These are session notes from the workshop, "Talk with Media: Digital Storytelling in the Classroom" at the Oct 21-22, 2010 conference in Holland, Michigan: "Teaching and Learning in the Cloud." The session description was:
Media is powerful, and there are many ways teachers can integrate various types of media into student projects and assessments using digital storytelling. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to save various types of media locally to a computer hard drive, multiple websites to use to find copyright friendly images, audio and video files, and explore different examples of student work to gain skills as well as inspiration in facilitating digital storytelling projects in the classroom.

21 Oct 2010, Holland Michigan

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What are the most important things you want to learn today?

Learn new web based tools.  Looking forward to having fun as well.  Obtain a better understanding of how to integrate digital media into the classroom.  Absolutely love that video.

What is digital story telling, incorporating in the classroom and what technical knowledge will be required to make digital story telling effective, not only for us in the classroom, but also for our student's expression of knowledge.

Resource for the classroom
Practical ways to use technology in the classroom
Viewing sample projects
Learn some new tools for students to use telling their stories or showing what they have learned
Practical tips for use in the classroom with our elementary and middle school students.  What is digital storytelling?  How can we use it with our students?
What is cloud all about?
How to give options for assignments for my students based on interest.
Thoughtful ways to think through the process of composing digital stories.

Questions or comments about Tell a Story in 5 Frames?

Love the different ways a 5 frame story can help show students an end result of what they are working towards..

Most frustration with collaborating online with blogs is use of blogs that don't have a word limit. Very frustrating for ELA descriptive assignments to be truncated due to word count limits.

Idea: take a picture and put in something that doesn't belong, leads to cognitive dissonance

Another site for purchasing a domain is:  A domain can be purchased for only $5 and you don't get all the "upsale" you get from GoDaddy.

Technical Feedback
Economical Miracle?  Shouldn't it be economic?
Two voices were speaking during one slide.
Liked the variety of images and the music.  Variety of voices, although the male voice talked very fast, and was difficult to understand.
Maybe some visual words would have helped us pay closer attention.

Voice transitions a bit stark.
Overall story a bit long.

Technically, inconsistant audio between voices, inconsistent bed (music inderneath), crossfades between beds absent during a black out. Good for emphasis, but not for a black frame.  Balance time between male and female voice.

Amber Alert technical: acting not planned to look "real." Teenager with the FBI? some images disjointed with adjacent images. Pixilization evident. Citations and credits not complete.

Content Feedback

Short, but to the point.  Got the message through... we liked the different shots of how an Amber Alert is broadcast.  We liked the written statistics in between the pictures.  Kept our attention.

Good mix of stat and story

Technical Feedback

Other links from today:

Digitales by Bernajean Porter

The FREE K-12 Online Conference (going NOW!)

YouTube download tool - alternatives to Firefox Add-ons; I like that it will also convert the video file format; Windows and OSX versions:

Amazing Windows only file converter - will even allow you to rip video from a DVD for use in a PPT:

Stopmotion resources:

One of my favorite after school projects uses morphing software.  It's a great way to teach simile. (e.g. the principal is an ape."  Then have the principal turn into an ape. A favorite, easy to use free Windows Morphing program is: Sqirlz Morph  Kids love this.  A great project for gifted and talented students.

Scoring Guides from DigiTales:

Khan Academy (1800+ math screencasts - free)

Educational Vodcasting:

Wesley's fall 2010 course lecturecasts (audio podcasts)

Online stopwatch we used today:

LegoBoy12345678 Stopmotion video channel shared by Alexander:

Clone Wars stopmotion example by LegoBoy12345678 shared by Alexander:

Deadline Post It Stopmotion example shown:

Copyright and Fair Use Resources from Storychasers:

Copyright and Fair Use Resources from the Media Education Lab at Temple University:

Lesson plan for teachers: The Cost of Copyright Confusion


Scratch from MIT (free)

StopMotion Western Classics (from Wesley and Alexander, circa 2003

Behind the Scenes with Alexander (age 5)

iStopmotion Software ($50)

SAM Animation (stopmotion) software:

Frames software by Tech4Learning

Wesley's Stopmotion Filmmaking Resources

Sharing: The Moral Imperative on DotSub

Flip Video Cameras

Xtranormal: text to movie

GoAnimate example:

Brave New Expo GoAnimate example:

GoAnimate (similar to Xtranormal)

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