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1 The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Bernard Robin College of Education University of Houston

2 What is Digital Storytelling? Combining the art of telling stories with some mixture of digital graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and music to present information on a specific topic. Revolve around a theme and often contain a particular viewpoint; stories are typically just a few minutes long.

3 Types of Digital Stories -1 Personal Narratives as described by the CDS: Character Stories – explore how we love, who we are inspired by, and the importance of finding meaning in our relationships. Memorial Stories – deal with memories of people who are no longer with us. These stories are often difficult but are emotionally powerful and can help with the grieving process. Stories about Events in Our Lives Adventure Stories – revolve around places we visit and adventures we have in our travels. Accomplishment Stories – deal with achieving goals and understanding defining moments in our lives. Stories about Places in Our Lives – examine the important places in our lives: our homes, our towns, and our experiences that connect us to our communities. Stories about What We Do – allow us to talk about our jobs, professions and careers in terms of how we value and find meaning in the work we do. Other Personal Stories Recovery Stories – deal with how we overcome great obstacles and challenges in our lives. Love Stories – provide us with an opportunity to share some of the most meaningful parts of our lives with the people we most cherish. Discovery Stories – let us reflect on what we have learned and illustrate our journeys of discovery.

4 Tools We Use Photo Story 3 (Free from Microsoft) System Requirements (Requires Windows XP & Windows Media Player 10) Stories Can Be Converted with Premiere Elements for Playback on Apple Computers or Older Versions of Windows

5 Types of Digital Stories -1 Examples of Personal Narratives Almost Paradise The Computer and I Fleeing Hurricane Rita Coming to Houston My Mama

6 Types of Digital Stories -2 Examination of Historical Themes and Events Based on Material Students Explore Facilitates Research and Organizational Skills Needs to Go Beyond the Digitized “MTV Video” or the “Encyclopedia Entry”* * Digital Storytelling: Moving from Promise to Practice Mark Hofer, College of William & Mary, USA; Kathleen Owings Swan, University of Kentucky, USA - 4:00pm Wednesday, Universal E1 Digital Storytelling: Moving from Promise to Practice

7 Types of Digital Stories -2 Examples of Historical Digital Stories The Gettysburg Address Race to the Moon The Holocaust Hiroshima

8 Types of Digital Stories -3 Stories that Inform or Instruct Can be Argued that All Digital Stories Inform (or Instruct) But the Distinction is that Digital Stories Can Be Created that Deliver Instructional Content on Many Different Topics, Including: Math, Science, Language Arts, Medicine, etc.

9 Types of Digital Stories -3 Examples of Stories that Inform or Instruct Geometry: Art & Architecture - Using the van Hiele Levels of Geometric Understanding to Improve Student Achievement Pinhole Cameras Aging Well

10 An Effective Tool for Teachers Stories Created by Teachers Can Serve: As a Lesson Hook As a Way to Integrate Multimedia into the Curriculum As a Way to Make Difficult Content More Understandable To Facilitate Classroom Discussion

11 An Effective Learning Tool for Students Research Skills Writing Skills Organization Skills Technology Skills Presentation Skills Interview Skills Interpersonal Skills Problem-Solving Skills Assessment Skills

12 Student Literacy Digital Literacy Global Literacy Technology Literacy Visual Literacy Information Literacy

13 Challenges to Students Creating Digital Stories Trouble Formulating a Sound Argument Less Interest in the Storytelling Access to Technology Hardware and Software Limited Ability to Save from the Internet Time Consuming Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues

14 Research on the Impact of Digital Storytelling Educators who ARE Using DS: How are you using Digital Storytelling? Are you creating digital stories to show to your students? Are you teaching your students to create their own digital stories? If students are using Digital Storytelling, what are the outcomes? Have you demonstrated Digital Storytelling to others? If so, to other teachers? Who else? Do you feel that Digital Storytelling has changed your teaching practice?

15 Research on the Impact of Digital Storytelling Educators who ARE NOT Using DS: Why are you not using Digital Storytelling? What are the obstacles? Do you have questions about how to use Digital Storytelling in your instruction? Are you experiencing technical problems? If so, what problems are you having? Are you interested in additional Digital Storytelling training sessions? Are there other issues that are preventing you from using Digital Storytelling in your instruction? Are you planning to use Digital Storytelling in the future?

16 More Research on Digital Storytelling Helen Barrett's Research Design: How do digital stories provide evidence of deep learning? Under what conditions can digital stories be used to support assessment for learning? Under what conditions do students take ownership of their digital stories? What are the benefits of developing digital stories as perceived by students, teachers, administrators, and/or parents? What are perceived obstacles to implementing digital storytelling with P-12 students and how can they be overcome? How does the quality of paper-based reflection differ from digital stories?

17 University of Houston’s Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Website


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