DENs Summer School 2010: Digital Storytelling

Know I am working close to the wire, but there’s still time to register for the DENs Digital Storytelling Week beginning today, Monday, August 3, 2010. Webinars for this series begin at 11 AM EDT and end at noon. To kick off a week of summer school learning with the DEN, start with Lights, Camera, Education.

Build on your basic Digital Storytelling skills by learning virtually from Hollywood filmmakers. The American Film Institute sought to make the ‘language of film’ accessible for educators to empower them to harness the appeal of Digital Storytelling in their classrooms. The multimedia educational resource Lights, Camera, Education! is the result. Hosted by actor Sean Astin, Lights, Camera, Education! models the filmmaking process as the writing process and offers hands-on lesson plans and video tutorials. Frank Guttler, film educator and principle developer of the AFI Screen Education process, will preview the Lights, Camera, Education! resource available for educators exclusively on Discovery Education streaming. Click to register.

Tuesday, August 4, 2010 takes the digital storytelling to the next step: Connecting the Writing Process to Digital Storytelling: Storyboarding and Storymapping.

Learn how to make use of storyboards to visually organize your script and get the whole crew on the same page, literally. And learn how to use storymapping to create and build dramatic tension in order to arrive at a lesson learned – even in a deodorant commercial.

In the classroom, one of the hardest parts for getting students on board with really good digital storytelling products is getting them literally to map their story. This webinar will give you easy insertion tools to make the process pain free. I thoroughly enjoyed this series last year when it was offered, and this session in particular changed my appproach to how I work with my student. I know you will enjoy the series.  Click to register.

Wednesday, August 5, 2010, will explore Web-based Tools for Digital Storytelling. In addition to a plethora of Web 2.0 tools, this webinar will feature integrating Discoverystreaming in your digital storytelling. One of the best things about digital storytelling and Discovery products is the ability to incorporate a finished product into Discovery Builders. Click to register.

Hope to see you virtually.

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