Digital Story Telling

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Visit this awesome website for some excellent classroom ideas for engaging students through digital storytelling.

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Check out pic-lits, a page where you get to select a photo and add your own text. This site allows users to either drag and drop, or create “freestyle” text, being as creative as you dare. It is a great tool to focus attention on parts of speech like nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives and conjunctions. It encourages students to be succinct – to use a few words to express themselves. Give it a go and see what you think. The one I have created above, was created in freestyle.

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FOR TEACHERS

This brilliant site  lists fabulous free digital storytelling tools for teachers.

Digital storytelling, the practice of combining narrative with digital content, is gaining more ground in the educational field.Many schools and educational centres all around the globe  are including learning method  in their curriculums and the results are really  promising : more of students engagement and a bigger degree of motivation.

Life is a Cookbook

This presentation has been created, inspired by the ideas of Corbett Harrison – Life is a Cook book. I asked the students to think of a current issue, then write it up as a recipe. The above youtube clip, will explain what I mean. The students loved it. What I love about the idea, is that the students have to know the details about the issue, to be able to create the recipe, but creating a recipe, is way more fun than writing a traditional “report” of the issue.

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I found this amazing tool on a fabulous blog post called Digital Dewey I resized my photos using Irfanview and the slideshow I made, is a visual diary of some of the events of January 2011, for me. Pam, on Digital Dewey, suggests using a site called Wylio which searches creative commons pictures for you and then offers to resize, host and create code for the image. To be honest, I found Wylio a whole lot simpler than using Fickr creative commons

This one is called a photo flick, acrobat cube. I think it is adorable. There are many other shapes to select from.
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Select a picture from flickr creative commons, or upload your own and use this to tell a short story.
La típica foto de desayuno...
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The windows dulled the sound of the waves gently running to the shore, but the soft white foam was visible through the tinted glass. Everywhere couples and friends sat at the tables, smiling, laughing, talking, holding hands. Sunshine gleamed on the water and small fishing boats bobbed contentedly, waiting for the right time to head out to the sea again. A brightly coloured kite flew erratically, surging up and down to great squeals of excitement. Down on the sand, small dogs tugged energetically at their leashes, anxious to be set loose and join the children in the waves. At this table, two coffees, two delicious danish pastries and two very dear friends. The years had passed, lives, circumstances, families, work, holidays, health – all showed the signs of the passing of years but two very dear friends were picking up from where they had left off, and time for them, stood still.

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Create a set on flickr to which students can upload their work. This example is of a class who wrote haiku poetry, using photos they either located in flickr creative commons, or their own photos. Flickr is used here, as a place to store and view student responses to the writing task.

Trapped

Trapped

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Create a gallery of 8-10 random photos from flickr creative commons and add a writing prompt to each. This can be in the form of a sentence starter or a theme, or a question. The prompt is up to you. Students can then visit your gallery on flickr, and select one to continue writing about. Another valid and great writing idea, is to have the students create their own galleries and provide writing prompts for their own photos.
I won’t add all my gallery here, but you get the idea from this photo.

Stepping into the shop was like stepping back in time......

Stepping into the shop was like stepping back in time......

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Can you tell your life story in exactly 6 words?
Tell your story in exactly 6 words.
Find a photo on flickr creative commons, which matches your story.
Beach huts - Canon eos 550d

My story might read – Exciting future for sea change teacher.

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Go to FlickrCC
Type in your favourite colour
Select a photo and write about it creatively.
Toucan bird
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Yellow is sunshine, sand, summer, zinc cream and rashies
Yellow is flowers, butterflies, bees, canaries and sun conures
Yellow is bananas, honey, butter, custard and peaches
Yellow is warm, friendly, snuggly, happy and exciting
Yellow is my favourite colour – it’s one of my friends

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Upload a photo of something that is precious to you, and then tell a story about it.

