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27 January 2010: Digital Storytelling

Attendance for today: Section 62 (9 am) - Section 63 (11 am)
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1- Overview

As human beings, we are hardwired for storytelling. The motto of the Center for Digital Storytelling is "Listen deeply. Tell stories." Digital storytelling projects can provide ideal opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate the literacy skills required to thrive in the 21st Century, as well as SHOW their mastery of traditional curriculum content. We will explore a variety of web-based and client-based digital storytelling tools, as well as frameworks for facilitating student-created digital stories.

2- Lesson

Introductory video: "I Need My Teachers To Learn" by Kevin Honeycutt and Charlie Mahoney. (3:13)

Review our course communication tools.

  1. Attend an upcoming "open lab" session for Q&A.
  2. Submit your WebCT Quarterly Checkup Quiz 1 within 24 hours of today's class. (Quiz questions will come from week 1 and week 2 "Review" questions at the bottom of each page.)

Welcome to the World of Digital Storytelling

Review from Last Week

  1. You found and tagged favorite YouTube videos and added them to our Diigo group.
  2. Discuss Twitter and educators you added to Twitter

Digital storytelling defined:

Client-based Digital Storytelling Software

Most of the digital stories in the linked examples here are created with client-based software. Examples include:
  1. iMovie
  2. Windows Live Moviemaker (Windows 7 and Vista only)
  3. Windows Moviemaker
  4. Windows PhotoStory 3

Digital stories can be created entirely online.

Respect Copyright Law When Creating and Sharing Digital Stories

  1. Copyright 101 for Educators (SlideShare)
  2. Find images from these sources, in this order for your projects:
    1. Homegrown or Public Domain sources
    2. Creative Commons licensed images
    3. Copyrighted works used under Fair Use Guidelines
  3. Recommended places to find images
    1. Compfight
    2. FlickrStorm
    3. Flickr Creative Commons Search
    4. More from Joyce Valenza's New Tools Workshop
Two Screencasts are available (on both YouTube and Screenr) demonstrating how to use CompFight and FlickrStorm.

Locate copyright friendly images with Compfight.com for an educational media project

Locate copyright friendly images with Flickrstorm for an educational media project

Video for your blog reflection this week: Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Luis (8:11)

3- Assignments

  1. No later than (NLT) 8:59 am tomorrow, Thursday, January 28, 2010, submit your first WebCT "Quarterly Checkup Quiz 1." In WebCT, click ASSESSMENTS to access it. 
  2. Use our video reflection rubric, and post to your T4T blog on Digital Generation Project Youth Portrait: Luis (8:11).
  3. Choose a video published as an independent learning project by students (at the International School of the Americas in San Antonio), link to it in a blog post, embed it in your blog post, and leave some constructive feedback for the author following our constructive feedback rubric.
  4. K-12 Student blog feedback:
    1. Select an active classroom blog (using the classroom blog finder) that you would like to serve as an informal "blogging buddy" this term for.
    2. Write at least 2 constructive feedback post on student blog posts following our feedback rubric (save these links because you'll need them later!
    3. Add the link to your student blog comment to your Diigo account, tagging it "t4t-sbc" (without quotation marks - sbc = student blog comment)
  5. Add at least five links to your Diigo account related to digital storytelling, as you visit different sites this week. Tag them appropriately.
  6. OPTIONAL THIS WEEK: Make and use your own Avatar, to use on websites like Diigo for your profile
  7. MINIPROJECT: VoiceThread
    1. Create a free educator account on VoiceThread.
    2. Select a favorite book and create a VoiceThread for the Great Book Stories project about it OR create a VoiceThread with at least 5 images about a topic about which you are passionate and want to teach others about.
    3. This MINIPROJECT will be due 17 Feb 2010 (Week 6) - Note this is 1 week later than previously announced
    4. NEW: Please watch and use the screencasts posted to our T4T FAQ blog about using VoiceThread!

4- Resources

Digital Storytelling Video Examples:

5- Review

What is the direct URL / link to your blog reflection about Luis' video?
What is the direct URL / link to your blog reflection about a student project from  the International School of the Americas in San Antonio?
What is the direct URL / link to the first K-12 student blog post on which you left a thoughtful and constructive comment this week, following our "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" guidelines?
What is the direct URL / link to the second K-12 student blog post on which you left a thoughtful and constructive comment this week, following our "Constructive Commenting with Social Media" guidelines?

The VoiceThread mini-project was introduced this week, but you do NOT have to complete a specific assignment related to VoiceThread yet. Next week (in week 4) you will complete a "tell as story in 5 pictures" activity which will involve working with Compfight and/or FlickrStorm.

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