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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Storytelling has always been a significant part of history, but the means through which the stories have been told has evolved with each civilization. From the oral histories presented by bards in ancient courts, to the works of scribes during the Renaissance, to newspapers, CNN, and now the Internet, personal narrative has been used to communicate the events of the past. Digital storytelling now combines tradition with technology and allows students to tell stories through voice, text, images, audio, and video. Digital stories allow students to take a linear series of events and turn them into a multidimensional experience. It encourages them to communicate, collaborate, and research as well as to infuse media into the process. Visit our digital storytelling apps page for recommendations for any device. "Telling Their Stories" - Oral History Archive Project of the Urban School Youth Producing Change - Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

Coursera About the Course Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling introduces educators to digital storytelling and explores ways to use digital stories to enhance students’ learning experience. The course is designed to be comprehensive yet fundamental. By comprehensive we mean that the course provides a solid foundation to all of the components of a digital story and illustrates these components with tutorials, example stories and links to additional readings. The course also provides a hands-on opportunity for learners to create their own digital stories. The course is fundamental because it covers the basic process of creating a digital story starting with just a simple script and as little as one still image. Course Syllabus Over the course of eight weeks, we will cover the following topics: Topic 1: Choosing a topic and purpose Topic 1 introduces you to the basics of digital storytelling. Recommended Background The course is primarily intended for: Suggested Readings

Language Magazine Making Learners Click with Digital Storytelling - Language Magazine Nile Stanley and Brett Dillingham see the value in connecting learning literacy, language, and technology through storytelling What Is Digital Storytelling? Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching and probably the best way to learn. Recent research indicates our brains are actually “hard wired” to remember information in storytelling format (Willingham, 2004). Why Digital Storytelling? Create a Story, Not a Bad Movie! How does the teacher insure effective integration of digital storytelling into the curriculum? Digitize stories with Movie Maker So how does one evoke the electronic muse and get started composing digital stories? What does digital storytelling development for second language look like at the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels? Evaluation The following are some general instructional strategies for teaching and improving live and digital storytelling performances that should be used at all levels. Model the language of response and criticism.

Heart and Voice: A Digital Storytelling Journey By: Kerry Ballast Date: September 2007 Summary: With no knowledge of the genre or the technology, high school teacher Kerry Ballast took the risk of having her students create digital stories from their personal memoirs. It's like playing a movie of what goes on in your mind when you write. Adrianne – 9th grade It was one of those teaching experiences I never wanted to end. They described their greatest joys, their darkest thoughts, and their most embarrassing secrets. The memoir assignment was open ended and left room for a wide range of interpretations. The results were dramatic. "I'm the keeper of everyone else's backpacks and water bottles. Michael, also a sophomore, reluctantly shared a piece in which he admitted that he has a morbid fascination with car accidents and other unnatural disasters. Too Good to Let Go Of When we finished several rounds of informal writing, I filed our work away. But what did I mean by "reintroduce the memoirs?" Taking a Chance To be honest, that's all I had.

The Power of Digital Storytelling, With Kathy Schrock (plus a Zillion Resources!) “A story can put your whole brain to work. And yet, it gets better …” – The Science of Storytelling It was my great pleasure to meet the amazing Kathy Schrock this week, and to experience her wonderful keynote presentation, “Telling the Story: Lessons Learned from the Outside World“, at the TLIPAD 2014 Conference. Isn't it amazing how there are always more things to learn about in the ever-changing world of digital technology? Kathy explained and illustrated many fun, engaging possibilities using storytelling techniques to create lessons that provide powerful learning experiences. If you're not already familiar with Kathy's work, you're missing out on a wealth of resources from one of education's most informed technology advocates. Why Storytelling is so Effective and Some Fun Examples A few of the insights gleaned from these resources and references that they cite: “If someone tells us about how delicious certain foods were, our sensory cortex lights up. Don't you find this fascinating?

About ds106 Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that happens at various times throughout the year at the University of Mary Washington… but you can join in whenever you like and leave whenever you need. This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer, a hardy internet connection, preferably a domain of your own and some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster. In August-December 2013, we ran an experimental open version of ds106 where… THERE WAS NO TEACHER! What? How is that possible? Learn more about the idea for Headless ds106 and how it planned out including an unexpected group collaboration for the story of GIFACHROME. The Headless ds106 content has been repackaged as an ongoing, not time bound Open DS106 Course Experience. What is Digital Storytelling? Digital Storytelling in ds106 The course objectives are rather straightforward: Are you ready now? Need more?

Q&A: Digital Storytelling with Shelly Sanchez Terrell Even the best teachers sometimes need help with moving forward and achieving their goals. Educator Shelly Sanchez Terrell has written the book on motivating teachers. The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers walks educators through the process of setting and achieving short- and long-term aims in the classroom and beyond. The website supporting the book brings together a community of teachers who share tips on how they worked through their own troubles to reach success. Sanchez also keeps an active blog on the changing nature of technology and education — Teacher Reboot Camp — which was recently named one of 2014’s EdTech: Focus on K–12 “50 Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs.” We spoke with Terrell recently about how the growing online community of educators has helped shape her own journey. EDTECH: K–12 is a huge arena. TERRELL: You’re right. Each post also ends with an achievable challenge because I believe we should try to put into practice what we learn. TERRELL: Honestly, Twitter!

