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Archive for April, 2010

Apr
07

Digital Stories – A Glimpse of …

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This was my first attempt at this kind of a digital story with my students. The bulk of the work was done in the classroom. The students created two pictures in class. One a self portrait, the other a religion picture. The other two pictures were objects the students brought in or photos they brought in of special objects, places or pets. The students then wrote a script for each picture. They were given a script template to get them started. After the scripts were written and edited, the children practiced reading them aloud to another student. Digital pictures were taken of the artwork and these were put in a folder on the server along with the other pictures. The students then entered the computer lab, and were taught how to find their folder of pictures, import them to iPhoto, and then create an iMovie by recording themselves reading their script as narration for each of their pictures. After the narration was recorded the children were to add a title, music and then export as a Quicktime Video. (You could also use Photostory 3 to create digital stories on a PC.)

I am very pleased with the results. These stories are amazing and the children are also very proud. It did take a bit longer to record each student’s narration as we needed the computer lab somewhat quiet and could not record more than one or two at a time. I did need help the students as they worked, although some of the children that finished first were able to assist the other students as well.

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Apr
07

2nd Grade Claymation

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The second graders love playing with clay! They created characters, put them together and then came up with a story. Usually they have an idea of the story, but it isn’t fully formed until they start acting it out and taking pictures. After the pictures are taken and converted to a video, (We used iMovie 09 on these. We have used FRAMES from tech4learning in the past.) the students added a title and background music. They also worked together to write the story.

Apr
07

Voicethread

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My second graders enjoyed using Voicethread to publish their stories. Each student wrote and illustrated a Leprechaun story (inspired of course by St. Patrick’s Day) and a Husky Dog story (inspired by a picture they created in art class.) After each child finished writing, editing and then re-writing their story they then created three pictures to illustrate it. They could create the pictures using paper and other art supplies, create the pictures using Skitch or a by a combination of the two. Many children enjoyed combining their art with Skitch. This method was the idea of the children. They held their picture up in front of the Mac’s camera – took a picture with Skitch and then drew on top of the picture with great results. As Voicethread is a collaborative tool, I plan on having the children comment on each other’s story.