Rainforest magic

Rainforest magic

Rainforest Magic

A holiday to Far North Queensland, Australia, which took in towns and cities such as Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine, Byron Bay and the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, gave me a deep love and respect for rainforests. On our return home from one such visit, I decided that despite our lack of sufficient rainfall (compared to the rainforest climates) I would set up my own pocket of rainforest in my own garden. We set about transforming a previously overgrown, twisted and tangled corner of our front garden, into what you can see above. This corner of our garden is shady which suited the ferns and plants which we wanted to grow. The result was just as I hoped and we spend hours sitting in our own private little patch of rainforest, relaxing, making plans, laughing, reading, entertaining, or just sitting quietly either together or alone. My little rainforest is tranquil and soothing as you can see. Below is a poem I wrote in 2003, after our return from Cape Tribulation. After reading it, you may understand why I wanted so badly, to emulate that habitat in my own front garden.

The rustle of the leaves grows louder
Ferns look up expectantly
the air is building, thicker, colder
where the forest meets the sea

Rain is falling through the branches
Filtering through the canopy
Frogs already, chorusing loudly
Where the forest meets the sea

Moss and lichen, ferns and branches,
Fungi on the fallen tree
Drinking in the precious life line
Where the forest meets the sea

Rustling leaves and swaying fern fronds
Far off birds so shrill and clear
Wildlife scratching through the debris
Where the forest meets the sea

Something wriggles, darting sideways
Moving safely, out of view
Sunlight breaking through the tree tops
Where the forest meets the sea

All round butterflies, darting, gliding
Settling briefly, moving on
Savouring every precious moment
Life is short, they’ll soon be gone

Timeless, seamless, lush green beauty
Tranquil, calm serenity
Where everything has its turn and purpose
Where the forest meets the sea.

Margaret Murnane 2003

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“To get true learning power, kids must put ideas into their own words.”

p 26 Content Area Writing – Harvey Daniels, Steven Zemelman, Nancy Steineke

Writing to learn is different to high stakes, public writing. Writing To Learns are:
Short;spontaneous;exploratory;informal;personal;one draft;unedited; and ungraded.

This semester, in my role as literacy coach, I am introducing some of the Writing to Learn strategies which are explained in the above book, Content Area Writing.

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9 thoughts on “Digital Story Telling

  1. Hi Marg, love the fact that you can combine two projects at once. Images are wonderful aren’t they as they really do tell a story of their own, powerfully. And of course, I love the subject. As you know I love Ffowers and roses are my favourite.
    What is the digital storytelling project that you are involved in? It sounds really good as well. Thanks for spending time with the Teacher Kick Start Your Blog challenge as well. You holidays will be busy!

  2. Anne, the digital story telling project lasts for 5 weeks and is being run by the Electronic Village Online All the weekly tasks are on a wiki and we’re up to week 3 which is dealing with using images to tell a story. I’m really enjoying it. They have fabulous ideas and one of this week’s tasks was to use 5 images to tell a story. We have to post them on the wiki and everyone can leave comments. If you would like to see some samples of the kinds of stories that others are creating, check out this flickr site.

  3. Hi. Wow, you covered so much in one post! I love the roses. It shows the transformation and I could certainly see kids writing about this in my class. You have added some really interesting photos and I love your glitter text too! The digital story telling project sounds really interesting. I like the idea of using the 5 images to tell the story and am thinking about using it to encourage families to use our class blog.
    Thanks
    Mel

  4. I am so impressed by this page and it shows me that storytelling with images only is possible. I by passed the challenge but this whole page is excellent and so informative. Sometimes I think no I won’t go and view another blog, then I do, and I hit a jackpot. Thanks for the inspiration and opening me to some new learning.
    Kathryn

  5. Thanks Kathryn – what a lovely comment. This poor old blog has been around for roughly 3 years, and was falling by the wayside, until I took on these two challenges. The blogging challenge and the Digital story project. I think my main problem was that I had two blogs happening – one for my class and this one for me. Last year I came out of the classroom into a literacy coaching role, so that blog fell dormant. That now means that I can concentrate on this one but I needed the incentive from these two challenges to get me going. I’ll pop by your blog now and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting.

  6. Thanks Theresa – I don’t have anyone participating in the digital story telling challenge. I am participating in one which is already set up and running. I’m really enjoying it and I’m thrilled to be on school holidays so that I can devote the necessary time to it. The project runs for 5 weeks and we are into week 3. Thanks for your positive comments about my post.

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  8. Marg
    I think your post on images is fantastic! Such a lot of visually stimulating ‘jump-off’ points to get children writing. Great examples to demonstrate each idea too.

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