a story grab our attention. Our Brains Index Memories as Stories In a 1994 study by Dr. We don’t fully understand why stories are easier to remember than lists, but Roger Schank explains that our brains index every bit of information and every experience we have in story format. Sources:

Popular Methods for Online Storytelling By Sabina Idler The act of storytelling is present in every culture. Storytelling, when done well, can move people to take action. The way we tell stories has evolved drastically over time. We constantly find new methods for preserving and sharing our stories: From drawings on cave walls, verbal recounting passed down from generation to generation and songs to more modern ways like newspapers, books, audio and video recordings. The newest place to tell stories is the Internet. Let’s take a look at how you can get the most out of online storytelling by going through the most common ways we tell stories on the Web, as well as by discussing a few examples of good online storytelling. Storytelling Through Text While contemporary web technologies allow for all different kinds of content presentation, text is still one of the most common methods for telling stories on the Internet. Textual content can be very effective, and sometimes it’s the only option that makes sense or is practical. Goruck

27 Simple Ways To Get Students Excited About Innovation Recently, our neighbors introduced us to a couple of their friends who are from Spain. They are both professors here and have a kid who will be entering college in the US this fall. We were chatting about where we’ve lived and where we’d like to, and the topic of taxes came up. One of the things that was mentioned is that in Spain (and in Europe more generally) things like healthcare are offered free of cost and higher education is much much cheaper there than in the US due to the differences in our tax systems. But one of the reasons they thought it was better that their daughter was going to go to school in the US is that they felt that the opportunities for innovation are much bigger here. That got me thinking: what makes a particular teacher innovative doesn’t necessarily help their students to be innovative. Learn more about the failures Take risks Find out what inspires you Share your ideas with others and work together Reach beyond your own abilities

Fanzingo The Joy of Data Driven Storytelling 9 apps for creating multimedia content Until a few years ago designing an attractive presentation, or any other form of multimedia content, required expert designers. You first had to explain your idea to the designer who would then spend hours in isolation, using complex tools and software, to turn them into reality. Most of the times, however, you would still go away dissatisfied with the final product. However, this is no more the case thanks to different online tools available freely on the internet. Using these tools,you can create multimedia content in a matter of minutes. You no longer need to explain your brains out to a designer who would still prefer following his own ideas. All you need is an internet connection and a creative mind. Here’s a list of 9 such tools that you can turn your ideas into reality instantly. 1. Without a shadow of doubt, EWC Presenter is one of the best tools out there for creating rich multimedia content. There’s no need for any coding or designing knowledge either. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9.

3 Student Tech Trends Teachers Should Know About If you’re just settling into what will hopefully be a nice, long, and relaxing summer break, then congratulations. You deserve it. I’ll just sit here waiting for you to … okay, done relaxing? Let’s talk about some of the biggest student tech trends that students will be talking about when you head back to class in the fall. It’s important to know not just what connected teachers are looking at and tinkering with in terms of technology. Note: The following trends are based simply on what I’ve seen and heard online and while talking with students. Trend #1: Facebook Isn’t Cool (But It’s Useful) No matter what you might think, Facebook isn’t cool . While Facebook has fallen somewhat out of favor with teens and your typical K-12 students, it doesn’t mean to ignore it. But it is useful . Trend #2: Less About Phone, More About App The next biggest trend I’m seeing is the amount of importance placed on smartphones and tablets . It would seem that students are quite savvy trend-watchers.

5 Brilliant Tools for Student Storytelling Once upon a time, there was a class full of students. They needed to learn to tell vibrant, engaging, complex stories for a myriad of educational benefits. Storytelling would help them learn to express themselves clearly, to structure their thoughts and hone their descriptive skills. But the students were cursed with boredom – with only a pen and paper to create their masterpieces they were bored and limited and the results were distinctly lackluster. Then, one day, their teacher discovered a myriad of exciting online tools to sprinkle their stories with magic and excitement once again! 1. This great iPhone or iPad app enables kids to create stories quickly and easily by combining writing with audio and visual tools. 2. This clever tool essentially turns the student’s device into a recordable whiteboard complete with digital ink, voice recording, text and pictures. 3. 4. Allows students to make short, art-inspired stories they can share on any device. 5.

Digital Storytelling 106: Open, Participatory, Student-centric, Social...the Future? Far more important to me than all the venture-capitalized consortia of elite university MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and the hundreds of thousands of students flocking to them is a course taught by an adjunct professor at University of Mary Washington. In my personal learning network, Jim Groom and ds106 are the stuff of legend. I’ve conducted more than 40 interviews for DMLcentral, and without a doubt, Jim Groom is the most excited and exciting educator I’ve talked to. If I had one wish regarding the way online education will happen in the future, it would be for the work of Groom and his colleagues Alan Levine, Martha Burtis, and Tom Woodward, the architects of ds106, to be as widely known and discussed as the work of Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun, the architects of the "100,000 student classroom.” Assignments? DS106: An Open, Participatory, Student-centric, Community-focused Course on Digital Storytelling from DML Research Hub on Vimeo.

How The Best Web Tools Fit Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy There are some very popular tools and apps out there. We showcase a boatload of them here on Edudemic. But there’s been a growing trend of figuring out how to actually integrate all these together and how to effectively use the best web tools to enhance learning in the classroom. One of the most powerful visualizations to date has been the fabulous Padagogical Wheel (with an ‘a’ instead of an ‘e’) that shows how to integrate iPads into just about everything like SAMR and beyond. Now there’s a new visual guide that you should check out. It’s a pyramid that I spotted on Pinterest here . Creation I really like how you can easily tell which tools and apps work best on each level. Evaluating Next level down is evaluating which showcases one of my favorite learning resources: YouTube. Analyzing In the analyzing level, we see the Google Earth icon. Applying In the applying level, you can’t go wrong trying out Evernote in the classroom . Understanding Remembering

A New Tool for Adding Storytelling to Your Product Pitches Suddenly, these objects are part of an inspiring narrative — one that I can use to reveal something meaningful about myself to others. That’s something I am willing to pay for. - Ty Montague What if there was a tool that helped you through each step of the storytelling process: content gathering, narrative construction, and slide design. Think of it as “iMovie trailers for product pitches.” There are countless books, articles, and blog posts out there preaching the persuasive value of storytelling. It’s becoming common knowledge that emotional appeals, user-centric content, and compelling narratives can influence customers, investors, and evangelists. However, after all the inspirational reading, people are still left with the same broken process for building their story. So I came up with something that makes it easier to design stories for your product. Focus on the Narrative, Not Just Slide Design The first few slides of the template are instructional.