July 2, 2008
Arnie Abrams is opening the session by stating that digital storytelling should be more about the writing – and the writing process – than about the technology.
Benefits of digital storytelling:
- can be made interactive
- provides real audience
- works for the “YouTube generation”
- helps develop visual literacy
- helps to understand mass media
- requires presentation skills
- develops writing skills
We can now do digital storytelling 2.0 – interactive (VoiceThread – my idea, not his;-)
Ten step development process:
- start with a good story
- write an outline/script
- brainstorm visual ideas, music
- findavisual, shoot
- edit visulas
- add title , graphics
- record narration
- match visual to audio. add music
- produce, revise, present, distribute
Meg Ormiston quote “Without a structure students will focus on adding images, music, and other elements instead of focusing on the content and organization”
Storyboarding – recommends using index cards so kids can move slides around.
Ways to build a digital story:
- Stills in a folder
- PowerPoint (export PNGs)
- Slide show programs – Photoshop Elements
- Video editing programs
- DVD authoring
- iPhoto – Mac only and lacks features, such as titles
- Photoshop Elements – has slideshow option – with 2 audio tracks! And nice pan and zoom effect; add clip art on top of images via drag and drop; good edit control – but only makes WMV format – appropriate for 5th grade on up
- PhotoStory 3 – Windows only. You can work only with stills – and doesn’t run with Vista. You can bring in your own music – or create your own copyright-free music.
- Corel VideoStudio – appropriate for 6th grade up – Windows only. Allows importing music and video from DVDs. Bottom third option for text. Has 5.1 surround sound – nice for exporting to DVDs. Also allows exporting into all the basic formats (mov, avi, etc.)
- iMovie – previous versions great, but iLife 08 pretty much sucks – but you can download previous version.
- Clicker – works on Mac and Windows – Arnie has developed storytelling templates to get kids started. Appropriate for primary kids. Includes text reader, but they can also use microphone option.
Tip for copyright issues: Include a disclaimer on your site with offer to remove images, etc., by request. Here’s a sample one from Arnie:
“Many of the digital stories on our site include images and audio found on the Internet using commonly available search engines. The stories have been created for non-profit, educational use by students and teachers and we hope are within the fair use protection of existing copyright laws. If any copyright owner objects to the use of any work appearing on this site, please contact us and we will remove the work and review the propriety of including it.”
June 30, 2008
Bernajean Porter is asking us the difference between a story and storytelling. It’s a “lesson learned” that raises a story to storytelling. We’re watching the sample The Music in My Heart, with the tip that when justifying storytelling in your curriculm, make sure you always end by focusing on the difference it makes to an individual student.
Digital storytelling is tuned in tightly to the writing process. You’ve got to have some art to the story, plus a good beginning and solid end. It’s about stories having power and memorability.
Sample exercise: The prompt is “write about a time when technology made a difference in the life of a student” Check out samples and tips at Become a Storykeeper Wiki. Bernajean’s passion for the need to make and share stories about making a difference in the lives of children is infectious. She’s proposing a national project.
“There’s amazing power in storytelling for learning and for spirit. We have to start celebrating from our hearts how teachers make a difference for kids.” Bernajean Porter
June 30, 2008
Mike Ribble, director of Technology from Manhattan-Ogden School District in Kansas, is starting his session on digital citizenship, using the NETS standard. His opening quote in from the movie “Full Disclosure” with the quote “May you live in interesting times.” Technology opens so many possibilities but also so many issues.
NETS*Standard 5 in-a-nutshell definition: “The norms appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” Full blown: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal ethical behavior.
Why is digital citizenship important? (Side trip into Michael Wesch’s video A Vision of Students Today. What are the issues?:
- providing tools without explaining how to use them
- between two generations – one that has watched the growth of technology and one that has not known a world without digital opportunities (Prensky)
- Setting a foundation for the future
Key Questions for today’s session:
- What are the issues related to Digital Citizenship?
