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

lynda.com - Online Software Tutorials

lynda.com is a online training library with a lot of tutorials that can be browsed by subject (3D + Animation, Audio, Business, design, Developer, Home Computing, Photography, Video, Web + Interactive, Documentaries), by software and by author.

Natural Transitions for Storytelling

This video shows you the different transitions that you can apply during the recording (instead of in the editing phase) so that your flow from one scene to the next appears natural. This video was also chosen as a lesson for the Vimeo Video School.

Video 101

Video 101 is a small collection of video tutorials on the basics of shooting and editing videos, in line with the Vimeo Video School. The videos are done in a funny, motivating way and they contain really useful tips, such as for recording basics: tripod benefit, simple light reflection techniques, composition, ...

Vimeo is an online community where members can publish their videos.

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Step 1: Choosing a Camera
Step 2: Shooting Basics
Step 3: Editing Basics
Step 4: Editing Details

Vimeo Video School

Vimeo Video School is a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos. There are Vimeo Lessons by Vimeo staff as well as video tutorials created by members and suggested through http://vimeo.com/groups/videoschool. Vimeo Lessons provide bite-sized information and great examples on a particular video-making topic in the Vimeo Video School. Lessons are created by Vimeo staff and structured to give you more details and pertinent examples about the stuff you want to learn about. Then, when you’re done, you can take part in a Lesson Challenge and put your new found skills to use.

Vimeo is an online community where members can publish their videos.

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Behind The Scenes

StoryBoard Pro Software

Atomic Learning's free Video StoryBoard Pro is designed to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. It features the ability to:
- Enter shot titles and descriptions, complete with planned lengths and edited order.
- Indicate shot types: video, still, audio, music, or titles.
- Enter film tips for your camera person when videotaping the shot and editing tips to be used when editing in iMovie, Movie Maker 2, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, or any other editor of your choice.
- Import existing video clips, still pictures, and sounds to better illustrate each shot.
- Create, save, and import templates for video projects.
- Print copies of your storyboard for use while filming or editing.
- Print blank storyboard worksheets for brainstorming new ideas.
- Shot tips that link to online Atomic Learning Library sample video clips.

StoryBoard Pro is a solution using the FileMaker Pro runtime engine. There is a tutorial series by at the bottom of the page.

There is also a free preview of the Video Storytelling Guide with guidelines: http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/en/storytellingindex.shtml. This is a preview of a full online course in video storytelling that includes a total of 75 integrated video examples.

iMovie in Teacher Education

In preparing the next generation of teachers, we need to take seriously the responsibility of empowering teachers with tools to assist them in their continued professional growth and pursuit of teaching excellence. Preservice teachers should understand the impact digital video can have in placing children's voices in the forefront of educational decisions. Pre-service and practicing teachers alike can easily learn how to incorporate digital video into their classroom instruction through the use of tools like iMovie.  Below are four different applications of iMovie used in a single elementary science methods course to prepare future teachers of science.

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1) Introducing external artifacts, 2) Modeling of alternative teaching strategies, 3) Reviewing and reflecting upon shared events, and 4) Documenting learning or presentation of personal accomplishment

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The information center for digital media in school and education from a School of Education in Switzerland.

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Unterricht (Education)
• Aktuell (latest)
• Praxis (in practice)
• Bild, Ton, Text (images, sound, text)
• Links

Lernmedien (educational media)
• Aktuell (latest)
• Offline Lernen (learning offline)
• Online Lernen (learning online)

Beratung (Consulting)
• Konzeptberatung (concept discussion)
• ICT-Entwicklungskonzept Solothurn (ICT development concept Solothurn)
• Prävention (prevention)
• Schulen im Netz (schools on the Internet)
• Freie Software (free software)

Weiterbildung (further education)
• Kurse (courses)
• Schulinterne Weiterbildung (school related further education)
• Pädagogischer Support (pedagogical support)
• Media Experts
• Veranstaltungen Rückblick (events – review)

• Basel-Karlsruhe-Forum
• Termine (dates)
• Education-News
• Ausleihe (lending)
• Wikimedias
• Links
• Über uns (about us)

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Acrobat Reader

Lehrer Online

Lehrer-Online offers its users everything related to using digital media in education: teaching materials, media reviews, link collections, ...

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News/Education/Media Literacy/Dossier

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Acrobat Reader, Powerpoint, Real Player,…

Video in the classroom

Video in the Classroom was founded in 2003 by Mathew Needleman to focus on video production in the elementary grades. The site was recently relaunched to showcase the work of elementary educators from across the country and provide additional how-to information, additional links, and a complete redesign.

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View Films
Make Films

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