Tech2Learn - Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling has many definitions, but usually involves the telling of our personal stories combining digital technology to integrate text, sound, graphics and sometimes film. It is a great way for students to begin working with multimedia projects because they tell their own story, learning the techniques and technical tools of this kind of creative expression, but within a familiar context. Technology and Digital Stories Digital stories involve some or all of these components:an engaging and well written storyslides or clipsbackgroundsgraphics or imagestextsounds, narration and/or musica transition to move from slide to slide or clip to clipa title slide and an ending slide that lists credits 7 Elements of Digital Stories Audience - Stories have a particular audience in mind.Purpose - Stories are trying to accomplish a task (inform, educate, entertain, scare, etc.)Content - Content must be meaningful. Adapted from the Center for Digital Storytelling Other Sites... Helpful Handouts

27 Meaningful (and Fun) Ways to Use Technology for Teaching and Learning A Cavalcade of Inspiring Ideas for Kicking up Learning and Enhancing Engagement in Your Classroom! There are enough ideas, resources, and (mostly) free tools here to keep you exploring and learning all year long. Have at it! 1. There is just no limit to the way that students can use the endless free resources available on the Web to create! 2. If there are devices at your student's disposal, using them to let students provide real time feedback has never been easier. 3. Collaboration is a vital 21st century skill, and collaborating via the web with your students can be free and easy! 4. 2015 was an awesome year for Augmented Reality tools for the classroom. 5. We've all heard the buzz about “gamification”. 6. The Maker Movement and Maker Spaces got a lot of attention over the last year, and deservedly so … when students create, they learn! 7. 8. One of the funnest ways to use collaborative tools in the classroom is to create with them! 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information Big Universe- for younger childrenBlurb- prices start at $10.95 (small book) discounts on quantity orders Bookemon BoomWriter- students write a book together; class gets one free copy (free shipping) ClassikTV- create a movie by adding subtitles to old movie scenes Creaza- suite of creative tools, including cartoonist, movie editor, audio editor and mindmaps DigiTales- create 3-5 minute stories from these types: living memories, beyond words, itza wrap Do Ink- create Flash-style animations using a "simple and friendly vector editor Domo Animate- free animation website offers characters with dialogue, backdrops and special effects Glogster- drag and drop text, images, audio, video drawings and more; premium edition has no ads Kerpoof- make movies, cards, drawings,pictures, tell stories; for grades K-8; site also has lesson plans and teacher tools. Lightning Bug -assists students in writing a story from finding an idea to finishing the story My eBook- create novels, comics, magazines, brochures

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Digital storytelling allows computer users to become creative storytellers by first beginning with the traditional processes of selecting a topic, conducting research, writing a script, and developing an interesting story. This material is then combined with various types of multimedia, including still images, recorded audio, computer-generated text, video clips, and music so that it can be played on a computer, added to a web site, posted on a blog, or burned on a DVD. The script for an educational digital story is one of the most important components that students will create. We stress to our students and workshop participants that a good digital story must first be a good story and that no matter how much expertise a student has with technology, a poorly written story will not be improved by fancy transitions and other digital effects. The First Version of the Script Story Circles Lambert uses writing prompts to get the script writing process started. Story Circle Etiquette

Great ideas for first animation projects Frames has tools that make it perfect for stopmotion, cartooning, claymation, and digital storytelling. While there are a lot of features, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get started. Like all our tools, you will find Recipe tutorials that can help you learn enough to have the confidence to start with your students. Create a visual poem Visual poetry is a fun way to analyze word choice and explore meaning and vocabulary. While poems like Frost’s “The Road Less Traveled” are favorites of teen angst, poetry that speaks to student’s lives, like “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks or “Last Night I Drove a Car” by Gregory Corso, can help motivate them to dig deeper. Students love their favorite songs, so consider using lyrics as a form of poetry. To implement with students, have them read, reread, and explore the words in each line of the poem, discussing meaning and author’s intent. To get started: • complete the Visual Poetry tutorial• download the Visual Poetry lesson plan

The Top 17 Free Digital Storytelling Apps for The iPad 1-StoryKit This is an awesome iOS app that allows users to easily create an electronic storybook via illustrations by drawing on the screen, using pictures and text, and recording audio to attach to stories. 2- Talking Tom & Ben News This is fun app to use. 3- I Tell a Story This is a free app that allows users to narrate and record their stories with their own voice and language. 4- Scholastic Storia This is an app that is designed to help kids learn and love to read in a fun and interactive way. 5- Talking Tom Cat This is a cool app that lets you interact with Tom, your pet. 6- Toontastic This app allows kids to draw, animate and share their own cartoons through imaginative play. 7- Our Story This app lets young learners take part in fun games that can help them develop their reading skills. 8- Bunsella Bedtimes Story This is an app that allows parents to narrate a bedtime story for their child,add their photos, then compile their voice-over to the images. 9- Idea Sketch 10- Sock Puppets