Multimedia in Action Enhancing Student Engagement with Digital Storytelling

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Multimedia in Action Enhancing Student Engagement with Digital Storytelling Slide 2 What is Digital Storytelling? Modern expression of ancient art that uses digital tools to assist people in telling their own stories. How can digital storytelling be used in classroom? Special reports and projects Field trips Demonstration and explanations Laboratory reports Weaves images, music, narrative and voice Slide 3 What can you do with Digital Storytelling? Tell a personal story Increase language & vocabulary skills Create how-to and resource videos Teach and reinforce course content Slide 4 Why use Digital Storytelling? Increase thinking skills: analyze, synthesize, evaluate Improve written and oral communications skills Increase technology skills with free, easy software Slide 5 How is Digital Storytelling Accomplished Digital Story telling is accomplished through: Sound pedagogical skills Effective instructional design Proficient technology skills Last but not least A Good Story to Tell Slide 6 Tools Needed Windows XP Operating System (or Windows Vista w/XP compatibility mode) Windows Media Player 10 (free download) Windows Photostory 3 (free download) Speakers and microphone or headset w/ sound and audio Digital Photos from digital camera/phone, scanned, from Internet, from PPT Slide 7 Finding Images & Audio on the Web Image Search Engines Google Picsearch AltaVista Audio Search Engines AltaVista Singing Fish Slide 8 7 Elements of Digital Stories Audience - Stories have a particular audience in mind. Purpose - Stories are trying to accomplish a task (inform, educate, entertain, scare, etc.) Content - Content must be meaningful. Digital content adds to the story. Voice - Stories are told from a specific perspectives and uses the tellers voice to enrich the story. Technology - Technology is used to extend the story. Connections - Good stories connect with the participants. Economy - Stories tell enough to get the point across and no more. Planning Steps 1) Brainstorm an idea for your story. Consider audience and purpose. 2) Develop a narrative script. 3) Create a simple storyboard to determine the sequence of the story. 3) Collect or create images for the story 5) Identify music for soundtrack Slide 9 Step-By-Step Approach to Creating a Digital Story PART ONE: Define, Collect, Decide Select a topic for your digital story. Create a folder on the desktop where you can store the materials you find. Search for image resources for your story, including: pictures, drawings, photographs, maps, charts, etc. - Save these resources in your folder. Try to locate audio resources such as music, speeches, interviews, and sound effects. - Save these resources in your folder. Try to find informational content, which might come from web sites, word processed documents, or PowerPoint slides. - Save these resources in your folder. Begin thinking of the purpose of your story. Are you trying to inform, convince, provoke, question? Slide 10 PART TWO: Select, Import, Create Select the images you would like to use for your digital story. Select the audio you would like to use for your digital story. Select the content and text you would like to use for your digital story. Import images into Photo Story. Import audio into Photo Story. Modify number of images and/or image order, if necessary. Slide 11 PART THREE: Decide, Write, Record, Finalize Decide on the purpose and point of view of your digital story. Write a script that will be used as narration in your digital story AND provides the purpose and point of view you have chosen. Use a computer microphone and record the narration of your script. Import the narration into Photo Story. Finalize your digital story by saving it as a Windows Media Video (.wmv) file. Slide 12 PART FOUR: Demonstrate, Evaluate, Replicate Show your digital story to your colleagues. Gather feedback about how the story could be improved, expanded, and used in a teaching and learning context. Teach a friend how to create their own digital story. Congratulate yourself for a job well done! Slide 13 Lets Begin Tell the Story with Photostory Slide 14 Photo Story 3 Photo Story 3 is a free download from Microsoft. With a single click, you can Touch-up Crop Rotate pictures Remove red-eye Add special effects Add soundtracks Add narration to your photo stories. Personalize with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail or watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobilebased portable device. Slide 15 Create a New Project Select NEXT Slide 16 Import Images Photo Story allows import of most common image formats, including.bmp,.dib,.eps,.gif,.jhif, ljpe,.jpeg,.jpg,.pcd,.pcx,.png,.psd,.rle,.tga, and.tif. You can import a maximum of 300 images per project. Slide 17 Open the folder with saved images Slide 18 Select the desired images To import some photos, but not all, select the first photo, then hold down the CTRL key and select only those photos you want by clicking once on them, then click "OK." Slide 19 Arrange you images Click on the image to move (continue to hold down the mouse) and drag the image to the desired location and drop. Continue moving images until all are in the correct order. Slide 20 Edit Images 1. Select the image that needs editing. 2. It will appear in the larger window. 3. Select Edit 1.1. 2.2. 3.3. Slide 21 Edit the Image There are 3 tabs at the top. From the first tab rotate or crop the image. Slide 22 To Crop and Rotate 1.To rotate, select the direction to rotate. 2. Place a check in the crop box. 3.A rectangle will appear. Drag the edges of the rectangle to cover the area to keep. 4.Next click on CLOSE and save the changes. The image will be cropped. The original image is not altered! Slide 23 Auto Fix Slide 24 The effect(s) can be applied to all pictures if desired. Slide 25 Save your project Save the project after each addition and change. Warning: By default, Photo Story automatically saves projects into the "My Videos" folder. Be sure to change to your personal folder when saving EVERYTHING. Slide 26 Add a Title or Caption Add text Select the image to create a title on. Add the text - The title can have a maximum of 1,024 characters. The text wraps in the picture preview area. Apply desired characteristics 1. font, size and color 2. alignment 3. location on page Slide 27 Narrate the Story Slide 28 Customize Motion The default motion settings may be used or you may customize. The duration of each image may also be determined. Slide 29 Change the Transition between Images Slide 30 Add Background Music This feature allows students to be creative and removes ALL copyright issues! Slide 31 Create Music The Genre has many choices. The Style has multiple choice as does the Band type and the Mood. Next there is the choice of tempo and intensity. The mix and match possiblities are endless. Click the Play button to preview and if the music created is not what the creator wanted, start the selection process over. Music may be different for each image or it may be the same for the entire story. There may be music for some slides and not for others. If there is no music for a slide, narration may be added. A slide may not have both music and narration. Save your project! Slide 32 Select desired location to save the project. The default is My Documents/My Videos Slide 33 Save Your Story Playback on computer Send in an email message Playback on Pocket PC Playback on Smartphone Portable Media Center Build Your Story Your story will be a.wmv file Preview Your Story, Convert it into a podcast, or send it to your friends.


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