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"Your Pictures Tell a Story"
Way back before language was invented, people told stories with pictures. We learn to process images and sounds before we are able to read. Telling a story with pictures is a way for your students to express their ideas creatively and share what they know. Using tools like Photostory make the process of creating these stories a real no-brainer. Plus, if you want to share your stories or collaborate with others a new online tool called Voicethread lets your stories take on a life of their own.
Intro to Digital Storytelling
People have been using pictures to tell stories since before recorded history.
Pictures convey a powerful message (Ken Burn's "
"). It's more than just facts & figures pictures and voice can convey emotions as well.
Kids have been raised on TV, video games, and computers are wired to think visually - in pictures.
Teachers use visuals as writing prompts. (
Writing Prompt Builder)
Students use tools like Power Point, and PhotoStory3 to tell stories.
(pdf file) - Even 2nd Graders can use Power Point. Based on "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown and a project idea from teacher Jeff Lee. (I modified it to also use VoiceThread)
- Bet you didn't know Power Point could do this!
- A free download for Windows users.
PhotoStory3 Tutorials by David Jakes
- Great printable tutorials and screen capture tutorial videos. These cover everything we talked about in the session and few things we didn't.
Sample Student Projects and Lesson Ideas
10/5 Digital Story
Tidepool Riddles Project
Back to School Project
PhotoStory for Mac Users
How to view videos made with PhotoStory3 on a Mac:
On your Windows computer, use Windows Media Encoder to convert it to a "different" type of wmv.
On your Mac, install the Flip For Mac plug-in for Quicktime.
For more specifics see this blog:
- Use it to make "PhotoStory-like" projects. Here's how:
- Learn how to make a Digital Riddle with the previous version of iMovie using these tutorials from
iMovie Riddle Step 1
iMovie Riddle Step 2
iMovie Riddle Step 3
Speaking of converting things...
Does your school block YouTube? Here's a link that explains how to convert YouTube videos into something that can be dowloaded and viewed offline:
"Free to YouTube"
Add an element of collaboration to your digital stories using VoiceThread. Your students could work together on a story for your class or your class could collaborate with students across the country or around the world.
How does it work? Here are a couple of blog posts that explain it...
Your Pictures Tell A Story
- Sept. 30, 2007
- Oct. 13, 2007
(made with Voicethread of course!)
Notice that VoiceThreads can be embedded in your blog or wiki.
(How cool is that?)
Digital Storytelling with Kindergarten
- From Bridget Belardi, a library/media specialist in Pittsburgh, PA.
- A collaboration of educators from the Discovery National Institute - July 2007
Landforms Where We Live
- A presentation started by Amy Lundstrom, an educator in Bend, Oregon.
VT in the Classroom
- The ultimate collection of Voicethread projects by TechieTeacher
The Important Book - Here's a Power Point project idea from teacher Jeff Lee, modified to work with VoiceThread.
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