- digital access
- digital commerce
- digital communication
- digital literacy
- digital security
- digital etiquette
- digital rights and responsibilities
- digital law
- digital health and welfare
- How are we going to deal with them?
- to understand Digital Citizenship we need to be able to see all the parts (Peter Senge, 1990)
- working with AUPs – how can we turn them from negative phrasing to positive? (Jordan School District, Jordan Utah video on students powering down for school). How do we make it clear to students what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate. Considering that first graders are showing up to school with cell phones, we have to start in kindergarten.
- Digital law: the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use.
- YouTube video of teacher hitting a student, taken by a student on a cell phone
- Digital health and welfare: the elements of physical and psychological well-being related to digital technology use. Internet addiction problem is exploding. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to alcoholism.
- Digital security (self-protection): the precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of their network. Constant issue with kids finding proxy servers to tunnel on by the firewall.
- Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. Everyone should have opportunity to be involved in a digital society.
- Dgial Communication: electronic exchange of information. All users of digital technologies need to understand the rules and options when using digital communication (cell phones, blogs, wikis, RSS).
- Digital etiquette: the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users. Students need to realize how their use of technology affects others.
- Digital rights and responsibilities: the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology uers, and the behavioral expectations that come with them.
- Digital literacy – the capability to use digital technology and knowing when and hwo to use it.
- Digital commerce: the buying and selling of goods online.
So what do we do now? Where do we begin? Don’t attempt to teach them all at once. Work from the framework and work back out. IT departments and teaching and learning need to work together. State and federal need to coordinate where and how technology should be monitored.
June 30, 2008
I’m in Janine Lim’s CAP session. She’s walking us through the new features at CAPspace, which make it easier for teachers to connect and to advertise their videoconferencing projects. The new Templates option makes it easy to provide others with information on specific projects. Once you’ve completed your template, you can click on the Collaborate button if you’re wanting to locate partner classes or to just share about your project.
Heading in to check out the links on her blog…and looking forward to RAP 2009!
June 30, 2008
I’m sitting in a very packed room with Rushton Hurley (I’m actually hiding from the fire code folks up front where they can’t see that I’m exceeding the room limit). Low Tech Advice:
- time limits
- violence and martial arts (think high school boys)
- podcasts and slideshows – ask the students “Is this what you want other people to hear.” Ease kids into projects so they care about a quality produce
- alone or with others – helps kids who don’t have the equipment
- alternatives – you can give students non-video options such as posters (but they’ll want to do video!)
Resources: These resouces can be used as long as you cite them:
Titles and Screenshots:
- using save-as in PowerPoint (use save as > save as type > save as jpg option)
- Google Earth or Sketch Up
- PicLens – plug in for your browser – perfect fix for those with “iPhone envy.” Great tool for teaching vocabulary, for instance.
- CreativeCommons.com- KIds need to read the attribution requirements; otherwise, they’ll go to Google and not only violate copyright but also pick something that will pixalate like crazy.
- Morguefile.com (newspaper term) – Huge file sizes, which are good for video.
- Motion should ahve a purpose (pans, faces, eyes)
- What to do if you’re on PC? Use PhotoStory3 – great, great tool and free! Import pictures > customize motion option > save. If you’re using panning, you want the motion to be different all the time (which is shortcoming with default panning (Ken Burns effect). Oh, and you can create music in Photostory. A bit “elevatorish,” but you have options. Tip: don’t use a favorite pop song because that’s what your listeners will concentrate on — not your movie.
Moving Beyond Freebies
- Macs – Final Cut Express
- PCs Adobe Premiere Elements – $99 (BHphoto.com) – It’s a memory hog, so you’ll need a good video card with lots of RAM. Remember to render often, not just save. Big advantage of having multiple tracks. Key frames feature is cool, allowing you to add great effects., such as translucent text floating across an image. Want a good mic for camera: lavalier mic.
Why do we do video?
- another way to show learning
- good for ELL, LD kiddos
- impact (“favorite thing”)
- audience – we need to expand the audience so that kids really stretch
Good news… You can contact Rushton via www.NextVista.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fabulous session!