We are becoming people of the screen. – Becoming Screen Literate by Kevin Kelly
I want to start off this week by saying I am a huge fan of digital storytelling. I love creating videos of my students and other teachers. I try to find many ways to incorporate digital storytelling into my lessons. This week I spent time looking for new ideas on different media that can be used to create stories. I have a lot of experience with iMovie – which also happens to be my favorite software. It is super easy to use and I love being able to just pull out my iPad and create a movie in a few minutes.
At my school, we only have Chromebooks though. We are having a lot of difficulties trying to find a Chromebook app to video and edit video. Does anyone have any suggestions? When I say a lot of difficulties, I mean we are really struggling. We looked into using WeVideo, but it is quite expensive and not super easy to use. I am going to put in a proposal for our school to purchase WeVideo, but don’t think it will be purchased for this year. Wishful thinking though – but, what do we do without it?! How do we create videos on Chromebooks?! Dudely Rosenblatt’s post on Digital Storytelling, gave me a really good idea of how to use Google Slides in place of a movie maker. Any other advice is welcomed as well.
I read many articles over the past few weeks relating to digital storytelling and the one that I came back to again to reread was Becoming Screen Literate by Kevin Kelly. In this article, Kelly makes multiple interesting approaches at explaining the process of becoming screen literate. Although this article was written in 2008, I believe that many factors are still prevalent in today’s teaching and learning of 2017. Especially, the overwhelming observation that screens are everywhere. Being in Thailand, I don’t seem them quite as often as I did in the US, but we do have the screen billboards and on ATMs. Some of the Thai ads can be quite comical – so the screentertainment is welcomed.
So… what is digital storytelling?
Digital Stories are multimedia movies that combine photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and often a narrative voice. Digital stories may be used as an expressive medium within the classroom to integrate subject matter with extant knowledge and skills from across the curriculum. – Darren Chase
The Power of Digital Storytelling – Emily Bailin – TEDxSoleburySchool
Actually, I created this Where I’m From poem when I was in University as well. Emily Bailin creates a very engaging digital story of where she is from. I really like the idea of adding video to my original poem of Where I’m From. This might me be a final project idea in the making…
So… what is the process of digital storytelling?
It was helpful for me to see the entire Digital Storytelling Process in visual steps. This would be a very beneficial tool to use with students when they are creating their stories.
This week in my after-school activity, Tech Club, I challenged my students to Build a Jack-O-Lantern with this Google Slides template from Eric Curtis. I also found this Picture Book Template online (not sure to who give credit to), but after the students created their pumpkins, I wanted them to tell a story about them. The directions were simple: After completing your Jack-O-Lantern, you will make a digital story about his/her life. This can be a scary story or a happy story. It’s up to you! You may add music, pictures, and animations to your slides! Be creative! I am excited to see what we all come up with!
In two weeks, we will meet again. I will see if any of my students will allow me to share what they made on my blog for you all to see. I also plan to make an example as well! I will update this post as soon as I complete it.
I am also going to try out using Google Classroom for the first time. I just completed my BrainPOP Certified Educator course, which was excellent by the way, and the platform they use for completing the course is Google Classroom. It gave me a basic level of how the tools work as the student – so I figured it is time for me to give it a try as a teacher. So I created my Tech Club ASA classroom and added my first 2 assignments (listed above) and a link to access games. It was quite easy and helped my students stay on track on completing the objectives of today’s lesson in Tech Club.
I have begun creating some digital stories for my final project and am excited to share them within the next week or so! Again – any Chromebook feedback would be helpful. Thank you in advance!