Closing out Digital Storytelling Week…

Summer is winding down fast, and if you’re anything like me, you are busy prepping for the upcoming school year. I’ve hit the teacher store, updated my Wikispace, and now I’m ready for the DEN Summer School Webinars!

There are three amazing weeks of free professional development and resources! Digital Storytelling week just closed, and on Thursday I caught Mike Hakkarinen’s session on Discovery Education Media and iMovie. Mike’s presentation on iMovie was informative and easy to follow. He gave a great overview of the program and modeled a sample classroom project on a narrated video about Mars.

I am a new MAC user, and was excited with the information I received from this 1 hour session! As a regular PC user, I found through this presentation that iMovie 09 had many similarities to MovieMaker. Mike discussed the clip viewer vs. time line viewer… which are personal preferences when using the program, and gave a great overview of grabbing video segments from the Discovery Streaming library. He demonstrated adding titles, special effects, chapters, and more. Mike discussed adding transitions and audio last, because they can change the length of the video… which is a really great tip to know and remember!
There were some great discussions going on during the Webinar as well. Digital storytelling in the classroom is awesome… but understanding the process is important. Students should be writing scripts and storyboards first, and then take the time to piece the product together. DE Streaming offers an excellent resource from the American Film Institute that takes you through the process of making the connection between the writing process and filming. Check it out here.  Also, you can get many more transitions, fonts and effects from a company called Slick.  Slick has 10 volumes of fun things to add to iMovie 6 HD. (Unfortunately, they do not work with iMovie 09 and are not free.)

Be sure to tune in August 10-13th for the Summer School Webinars Leadership Week each day at 11 AM Eastern. What are you waiting for? Register now!

August 10th – The Information Society is HERE- Are our schools up to the task?

August 11th -  Policies, Safety, and Social Networking

August 12th – Web2.0 for Administrators and Others: Schools, Tools, and the 21st Century

August 13th – Data Driven Decisions with Discovery Education Assessment

And, if you haven’t done so yet… check out what’s new for Discovery Streaming this year… and remember to check the DEN blog for archived Summer School sessions!

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