October 2019 Agenda—Grafton, Wisconsin
Begin at 9:00am
1. The next workshop date is scheduled for November.
2. Check out the Tec21 booth at LEA. Tell them you are a teacher and get a t-shirt while supplies last. Look for a tech playground with hands-on activities to try, robots, etc.
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 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 Video
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.
Here is a link to a sample rubric if you want to get an idea of how to make one for a paper slide video.
How to Integrate Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling can be integrated in any number of ways:
- Create a virtual tour of a country or historical place.
- Create a public service announcement on an important local or world issue.
- Simulate an interview of a historical character.
- Simulate a debate on an historical topic, such as the Bill of Rights.
- Create a presentation based on images of local artifacts and
Rich media is the key to a good digital story. The resources below will help students find what they need.
- Wikimedia Commons – a wiki database of Creative Commons or Public Domain images.
- Flickr – a photo and video sharing site where most works are licensed under Creative Commons. The Advanced Search allows students to search only for Creative Commons licensed media.
- FlickrStorm – another way to search through Flickr that provides even more results. There is an option to search for only images that have been licensed for reuse.
- Jamendo – a music sharing site of all legal to use songs.
- Google Advanced Image Search – setting the usage rights shows images that are labeled with a Creative Commons license
- Library of Congress – an online catalog of thousands of prints and photos currently archived at the LOC. Most of the resources can be published without having to seek permission, and they provide terrific digital artifacts for historical stories.
- National Archives – billions of images, videos, and digital documents can be found and integrated into projects.
Traditional Book-Style Storytelling
When most students think of a story, they think, “book.” Before we lead them out of the box, so-to-speak, digital storytelling can look a lot like traditional books. Here is a link to a couple of examples…
Click edit button to build out your 1st sub-topic.
Resources for Digital Storytelling – Sorted by device and level of ease
Stop Motion Video
Stop motion can be time consuming, but a great option for students to express their creativity. Using LEGOs is one of the most popular ways to create a stop motion video.
Tools to try:
Click edit button to build out any additional sub-topics.
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
Book Creator is the number 1 book app for the iPad in over 90 countries, was voted best educational app in 2015, and just became a free website as well. Allows you to add pictures, video, voice, and publish in ibook format. Students use to write interactive stories, science reports, research journals, instruction manuals, and more. Then build a school library of student-created books in iBooks on your iPad. Here’s how you can add video of sign language to each page of your book with Book Creator!
Storyjumper.com is the number 1 rated website for making digital stories. Best feature is the site can automatically translate the book into 38 different languages to share with students, parents, and relatives who don’t speak English. Use your own pictures or graphics provided. Create narratives or informational reports with this versatile tool StoryJumper example
Students can “build” their own jack-o-lantern with this fun and educational Google Slides activity. This is a great way for students to be creative and to work on their writing skills by describing or writing about their Jack-O-Lantern.
Storyboard That is a web service that helps you to create such storyboards for whatever purpose you like. It is an innovative tool designed to be easy to use with a simple drag and drop interface and hundreds of carefully chosen pieces of clipart for clear expression.
Blabberize is one of these tools that become an instant hit in the classroom. Basically, it allows users to quickly create talking photos, providing great opportunities for enhancing classroom engagement and collaboration. Below are some ideas and for using Blabberize with adult learners.
Google Slides is a great platform for creating stop motion videos. You can create each individual slide to act as a frame. Either download the presentation and upload it into a video making app or publish to the web and change the “ms” feature to make internet based stop motion movies. Here’s a video on how to do this.
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
My Contact Info
Add a picture that shows you in your element and provide your contact information so your teachers can get ahold of you for support and encouragement (e.g. email address, cell phone number, and username/handle communication tools such as Twitter, Glide, Skype, etc.)