Digital Storytelling

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Digital Storytelling Rationale

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 10.01.48 PMComposition and literacy are changing as the Internet becomes a more ubiquitous and central part of our literate lives.  It is not enough to use digital media to teach print literacy.  Indeed, the significance of print literacy is not decreasing; it is ever more important as literacy expands and becomes multimodal. We are not witnessing a replacement of one mode of literacy for another but rather a multiplication of the media. To become literate in the 21st century is to engage in multimodal communications. 


Digital Storytelling Rationale

Fiction or nonfiction, a digital story or, multimodal composition, is a narrative produced through the integration of digital modes of communication including audio, still images of all sorts, video and text.

A partial rationale for this exploration is that I want you to have a meaningful experience as a participant in a digital storytelling workshop and producing a digital story so that you can thoughtfully consider integrating a digital storytelling workshop into the learning experiences of your future students.

Additionally, this workshop represents a large and complex technologically enhanced unit of study. There are many steps to the integration of a successful technologically enhanced learning experience. While few technologically enhanced learning experiences are this involved, such an experience will help you recognize the range of steps associated with the development and integration of a technologically enhanced learning experience.

You are to design a digital story for the students you are currently observing. Whatever program you are in and whatever discipline you are studying, math, science, social studies or language arts, your digital story is to relate to the curriculum in the classroom where you are currently observing. Whatever your students are studying, from constitutional law to calculus, your digital story is to be a version of a digital story that represents the culmination of a unit of study consistent with the curriculum associated with the classroom you are currently observing. Your digital story is a demonstration of learning not unlike an essay or some other type of project. In this way, your digital story will be age appropriate, discipline specific, and designed for the class you are currently observing.

Further, I invite you to produce the digital story with available technology such as smart phones and WeVideo online editing software (to be introduced in class). Earbuds or headphones will prove useful.

  • Your digital story will be:
    • The culmination of a unit of study related to the classroom where you are currently observing.
    • Between ~2.5 and ~3.5 minutes. (Shorter videos struggle to make their point and longer videos are beyond the scope of this exploration).
    • Fiction or nonfiction.
    • Conform to the StoryCenter  approach to digital Storytelling
    • Consistent with the curriculum in the class where you are observing.
  • You are responsible for every word and every image. If you did not produce it, it better be really high quality.  And, you MUST give proper credit in a reference section (rolling credits) of your video. For music, SFX, still images or video you are welcome to draw from the public domain, such as the Creative Commons.
  • For Fall 2019, this can be a small group project.

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