Digital Storytelling

28 05 2009

The easiest way to begin integrating digital storytelling into your classroom is to start by composing your own story to share with students. In this way, you are familiar with the tools and challenges of the assignment. It doesn’t hurt, either, that you are creating a personal hook that will pique your students’ curiosity.

You need a story, media, and story telling tools.

Your story / message should be simple and well crafted. Consider the devices used by your favorite authors when you construct your story. Since digital storytelling can be molded to fit any classroom project or assignment, consider, too, the goal of the assignment. Are you sharing a narrative? Reporting information? Documenting growth?

Gather the media that you intend to use.

This may include, but is not limited to, images, audio clips, and video clips. You may choose to create your own media with a digital camera and microphone, or you may find free media on the Internet.

Gather your tools.

Your students will need access to computers and appropriate software and resources. Consider procuring digital cameras, microphones, a scanner, and access to online resources — many of the sites we use today may be blocked by your school’s network. In addition, talk to your school librarian. S/he can be a great resource who can facilitate your students’ search for media.

Online Resources

http://www.storycenter.org/ — Center for Digital Storytelling’s website

http://www.storycenter.org/canada/index.html — These Stories in These Pictures

http://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/index.cfm
— Jason Ohler’s Website: Resources for educators, parents, innovators

http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways — Alan Levine’s Cogdogroo Wiki, a list of free software and resources for creating digital storytelling units.

http://www.awaytoteach.net * Use Internet Explorer to view these digital stories that use PowerPoint and Flash.

http://live.classroom20.com/1/category/digitalstorytelling/1.html
— Classroom 2.0 Live transcripts and archived recording of the Digital Storytelling Webcast

Photo Editing Tools

Picassa http://picasa.google.com/
Picnik http://www.picnik.com/
Splashup http://www.splashup.com/
PhotoShop Express https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html

Storytelling Tools

Slideshow Tools

Bubbleshare http://www.bubbleshare.com/
ImageLoop http://www.imageloop.com/
One True Media http://www.onetruemedia.com/
SlideFlickr http://slideflickr.com/

Timeline Tools

OurStory http://www.ourstory.com/
xtimeline http://xtimeline.com/

Mixer Tools

Voice Threads http://voicethread.com
VUVOX http://www.vuvox.com/
FLEKTOR http://www.flektor.com/

Comic Strip Tools

Toondoo http://www.toondo.com
Gnomz http://en.gnomz.com
ComicsSketch http://www.mainada.net/comics/
Kerpoof http://kerpoof.com/
Bubblr http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr
Comiqs http://comiqs.com

Scrapbook Tools

Scrapblog http://www.scrapblog.com/

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