This morning, I will be giving my Ignite presentation at the 2013 ISTE Conference. The title of my talk is: “Using Digital Storytelling to Ignite Passion, Challenge the Driven, Foster Creativity, & Tap into the Brilliance of those who Learn Differently.” As Ignite talks are only five minutes long, I will not be getting into the nuts and bolts of student projects. Rather, I will be focusing on the impact of powerful, multi-media projects on student learning as a whole. If you attended my talk (or are just interested in Digital Storytelling in general), here is some information on the Digital Storytelling project that I do with my students.
Digital Storytelling is best defined as: “multimedia movies that combine photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and often a narrative voice. Digital stories may be used as an expressive medium within the classroom to integrate subject matter with extant knowledge and skills from across the curriculum.” (Courtesy of Wikipedia). In my classroom, we just Digital Stories to relate research topics and projects.
This is a one week project that students work on both during class as well as outside of the classroom. I have written about my experiences with student projects several times. See my posts:
This is one of my favorite projects to do with students as it incorporates not only traditional research, but the use of imagery, audio, and ties it all together with a creative element. My students always wow me with their final products. Not only does it teach students traditional research skills, but new, 21st century research skills including issues of copyright and fair use. I highlight how students are instructed to find imagery in my article, “How to Find License Free Images for School Projects.”
Below, find the instruction sheet that I hand out to students. This includes step-by-step instructions (this is a processual assignment) as well as some great troubleshooting guides:
You may download a copy of the Instructions here: Digital Story Instructions (please cite me if you reproduce this).
Additionally, I distribute to students the rubric that I will use for assessment:
You may also download a copy of the rubric here: Digital Storytelling Rubric. Please cite me if you use or reproduce.
Overall, the projects have been hugely successful. Here are some great examples of student work: