1.Beyond the Boring Book Report: How to Use Digital Storytelling Amanda Nickel Minford High School English Instructor [email_address]
2. About Me
Have taught 7-12 grade Language Arts and Technology
Mother to (soon to be 7 year old) Carter
I graduated from Portsmouth East High School, and I live in Wheelersburg
M.Ed Educational Technology
This is my 9 th year of teaching
3. Name Game!
Who are you???
Tell us your name and 1or 2 interesting fact(s) about yourself.
My picture was on Oprah!!
I studied in London, England.
4. Words from a Student
Teach me in new ways. Connect with me.
Be THAT teacher.
I want to be creative. Let people hear my voice.
Believe in my ability. Im not looking for Hollywood.
I want to be a storyteller.
5. What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.
6. Digital Storytelling Allows Students to:
Improve their writing.
Have a voice.
Digital storytelling projects lend themselves well to portfolio assessment.
Writing digital stories ignites a love of learning and creates powerful teaching stories for others to share and enjoy.
7. The Learning Power of Digital Storytelling
Encourages Students to write and to work at becoming better writers
Fosters critical thinking skills
Gives students a voice
Tells a personal narrative
Helps students retain knowledge longer
Enhances learning by encouraging students to communicate
Helps students make a connection
Works well with portfolio assessment
Promotes digital literacy
8. An Intro 9. Student Work Kindergarten Student 10. More Student Work 12 thGrade Student 11. What you need
12. The Process
Collect/sort/decide which ideas to pursue
Research (Save Pictures, Videos, etc)
Build the story
What is the assignment?
Example- The Color Purple theme assignment
Discuss theme and potential themes from the novel
Will this be in chronological order??Process?(ex. Life Cycle, Creation of a sculpture, How a Bill Becomes a Law)
14. Research- This takes the most time
Search for pictures and/or videos
Be sure students create a new folder andSAVE TO THAT SAME FOLDER EVERY TIME!!!
The key is to find as many pictures as possible and then sort through later.It is better to have too many pictures than not enough.
Some students may already have a song in mind.Have this song file saved in the same folder as well.It is easiest to rip music from a CD or have it transferred from a flash drive.
15. Create Storyboard
This step is often skipped but is very important with organization
Advertisers use storyboards for commercials
What is the movie going to look like?
How will it flow?
Can create one using Word- may just draw/sketch it out
16. Build the Story
Time to put it all together!!!
First Step: Import pictures
17. Importing the Pictures
Select the entire folder
Giving the Movie a Title
Click on 2. Edit Movie
Make Titles or Credits
Drag pictures to storyboard
2. Edit Movie- View Video Transitions
2. Edit Movie- View Video Effects
Click on SHOW TIMELINE
Click and drag to shorten or lengthen a slide
20. Adding Music
You may have already imported the music when you imported the picture files.
Click on 1. Capture Video - Import Audio or Music and select file
File will show up like a music note
Click and drag that down to the storyboard just like the pictures
21. Adding Text
2. Edit Movie Make Titles or Credits
Text can go before or after slides
Credits can be added to the end (practice citation)
22. Revise/Edit (VERY IMPORTANT)
Correct spelling/grammar mistakes
When the movie is COMPLETELY FINISHED- no more changes needed, it is time to publish
This is under Step 3 Finish Movie
Click on SAVE TO MY COMPUTER, title the movie, and select the saving location (i.e H DRIVE)