To compliment David's post I wanted to attach the PDF of a Digital Storytelling book that was shared with me over the weekend from my Twitter community. It is too large of an upload (27 MG's) so I am including the download link for you. http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/digital-storytelling-tools-for-educators/4758345 I am also placing a separate Digital Story presentation in my "Shared Files" widget on my blog page ( http://blog.innovativeeducator.us)- it is titled "Digital Storytelling." Just click on the PDF and it will prompt you to download the file and save the file to your computer. I use the presentation when I teach F2F and blended learning courses with educators in the Midwest.
Here is also a link with over 64+ digital storytelling web 2.0 tools for your review. And I have to include Bernajean Porter's Digitales website- the best of the best! Who knows, maybe these will assist our Intel Fireside Chats in th future :-)
You are certainly welcome. The gentleman certainly has given time to thinking about the difference(s) between storytelling and spectacle. I have found that the spectacle idea has been associated with all technology use in the classroom since so many kids have been taught that it is a "day off" as opposed to being taught that technology should be seamlessly integrated into their daily routine, just like paper and pencil usage.
I have posted this in another discussioni area but thought I'd put it here, too, since it is germane to this thread. It is a hot list of free music resources I put together a while back for digital storytelling workshop participants whom I have taught.
It's nice that we can all share such thing here. Folks can also check out the many resources available at my Louisiana Region 6 TLTC web site at http://www.rapides.k12.la.us/region6tltc/index.htm Sharing ROCKZ!
David thank you so much for the wealth of musical resources to compliment the digital story segment. You are a true gem!
Have you had an opportunity to use the following online music mixers to create student generated musical compositions?
Great resources, Naomi. I just wish your blog (heck, MOST blogs) weren't blocked in my school district. But I'll view it tonight.
The Digital storytelling ebook is pretty cool. I saw another one recently, too, which I will post here if ever I find it although I have to think it's already been posted here or in another group.
You are certainly welcome, Naomi. Louisiana's TLTCs are all pretty generous with our resources when we have the time to share. Our state coordinator, Susan Gauthier, sets the example if anyone needs one for researching, sharing, and facilitating/teaching.
I have just bought a copy of the Karoake software and am about to give it a shot with some legal FREE music for an experiment. heck, it's only $30 but could prove to be a truly excellent program, handy for all sorts of things for presentations, videos, podcasting, and of course digital storytelling so long as users observe copyrights.
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person who has challenges with blocked websites. I've been unable to log into this community recently at the district. I find that almost a week or two after I share some great site with others, the site becomes blocked. I've wondered if perhaps teachers learn about good tools for use in the classroom and the district blocks the sites due to an abundance of traffic. Who besides David and me has a problem with blocked blogs, wikis, and other web 2.0 websites? Who has successfully changed their school or district blocking policies and how did you do it? Inquiring minds want to know.
I agree with David that too often technology is seen as a "spectacle" in classrooms. Often it is used to "wow" students or visiting adults showing how a teacher's abilities - when really it is just a "show." In my opinion, technology should be more like oxygen. It should be present at all times. (Oxygen is part of the air we breathe right?) It should be invisible. (Oxygen and the rest of the gases in air are all invisible.) Most importantly, It should be in constant use. (Just not at the expense of everything else. While you need Oxygen to live, Nitrogen is also used and is very important in your body - just ask any scuba diver!)
I know there are many timeline creators out there, but I found this one today
TimeToast Timelines http://www.timetoast.com/ and guess what? It is free!
Also, another comic stip creator I found is Strip Generator http://stripgenerator.com/strip/create/. I have not used this yet, but imagine it will require some monitoring from the looks of the first page. Have not dug far enough into it to see its policies yet.
You scare me Jill because I was using the stripgenerator last night while working on a presentation. This is my take on how to use it with students - you can bring them directly to the create page that you have posted to bypass the home page. What I love is that they can create without signup. Once completed they could do a print screen and save as a jpg. If they publish (as anonymous) then they can see other strips. Many are in other languages so I would definitely not let them do this because I have no idea if they are using profanity. I love the graphics for the strips because they are images that would appeal to students. I think the tool is worth a try.....
Am I really that scary? Wait, don't answer that
I definitely would bypass the home screen. Anytime you bring comics into the classroom you certainly grab the students' attention. Plus the fact that you are allowing them to create, brings in the higher order thinking skills.
Let's face it, with all the great web 2.0 tools out there that we as educators bring into the classrooms, there is always going to be something questionable on there. The way we handle it and address it determines if it will be successful. Half of the time the kids are oblivious to the "questionable content" and never even notice it. But, you can never be too careful.
I do agree the screenshots are the way to go. Once you have these, you can post them to a class webpage or wiki and then bring in some comparison and evaluation of the comics. You may even be able to throw in some visual ranking to show which cartoon captured the true essence of the assignment best.
I did not see this site listed in anyone else's post. It is called Bibme.
It allows you to create your whole bibliography for a paper instead of a single citation. Really cool!