digital storytelling

How-To-Guide Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators

This e-book explains digital storytelling and includes tutorials to implement available online tools for digital storytelling and resources through step-by-step tutorials. This e-book is licensed under Creative Commons, and the author's blog lists many more useful resources, downloadable how-to-guides and interesting blog posts: http://langwitches.org/

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About the Author
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Available Tools for Digital Storytelling
- Audacity
- Google Maps
- Photo Story
- Mixbook
- VoiceThread
- Windows Movie Maker
- Wordle
Resources
- Digital Storytelling Resources
- Google Earth
- PhotoStory
- Audacity
- Google Maps
- Movie Production
- Windows Movie Maker
- Wordle
- Creative Commons Media
- Sound & Music
- Images

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

This website for teachers and students shows how multimedia can be integrated an educational activity such as digital storytelling. Originally begun by faculty members and graduate students in the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Houston College of Education, this website contains various external online resources (still images, audio files and video clips) that are examples of digital media projects. They can serve as a model for educators how they can utilize the power of accessible multimedia to engage students in today's K-12 and higher education classrooms.

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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling, University of Houston College of Education

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Digital Storytelling

This wiki page lists various interesting resources related to digital storytelling in an educational context. It lists books, (media) resources, examples of stop motion & other techniques, as well as student-created stories.

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Dr. Alec Couros, Open Thinking Wiki

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Kindersite project

The Kindersite has 1,000s of links to games, songs and stories (not necessarily educationally focused) for young children and it is designed for kinder, child-care, preschool, kindergartens, elementary, primary schools and Special needs plus homeschool, libraries and the home.
The website offers early learners, with the aid of care-givers, a tool to find and use contents in the form of games, songs and stories.
Through a graphical interface it is possible for the child, alone or with assistance, to select contents. The content that is found to be most engaging or requested by a child can be added to a personal list, via an updateable 'My page' mechanism. It will also be possible for caregivers to build a 'my page' for a child with recommendations or required games.

MakeBeliefsComix - Create your own educational comic

MakebeliefsComix is a US based site that offers teachers and others resources and ideas on creating educational comics. It has also been recognised by Google and UNESCO as one of the world's most innovative websites in fostering literacy and reading.
MakeBeliefsComix has recently launched a new version of its website with added features to enrich the experience of students as they write, read and tell comic strip stories online.
A teacher’s guide is available, and the site can be used in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and even Latin as well as English.

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DigMo! Education and Creative Technologies Blog

This blog gives an interesting mix of stories on creatively using technology for education with "mini discoveries, tips, apps, and website finds", including topics such as digital storytelling software, student video works, and Apple products ... .The (anonymous) author is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Photographer.

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Teaching with Comic Life 2, a guide to using Plasq’s Comic Life 2 in the Classroom

This free ebook is a teaching guide to using Plasq’s Comic Life 2 in the classroom, a digital story telling application. The guide covers the idea of visual story telling and communicating a narrative with only 6 photos. According to the author, the simple graphical user interface and intuitive drag and drop workflow makes Comic Life a perfect tool for classrooms both at primary and secondary level.

The guide includes a task: in small groups pupils will write and communicate a story using only eight photos and the Comic Life Application (you can buy from http://www.plasq.com).

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Introduction to Comic Life 2
Story Telling with Comic Life
Task
Learning Outcomes
Transferable skills
Resources
Writing your Story
Telling a Story Comic Life
Step 1 : Select your layout Template
Step 2 : Importing Images
Step 3 : Adding Image Effects
Step 4 : Adding Text
Exporting and Sharing
Using Bluetooth to transfer Photos and Comics
Transferring Files with Bluetooth
Connecting with DigMo!

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FÍS

FÍS is an inter-related group of projects, for schools, community and development, all based on the power of digital storytelling. The web portal incorporates Eurocreator www.eurocreator.com and digitalcreator www.digitalcreator.ie.

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Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT)

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BBC Video Nation Network

"Your views and experiences on camera and online"

Video Nation is based on the social research organisation Mass Observation, set up in 1937. Their aim was to create an "anthropology of ourselves" by studying the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. They did this by recruiting a team of observers and a panel of volunteer writers. The Mass Observation archive is currently kept at the University of Sussex, and you can find out more at their Mass Observation website.

Video Nation enable everybody to produce a short video for the web. Video Nation edits the content but hands over control and the final publishing decision to the creator. Video Nation has local production teams who provide all the training and advice contributors need to film successfully. The site also looks for particular subjects or aspects of life and invites contribution from its users.

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Video Nation enable everybody to produce a short video for the web. Video Nation edits the content but hands over control and the final publishing decision to the creator. Video Nation has local production teams who provide all the training and advice contributors need to film successfully. The site also looks for particular subjects or aspects of life and invites contribution from its users.

You can search the site by subject, features, locality, contributors' surnames, region and the title of the video. Each video lists Title, Contributor, Length, Date, Source, Country, Categories
An example of a feature is REMEMBRANCE 1918 - 2008: "There are very few people left who can remember the end of World War One first hand. But ninety years on many peoples' lives are still affected by the war which was meant to 'end all wars'. This series of Video Nation films take a personal look at some of the ways people have been touched by the Great War."

Video Nation also lists several guidelines to improve your filming skills: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/videonation/filmingskills/)
- RECORDING SOUND
- FILMING YOUR SURROUNDINGS
- THE "HOLLYWOOD SHOT"
- LIGHTING THE SUBJECT
- FILMING CONVERSATIONS
- FILMING ACTION
- FILMING A "PIECE TO CAMERA"
- LIGHTING YOURSELF
- DEALING WITH INTERRUPTIONS

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Seems to be only available in UK

Digital Storytelling Cookbook

"In all communities, in all cultures, stories evolve from the culinary experience. Making media, like making a meal, requires guidance, learning from our friends through the sharing of recipes and from those who spend their professional lives in the kitchen. We have helped over 10,000 people mine stories from their lives and personal media archives. Our cookbook shares our experience, some recipes and some humour to help you get started with your own storytelling experience.

Review a PDF copy of the introductory chapters of our Digital Storytelling Cookbook (2.1 MB)"

Table of contents: 

Preface
1 Stories in Our Lives
2 Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling
3 Approaches to Scripting
4 Storyboarding
5 Digitizing Story Elements
6 Introduction to Photoshop Elements
7 Introduction to Final Cut Express

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Joe Lambert, Center for Digital Storytelling. Contributions by Amy Hill, Nina Mullen, Caleb Paull, Emily Paulos, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Daniel Weinshenker

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2010

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978-0-9726440-1-3

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MediaSite Kaltura AmberScript

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