October 2019 Agenda—Columbus, Indiana
Begin at 9:00am
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th.
Let’s take some time to reflect on last month’s TEC21 Challenges and share experiences. Share a success, a challenge you experienced or a lesson learned.
1. Discover the value of digital storytelling.
2. Explore digital storytelling tools and resources to use with your students.
3. Identify a tool or resource to share with a colleague.
Everyone has a story to tell! What’s yours?
Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short story, typically with a strong emotional component. Remember our devotion from last time about Following Jesus on Twitter. That was a great example of a digital story.
“Digital storytelling has emerged as a fundamental, cross-curricular technique that provides structure for both sharing and understanding new information. It has become an essential way of providing information and enhancing education…by making abstract or conceptual content more understandable. In all disciplines, it offers more ways to engage students and enrich learning through the inclusion of digital media that represents, illustrates, and demonstrates. Digital storytelling brings together text, graphics, audio, and video around a chosen theme, often with a specific point of view. Bernard Robin observes that a digital story may be a personal tale, a depiction of a historical event, or simply a way to creatively impart information or provide instruction. In the classroom, they can also foster collaboration when students are able to work in groups, and enhance the student experience through a personal sense of accomplishment (Robin, 2006). The National Council of Teachers of English in 2003, challenged teachers to develop instructional strategies for students to master composing in nonprint media that could include any combination of visual art, motion (video and film), graphics, text, and sound—all of which are frequently written and read in nonlinear fashion (Porter, 2008, p. 11). Included was the process of digital storytelling, where information is conveyed in a way that is more engaging than plain text.” Strategies for digital communication skills across disciplines: The importance of digital stories (Links to an external site.)
Common Core writing standards require writing and publishing using digital tools beginning already in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 12.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Paper Slide Videos
Paper Slide Videos are a quick way to do a one-take recording of students teaching information. Use your iPad or iPhone in video mode and slide the prepared papers in one at a time as you talk about each, telling the story of what you learned or wrote.
A stopmotion video is a series of still images strung together at a rapid rate resulting in an onscreen animation. Below is an example of one a past student created using Stopmotion Studios. It is a free app that simple to use. The video below takes advantage of some of the paid add-on features.
Let’s Create One!
Digital Citizenship Integration
What aspects of digital citizenship need to be addressed when creating digital storytelling projects?
- Internet Safety
- Privacy & Security
- Relationships & Communication
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Self-image & Identity
- Information Literacy
- Creative Credit & Copyright
Genius Hour Unit 2: Make a plan
To begin, develop your idea into a project goal. Next, list the first three steps that you will take to make that goal a reality. Then, make a list of resources that you will need including the tech tools that you may integrate into the project.
- “What is Genius Hour?” (Genius Hour)
- How to Build Community Leaders of Today – And Tomorrow – Through Genius Hour (EdSurge, 2017)
- Genius Hour in Elementary School (Edutopia, 2017)
- Tips and Tricks to Keep Kids on Track During Genius Hour (MindShift, 2017)
- Inspire Drive, Creativity in the Classroom with 20-Time (20-Time in Education)
- 20-Time Projects in Education: 41 Projects in 4 Minutes (YouTube, 2014)
Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm
Digital Tools & Resources
Stop Motion Studios is an app that takes photos and strings them together to form a stop-motion video. You can add audio narration, change speeds, and a few other perks for free. You can also use in-app purchases to get more features.
Students can use Google Maps and Google Earth to tell autobiographies, biographies, book highlight locations and comparisons of areas over time
A compilation of resources to help students tell digital stories.
This is a digital story of the Black Death told in 90 seconds.
Hack your publishing link to create a simple animation using Google Slides.
Juxtapose JS from Knight Lab is a free tool for making and hosting side-by-side comparisons of images. The tool was designed to help people see before and after views of a location, a building, a person, or anything else that changes appearance over time. Here is mine on the 2011 Tsunami in Sendai, Japan. Information from Practical Ed Tech.
StoryMap JS lets you combine elements of timelines and maps to create mapped stories. On StoryMap JS you create slides that are matched to locations on your map. Each slide in your story can include images or videos along with text. Here is my story map on places I’ve gone to school. Information from Practical Ed Tech.
A great pace to find math resources.
A gamified science site that has recently become free. You can add your students and create a playlist for them. Grades 3-9
Learn more about Google Classroom, Google tips and tricks and ed tech best practices by visiting the blog of ed tech speaker and presenter Alice Keeler.
Have your students learn how to type with a fun and engaging program called Typing club. The free version integrates with Google Classroom so students can be up and typing in no time!
1. Engage your students in a digital storytelling activity or project. Share your experience by posting for others to see!
2. Post a question, an answer, a resource, a picture of your students working on digital storytelling, or an example of student project to the TEC21 Educators Group on Facebook.
3. Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.
Dismiss at 2:00pm
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