Digital Storytelling can describe a variety of different media production practices. The emphasis on personal voice and facilitative teaching methods best describes what ever medium you use to create your digital story. Every person has stories about events, people, and places, as does each content area in the curriculum. The primary goal is to create a thoughtful and direct writing piece that includes a bit of magic!
PhotoStory3 is a great tool to use in the classroom when creating a digital storytelling piece. This free application allows the student to assemble and organize photos very quickly. It also allows the creator to add text, narration, background music and transitions in a simple and direct way.
Read about the System Requirements needed to create a digital storytelling piece using PhotoStory3
- That Reminds Me of a Story by Holly Walsh - created as a student example of a full and rich digital story. (Take a look at the working copy! You will need Photostory3 downloaded on your computer to view this file.)
- The Beginning by Charlene Paskoski - Created as an introduction for 7th grade science students
- KLR Plant Cell by Kiani, Liz, and Rachel, seventh grade science students
- LAT Animal Cell by Laine, Allie, and Tess, seventh grade science students
- Free Spirit by Julia, an 8th grade student
Use a RAFT as scaffolding to help build and support the digital story. Voice is a natural Writing Trait to focus on when using digital storytelling. Visit the Writing Fix for more ideas on voice. Visit Biography Maker to develop a rich biography on an interesting person. Be creative and design a lesson that incorporates the Write Traits, Differentiated Instruction, the content you are teaching AND technology!
- Create a title page in Power Point > File > Save As > File Type = .jpg
- Let the program do the transitions for you! It does a nice job and you don't have to spend a lot of time to get movement.
- Make sure that the students have type ALL of the narration before handing out the headsets and microphones.
- Use the touch pad when clicking the narration on and off if you have one available. Sometimes you can hear the clicking of the mouse.
- Use the many background sounds that the program has included. Play around until you find the right background sound to match the tone of your story. You will want to lower the volume of the background music so that it doesn't overpower the narration. This can be found about half way down on the music window.
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