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Digital Picture Projects
The idea behind the class,
Digital Picture Projects
, is to help teachers get started working with their students or on their own creating projects or stories that are primarily comprised of digital images (pictures you take with your camera or find on the web). Educators might most often hear this called digital storytelling. What you call it kind of depends on what you are doing with it! Essentially, it's all the same thing. In the end, we are using media to convey a message or tell the stories of our time. Visual literacy is a skill we could all spend a little time enhancing in order to help our students better create and interpret visual communication.
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Voice Thread shares ideas for using VoiceThread
Dozens of Examples of Voicethread from Free Technology for Teachers
Teaching Without Walls on Using VoiceThread
- great resource for tutorials and examples.
9 Outstanding Photography Projects to Try with Your Students
- several resources
describes it as this:
refers to using new digital tools to help ordinary people to tell their own real-life stories. "Digital Storytelling" is an emerging term, one that arises from a
movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own 'true stories' in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. These stories usually take the form of a relatively short story (less than 8 minutes) and can involve interactivity. The term can also be a broader journalistic reference to the variety of emergent new forms of digital narratives (web-based stories,
stories, hypertexts, and narrative
games). As an emerging area of creative work, the definition of digital storytelling is still the subject of much debate.
Perhaps the most important statement here is that these are tools to help
tell stories. That's most of us!
Guideline for Getting Started
It may surprise you that planning is the hardest part, not the technology
Come up with a project that is short - a one minute story may take hours to create depending on the tool and the planning.
Choose a tool (more about this later)
Storyboard - decide what the viewers will see, what they will read or hear, and make any notes about what is "going on."
Decide how you are going to grade your objectives - if that's what this project is about. You may want to give two grades, one for planning and one for the final project.
Depending on the topic, projects should be factually accurate and documented if you use outside resources
More Story Board Links
Creative Story Board Templates
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything About Digital Storytelling
64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information
Other tools - pick one form this great
blog post about digital Storytelling tools
- many suggestions include handouts!
When I run across items on the web that have to do with Digital Storytelling, I save them to my Delicious account. Click here to see what I have found over the years.
Creative Educator - Getting started with Digital Storytelling
Finding or Making Audio or
Using Animoto with Students
Myths & Legends
Google apps for Digital Storytelling
Partners in Rhyme
provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."
Digital Picture Project Ideas
7 Photo Projects To Jump Start Creativity
Mystery objects - describe one sentence at a time and reveal picture at the end.
Time lapse photography / single frame animation
Panorama/ 360 display
Extreme close ups
Show fractions of an object
Illustrate emotions, stereotypes
Visual seating chart
Student ID cards/ passports
Document a process or steps in a process
Introductions in online classes or even F2F classes
- 10 great ways to use digital cameras.
Guest Photographers to disucss wildlife, travel, portaits/people
Photo Journalism - telling stories with words and pictures
The Week that was - each week of the school year
Safety Do's and Don'ts
Simple Processes (technical writing)
Cheat Sheets/ Flashcards/ study guides
Research Paper Presentation
Document personal/academic achievements in a digital portfolio
Choose/take a picture and write a "moral of the story" or inspirational saying to go with it
Document a single view through various seasons and write from a variety of angles
Make a commercial (understanding mass media)
Make a public service annoucement
When I grow up . . .
Pictures as story starters
Make human letters
Demonstrate parts of speech
help on how to format text
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