Here is my attempt at integrating video within my classroom, the connection between story telling and the students' imagination is like a few synapses away from reality:
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Great job, especially considering the dearth of resources. How many digital cameras does your school have? Would the PTA be able to purchase some (flip cameras are affordable)? And do you have any computers in your classroom, or are you limited to the computer lab?
My school has what I have collected: I had 2 Flip cameras very durable, and student durable (may I say student-may-drop-but-won't-break-the-equipment kind of camera). Unfortunately we are limited to the computer lab, with limited time. I tried to start several projects last year, but came up short on completion. We tried Movie Maker, we made some Power Points, and we started a Wiki page about the community.
I love this strand about digital storytelling. I dabbled in digital storytelling last year and hope to do more this year. I used Story Jumper and Story Bird. I like them both. I am going to try a few of these other sites that are mentioned in this discussion. Thanks for sharing. I did not realize how many options there are for digital story telling.
We used the Google Search Stories to share stories about books or characters in books. I wanted to share my two favorite ones. You will only really get it if you have read the books. This one is about Katniss in Hunger Games http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tQCJcVR61I and this one is about the book Malice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyEKTqvcdVo . The kids loved making them. You do need access to Youtube to save them. We have Youtube unblocked in our district so I created a library account and then changed the password every hour. It worked like a charm!
Here are some of my favorites that have been created by my teachers over the past year or two: