Thing 4: Digital Storytelling


Digital Storytelling- It is not about the Tools…It’s about the Skills flickr photo by langwitches shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

For this activity I explored a few of the tools that were given (there were so many!).  I played around with PowToon, but I ran into some problems along the way.  I also played a bit with Moovly.

These were really cool, but they were much more time consuming than I thought. It really took quite a bit of pre-planning to determine what I wanted to make, and the have all the graphics and text ready. I wanted to add a graph but had trouble doing that.  I think it has a lot of potential as a tool to re-tell a story or to teach a concept.

My original idea to make a short video explaining a concept. I was going to make a video explaining petroleum formation, but had trouble finding all the graphics that I needed and didn’t have a clear view of what I was making.

I think this could be a tool for a teacher, such as myself, in an online class to make a quick video but I think these may be better tools for students to use to create summations of their knowledge or to tell a series of events.

My students and I were just recently talking about Love Canal, and they were not familiar with the events surrounding Love Canal, so I created a timeline of the events surrounding Love Canal.  I was not able to embed it, so it is linked here.

Timeline of events surrounding Love Canal

I could definitely see choosing one or two of these tools and teaching students to use it in order to summarize their learning on a topic, to do a research project and present their information or to make a timeline.

I think it would be important to limit the use of one tool at a time and to give students some structure to learn the tool. I would have to choose one and make an exemplar in order to learn it better myself. It is a way to allow students to practice parts of the writing process (ideas and details, organizing information and telling a coherent story) in a more interactive format, or a way that may appear more ‘fun’ or to have less pressure. At the same time, it helps them build technology skills.

I think the storyboard idea, or the timeline idea really helps to organize information to to break it down into sequence and main ideas, which are important skills for a student processing information.

I would like to have students create a timeline or a storyboard/infographic for some type of topic at the end of the unit, or in place of a research project. These tools could be used for almost any topic. They are so broad!

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One thought on “Thing 4: Digital Storytelling

  1. “My original idea to make a short video explaining a concept. I was going to make a video explaining petroleum formation, but had trouble finding all the graphics that I needed and didn’t have a clear view of what I was making.” – Love what you’ve said here. Going through this process really helps us relate to our students doesn’t it.

    Great job on the Love Canal timeline. Chilling to revisit that nightmare. Especially today, having seen a congressional bill being proposed to totally eliminate the EPA!

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