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No More Grading Papers: Using Digital Storytelling to facilitate reflection and demonstrate student learning

How-ToDigital StorytellingOverview of digital storytellingProvides evidence of learning in a way that is appealing to employers (beyond text)Enables demonstration of skills otherwise hard to articulate or demonstrate (civic skills)Allows for creativity and personality. A powerful form of communication (McLellan, 2006).Increases your technological capabilities or demonstrate some you may already have (video editing, production)Builds capacity to create something of value to future employers (learning more than how to work with Word, PowerPoint, Excel)Practice your response to interview questions (elevator speech what did you learn)

Important for Students3Highlight academic projects, interests or initiatives, but most importantly, to reflect on how we are shaped by the stories we live and how we in turn share our diverse identities (Wright & Ryan, 2010).Sharing who you areWhen the writer is engaged personally with a topic, they impart a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone. It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, and wit, the feeling, the life and breath.

( Power of Voice

When words are infused by the human voice, they come alive Maya Angelou (April 1928 May 2014)

An illustration of learningA way of documenting an experience(s)One way to facilitate the reflection process4-6 minute digital video clipFirst person narrativeTold in your own voiceIllustrated (mostly) by still imagesAdditional music added to evoke emotions

What is Digital Storytelling?

Refers to a kind of video story as well as the methodology used to produce them

The methodology is the integration of knowledge, cutting, paraphrasing, revising, synthesizing, and reflecting (Alexander, 2001).What is Digital Storytelling?7Overall purpose of the story demonstrate evidence of learningTheme : a dramatic question. metaphor, quotePacing of the narrative and clarity of voice (talking too fast)Meaningful soundtrackImages that communicate meaning

What makes for a great Digital Story?The Process

While following the guidelines from your instructor, Consider your audienceWhat your experience means to youHow you identify with others

Write your reflectionIdentify/highlight important concepts/ideasAnother means that helps with editing/proofingAssists with timing & pace of the storyProvides direction in what images to gatherAids in the recording process


Step 1: highlight key words or concepts

Step 2: Identify when the transitions will occur. The /// indicate the start of the next image.IMPORTANTCreate a folder on your desktop to store all of your images and musicOpen a word document to begin capturing your referencesFree from the web (Google images, Flickr)Educational Opportunity on Copyright Laws and Intellectual Property

Create using PowerPoint, then export as JPEG

Snipping Tool PC users - Start Menu > All Programs > AccessoriesMac users Command+Shift+4

Get your own!Gather an image for each concept/idea highlighted

Using Google ImagesSafe SearchAdvanced Search and usage rights

One way to find and document royalty-free imagesGo to a copyright free website e.g. search word to find images for your story e.g. Select the image that you like.Right click on the imageIf you are using Firefox, select the Copy Image Location If you are using Internet Explorer, select the properties and copy the URL from the opening window.

How to avoid copyright law infringement with digital media

Collecting images and citationsSelect a programiMovie (Mac)PhotoStory 3 (PC)Windows Live Movie Maker (PC)Garageband (audio)Built-in Audio recorderBuilt-in musicAudacity (audio)Pros:Ideal for Mac users, great templates (transitions), nice editing tool, automatically publishes to YouTubePros:Great transition toolEasy to photo editorBuilt-in tools

Pros: More commonly knownCons:challenging to get started (even for Mac users)hard for non-PC usersCons:Small screenFinal product can seem choppier (recording on each slide)Will not work for Windows 8 ****Cons:Less flexibility with transitionsMust combine narrative and music on other software (Audacity)Cloud-based alternativesGoogle Drive Metta StoryInstructions: Go to Google DriveClick on CREATEClick CONNECT MORE APPS Search for Metta Story

Cloud-based alternatives (cont)

Free MP3 conversion resources

Search YouTube for karaoke version of a song

Select MusicShare/PublishYouTube ( Unlisted ****Private

Vimeo (

Your ePortfolio!

Most important thing ---- your references MUST be permanently connected to your digital story.

Two Options:Create a .jpeg of your references in PPT, then make it your last image in your digital story.Paste the references into the Description box when you upload the .wmv file to YouTubereferencesCampus ResourcesUniversity Librarys Rich Media CenterReserve your space ahead of time

IT Training (

Check out headsets Office of Community Engagement (University Hall 4008R); Available to use for 24hrs

Technology Support: Ashlee Kimmel

Average person speaks 100 words/minConsider the length of the songChallenges uploading to YouTube make sure its a .wmv file

General Tips