8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling

Transform Learning ~ written by Samantha Morra

First appeared on Edudemic.  (Updated 3/14/2014)

8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling

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Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate. Long before paper and books were common and affordable, information passed from generation to generation through this oral tradition of storytelling. Consider Digital Storytelling as the 21st Century version of the age-old art of storytelling with a twist: digital tools now make it possible for anyone to create a story and share it with the world.

WHY Digital Storytelling?

Digital stories push students to become creators of content, rather than just consumers. Weaving together images, music, text, and voice, digital stories can be created in all content areas and at all grade levels while incorporating the 21st century skills of creating, communicating, and collaborating.

Movies, created over a century ago, represent the beginning of digital storytelling. Consuming movies has become a…

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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

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I have been writing my PhD so haven’t updated this blog for a while. Thesis writing is taking up a lot of my mental space as I get the ideas, storyline and contentions to ‘coalesce’ and cohere in a manner suitable for such a piece of work.

I’ve been mulling over a series of ideas in my analysis of digital literacies, and one of them is the concept and practice of ‘curation’ as a digital literacy, and what the implications are for curation practices to be better understood, theorised, and subsequently harnessed for educational purposes. My PhD thesis (Bhatt, forthcoming) is not fully completed yet, but some ideas are worth throwing out to collide with others as part of what I believe is a public conversation (#impact #engagement). [Aside: see this brief lecture by Steven Johnson on the ‘collision’ of ideas and the sharing of half-baked hunches]

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The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop

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I had the great privilege of facilitating a staff workshop on growth mindsets for the teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International School.

Staff were given access to the slide deck in order interact with the slides and resources during the workshop.

 

What follows are the activities along with resources used during the workshop.

It began with the viewing of a few “inspirational” videos.

Online resources were provided and small groups (prearranged prior to the workshop based on teaching disciplines) were asked to explore and list the characteristics of both growth and fixed mindsets.

They provided with a link to this The Educator and the Growth Mindset Thinglink (which contains lots of linked resources). Note – I created the graphic first using Piktochart.

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They were also given:

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Maker Space In Education Series… 10 More Sites….Making With Technology

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of  20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education and also 10 Sites To Help You Start Making In The Classroom.  In this post I highlight 10 additional sites that can promote making with an emphasis on some tech tools. I encourage you to send me information and resources you think help with this idea, as I am also Making time to learn.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your…

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Come personalizzerò la mia scatolina dei pirati? Come funziona? Dove stanno le informazioni? – #loptis

Pirate Box – secondo tutorial Loptis

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Questo è il secondo dei tutorial che corredano le PirateBox.


Un router è un computer, un computer organizzato per assolvere a uno scopo ben preciso: instradare i pacchetti di dati da una rete ad un’altra. Internet è tutta fatta di reti separate che comunicano fra loro attraverso router – ve ne sono di tipi diversi ma la sostanza è questa.

Il router MR3020 è un router, appunto, ma una volta diventato una PirateBox non è più un router…

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Teaching character strenghts_ Ita_Insegnare la forza

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Teaching character strenghts_ Ita_Insegnare la forza.

Prime riflessioni ad alta voce.

Ovvero: come ‘calare’ nel concreto dell’attività disciplinare svolta in classe la ‘cura’ di abilità e competenze personali?

Premessa. Questo intervento vuol essere un primo ‘take out’, in lingua italiana, dal corso “Teaching character and creating positive classrooms” (del Relay Graduate School of Education tramite Coursera) e da altri articoli e corsi correlati, tutti o quasi in lingua inglese. Non è certamente esente da imprecisioni e approssimazioni e non pretende d’insegnare nulla a nessuno: vuol solo informare e condividere spunti di riflessione operativi per stimolare, magari,un confronto costruttivo. Ne faccio un post in un blog sì da poterlo via via aggiornare e integrare in tempo reale e aprirlo a commenti o integrazioni – più che benvenuti! – da parte di chi condivide l’interesse al tema.

Il contesto della nostra disciplina potrà essere, anche tecnologicamente, assai variegato ma in un…

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Maker Space In Education Series… 20 Reasons Your Students Should Be Making

Very useful. thanks for sharing!

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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It’s  still summer time in the States and I couldn’t help but think of the idea of play, and that of course made me think of Maker Space. I have long  encourage Making in the classroom. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that this idea is now a movement and one that I suggest all 21st century educators Make some room for. I hope you enjoy this series and I encourage you to send me information and resources, as I am also Making time to learn.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week…

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Stress as a positive: Recent research that suggests it has benefits

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Aerialist Nik Wallenda looks down and sees the 1,500-foot drop to the bottom of the Grand Canyon below him. All that stands between him and a lethal landing is the 2-inch tightrope that he has decided to traverse on camera, the moment being broadcast around the world on live television. If most people were to rank the most stressful events of their life, this would very likely be near the top of the list. But Wallenda thrives on stress of this magnitude.

In June, Wallenda balanced his way across a quarter-mile gap in the Grand Canyon. And with his feet firmly back on the ground, he shared how he is able to perform stunts like this: by seeing the physical manifestations of stress as positives. Yes, the body will start to shake on the tightrope. But this is not a sign of weakness; it is instead a natural response…

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Practicing the Educator as a Maker Educator Mindset

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I’ve written about the Educator as a Maker Educator.

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In order to practice and reinforce my maker skills as well as these “mindsets”, I enrolled in the online course, Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning.  What attracted me to this course was not only the focus on tinkering and maker education but also that the participants are asked to engage in hands-on activities.  Their course introduction follows – worth a view by anyone interested in making and tinkering:

The activity for this week, week 2, we were asked to create  circuit_boards (downloadable PDF).

The following materials were recommended

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(plus some general others – tape, Stainless steel or copper nails, Philips head screws, Flat head screws, Coated wire, Zip ties, Soldering irons, Solder, Power drill screwdriver, Hammer, Saw, Sand paper, Wire cutter, Wire stripper).

Maker Educator as a Resource Suggester and Provider

I am a teacher…

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