Sharing Your Voice & Digital Storytelling

“To address the most important issue first: there is no such thing as digital storytelling. There’s only storytelling in the digital age. . .Digital is not the difficult part in digital storytelling. Storytelling is.” ~ Jasper Visser

Bella & Jules

After developing and facilitating a digital storytelling exploratory course for middle schoolers for nine years, I am rejoicing in the fact that digital tools have been getting easier and easier to use.  I began by using Pinnacle Studio on a standalone desktop PC–not connected to our SLOW school network.  I liked it but always ran into issues with rendering…crashing, taking FOREVER, formatting, etc.  Eventually, we bought Flip cameras and were able to also purchase Adobe Premiere Elements and a new, much faster desktop PC.  What a difference!  The only problem is that we only had one editing computer in the school and of course each of the groups of students I was working with needed that one computer at the same time.  This was always frustrating because I only had the students three times a week for 30 minutes each day.  I was eager to learn about new online editing tools and applications through #etmooc Topic 2 Digital Storytelling and took the opportunity to explore several of them, along with some other digital storytelling options, which I am sharing below.

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Animoto vs YouTube: Free Photo Slideshow Comparison

As an instructional technology specialist, educator, and avid technology user, I am always on the look out for free applications to use. I have been specifically interested in finding FREE online ways to create and share slideshows and video. One of the activities we were asked to do as a final “summary of learning” was to create a reflection artifact of our #etmooc learning experience.…

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The Podium of Pedagogy!

When I started writing this post I titled it “iBooks in Education” but then revised it to what you see above. The reason for doing so is that the excitement I have about iBooks is grounded in what it empowers students to achieve in Project Based Learning(PBL) or Inquiry Based Learning(IBL), structured by an Understanding by Design(UbD) framework, empowered with current technologies. Continue reading

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My first #etmooc experience… here we go!

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I’ve mentioned previously that I worked with a number of colleagues developing a technology catalyst team last year.  Our primary goal was to use technology in a meaningful way, to foster engagement while reaching outcomes but also, teaching students about digital fluency and their role in achieving it.  I adored my experience with the Thom Technology Catalyst team, primarily because it truly forced me to think about my own teaching practice, my love of technology, and how to fuse the two in a way that is truly meaningful and authentic for students.  How do I become a better teacher?  How can I have a best practice with  new skills around technology?…

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