This week’s presentation focused on digital storytelling by Alan Levine! I wonder how many Maroon 5 jokes he gets? I think there was about two during his presentation. Alan may not be a famous rock star but after this presentation and following his blog CogDog, I would say he is a rock star when it comes to the education/technology world. He has developed many web storytelling apps/programs that I will later post in my blog. From my observation he has a huge passion for storytelling and knows what makes a great story. Even my little Adalee wanted in on the action last evening!
Before the class started I thought I had a good idea of what digital story telling was all about. My initial thoughts were that digital story telling was a way of telling a story through technology. I am kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Through the presentation, classmates suggestions and research, I have learned of some amazing tools that can help assist with the process of writing and telling stories.I honestly think I have been living under a rock! Why haven’t I looked into this earlier? I have always had difficulties engaging students when it comes to writing projects, why haven’t I tried to incorporate technology, something that they love with the writing process. The power of collaborating with colleagues and other professionals is amazing. Thank you all who shared some wonderful resources on digital story telling!
With out this presentation I may still have been re inventing the wheel when I return to work. I have tried many different techniques to engage students and trigger their creative side when getting them to write stories. I would show a picture similar to the one below and teach students about adding dialog between two characters in a story. Students enjoyed this activity. I now realize that I should have been taking time to find other tools that would get my reluctant writes to share their stories.
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During the class presentation we were shown pechaflickr. It is basically what I was trying to do in the classroom but way easier to use. Pechaflickr will randomly choose images from flickr that has a specific tag like “dog”. Each picture will show for 20 seconds. While doing this you could have students write a story to an image, write an entire story using every picture, orally tell a story out loud or maybe even use it as a warm up activity in drama, practicing improv skills. Oh the possibilities!
As I promised I am going to list some other digital storytelling sites that you can use too! I did not find all of these myself I had help from my classmates and web sites who all ready did the work for me!
- Ipad apps for story telling StoryKeepers Resources
- List of Free digital story telling sites.
- Animoto– Fellow classmate Krista Gates has some great examples of her own digital stories that she created.
- Make Belief Comix– A fun way to create a story using text and pictures.
I really could go on and on with the amount of possibilities there are in the digital world. I would love to hear from others about other websites that are available and ones that students loved as well.
The presentation also gave me ideas about how to teach students about writing a good story. Showing examples of commercials and by simply asking what types of stories students like to read will help them explore the importance of making strong characters and have exciting things happen to them. I hope along with digital storytelling I can help improve their creative writing and passion for stories.
One question that I have is how to incorporate First Nation traditions of oral story telling into the digital world? Or do we even need to do that? I know that as an educator I should try to do more orally story telling and encourage students to do that also.
I am now going to go through all of my old books that my mom saved and read my daughter a few stories. I hope she will develop a love of reading and storytelling. What is your favorite story? I would love to hear from you!