Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling
I've been wanting to start digital storytelling with my class for some time now, but it never seemed like the right time. We've had short weeks, holidays, assemblies, and mid-term assessments galore. Plus, my student teacher is teaching 100% of the time and it's hard to fit in any extras within her plans. 
Then I saw it...
March 4, Michelle, at First Grade Best, added a new post to her blog about Digital Storytelling. Kaboom, inspiration is born! I decided I should just integrate and get over my excuses.

We went on a field trip to the Environmental Learning Center on Tuesday and had a fabulous time learning about our Indian River Lagoon. 
The kids checking out some pond creatures.
Then, today we wrote about three things that we did at the ELC. Their written work was edited/revised. They illustrated three pages to go along with their story. I took pictures of their illustrations, loaded them on their iPod Touches. The students used the app SonicPics and recorded the audio of their stories. 
Here's one of our stories:
video
I am pretty pleased with this first attempt at expository digital storytelling, and I can't wait to do some more!
Thank you, Michelle! I needed that jumpstart.

2 comments:

  1. I too have been working on digital storytelling. We have played around with several programs. Our school has Dell computers which seem to have the flu, always. I envy the iPad and hope to begin a new project on DonorsChoose after my current project closes. However, I found the app on my iPhone and will try one this way. THANKS A BUNCH!

    Cheryl from Primary Graffiti

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  2. Hi Andi! I just came across your blog and you are super sweet to give my blog a shout out! I hope your digital storytelling experience was a positive one! I use both the mac imovie and on my dell at school I use moviemaker and both work out well! Maybe too well, I can't keep up with the children's requests these days. I also like the storyrobe app. I'll check out the SonicPics. I can't wait to add your blog link to my blog! Thanks again for the comment/post, it really inspires me!

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