Every life is a story. With DENnis Grice, those stories come to life through the simplicity of using an iPad. His mission: not to teach technology, but to help teachers use technology to teach. DENnis is a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council Member, a Peer Coaching Workshop Facilitator, and a sharer of his passion: ntegrating technology into curriculum. A cross-country flyer, DENnis has collaborated digitally, face to face, and globally. By the end of this interactive session, you will be telling YOUR story.
Dennis says he wears many different hats as a technology administrator in CA. His resources can be found here.
His focus is digital storytelling but he prefers to refer to it as storytellilng with digital tools, because it’s all about the story. All you need to be proficient in this session is an iPad and your fingers. First comes the story, then the tool. Many kinds of stories. Begin with an idea. Then you need to gather information and collect research. (I think it’s always wise to tell students to put their research on their desktop, except for images, which must go to your camera roll and then you are golden to image insertion.
Your story needs a problem, after you have a idea. Our story is about an animal and the problem: he’s hungry. Next you should have a graphic organizer. How will your character(s) deal with the problem. Do you have a good narrative story? This is your first assessment point. How is conflict and resolution dealt with. Second assessment point. Then you need to chunk your story. Make a storyboard. Then research media and video clips. But it is the written narrative that will guide the story.
Dennis goes to Discovery Education to search for editable clips only, and he downloads his video clips to one of three places on the image. Box is a favorite and after you have all your clips, go to iMovie and select your clip. You slice it with your finger to cut the film. You check with your storyboard to determine your video editing. When students are finished, and you are ready to record, you want to be in the yellow area and keep your mouth far away enough so that your sibilant sounds do not ruin the recording. You can edit the sound on your video to remove anything that isn’t what you want. Dennis uses different voices to create your characters, but if the video were a team project , each student would record in a character voice.
Garage Band is used to create a sound timeline for your video. There are pre-made sounds that you can loop in combinations. You can and should experiment with different sounds. They can be spliced and used to make interesting music. After you make your music, how does it get to iMovie. You export the music and select iMovie as your target. Then select your movie by title and insert the music. And of course, you have already recorded your script, so you need to adjust your music level. Dennis’s rule: your voice must be twice as loud as the music. You want to hear both so you will have to adjust the volume of the music/narrative using audio levels. You can adjust the voices to the proper volume.
When your video is finished, you need to save and export it. You can always go back to edit, but you must export and save so it can be seen. We have conflict and resolution. The polar bear eats but the seal is gone. Dennis says that’s life. From the audience came a really good question: how do you fix the rate of speed for speakers if too fast/slow. The answer is simple. You go to the speed control on the bottom and make the adjustment there. No need to re-record.
Dennis suggests you use iCab Mobile for your video. There is also a mobile DiscoveryStreaming app available. Dennis suggests you make a digital folder for the students so they already have the images and they can focus on the story. As a former teacher, I tried this but in high school students resist carrot and stick. Dennis said if you don’t use iCab Mobile for your videos, then you must work with your videos on your computer and then download them to Box. From there, you can access your videos on your iPad. Dennis says he uses both; I prefer iCab Mobile. Keeps everything on the iPad, and that is the goal here, I think. I am highly recommending that because of the highly technical nature of this presentation and the many steps you need to take in certain pieces: image and video collection and voice and music insertion that you re-view this presentation which is presented at the end of this post. You have the luxury of pausing and experimenting with Dennis at your own pace. Highly recommended.
The live audience is busy working with guided instruction from Dennis. The most important part of the storytelling is sharing. Because it is a digital story, it can be shared easily. Dennis likes Google Drive and that’s where he has his students put things. I know Dennis well and have been at conferences with him in the past and it’s one of those cases of friend of a friend. In the DEN, if we get to meet, either f2f or online, we become fast friends. I know Dennis will help you if you reach out and ask. He is very user-friendly.
You can view Dennis’s presentation below: