F18 Week Ten Agenda

Week Ten: Digital Storytelling | Agenda

Tuesday 30 October

Digital Storytelling –> WeVideo II

Assignments Due: Blog Post iX | Exploring the online tutorialix visualizing composition 

Discussion (continued): An Approach to Multimodal Literacy | Media Grammar for Teachers

  • Media Grammar Overview and Ohler’s perspective.
  • This chapter is a very useful, though basic, guide to the technical aspects of digital storytelling in a videographic environment.

Working in a small group, first review your assigned section of Media Grammar for Teachers and then watch the brief associated video.

[Note: the answer to that pressing question is: mediaof course.]

Working with the ideas in the section, produce a series of still images or a brief video that is a fair representation of the main concepts and prepare 3-4 minute presentation to explain them to your classmates.

  1. A Well Lit Picture
  2. Visual Noise
  3. Camera Framing 
  4. Camera Angles

Check the JCU Center for Digital Media — Equipment for checkout to see if there might be some available equipment that you want to mention.

The chapter includes additional sections.  We’ll discuss audio and the grammar of transitions on a separate day. However, this chapter is a very useful, though basic, guide to the technical aspects of digital storytelling in a videographic environment.

Thursday 1 November

Reading: Ohler, J. (2013) Chapter 4: Assessing Digital Stories.  Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin. pp. 83-91.


Discussion: Digital Storytelling | The Assignment 

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.

  • 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 2018, this is a small group project.

Discussion : Digital Storytelling & Assessment

  1. Assignment Due 8 November (in class) | Blog Post 7: Digital Storytelling Assessment Rubric
  2. Ohler, J. (2013) Chapter 4: Assessing Digital Stories.  Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. 
    1. why assess? In the era of accountability & ubiquitous technology
    2. Digital StoryTelling Exploration Deliverables
    3. What to assess — digital story assessment traits
    4. How to assess — do I need to make a rubric? Can I establish criteria and qualitatively discuss effectiveness?
  3. Viewing:  Lost & Found – by Jeff Leinaweaver
  4. Small group activity: Digital Storytelling and Assessing “Media Grammar.”   Link to course readings  edsh68
    1. IX tutorial | Arola, K., Sheppard, J., Ball, C. (2014) The ix visualizing composition tutorial 
    2. Ohler 14 | Ohler, J. (2013) Chapter 14: Media Grammar.
    3. Seeing & hearing the story | Lambert, J. (2012) Chapter 5: Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling

Workshop:  Audio for Digital Storytelling

  • Sound Effects (SFX) and Free Sound from the Audio Commons
  • Recording and uploading your voice-over narration
    • Where is the mic?
    • How to hold the mic?
    • Where to do the recording?
    • How to upload a recording?
  • Sound editing workshop
    1. Log in to WeVideo and go to your practice edit.
    2. In video track, insert images of people having a conversation
    3. Record, upload and lay down voices for the conversation
    4. Make sure the voices are timed appropriately
    5. Lay down a music track
    6. Include a SFX (sound effect)
    7. Balance sound levels

Workshop 2:  MoreAudio for Digital Storytelling


  1. Audio
  2. Audio Levels
  3. Multiple tracks -> audio
  4. Basic editing in Timeline Mode
  5. Titles
  6. Multiple tracks -> video
  7. Animation
  8. Video Levels (Dissolve)