Monday, January 02, 2006

Digital Storytelling

While planning creative writing units for my classes, I came across several teacher webpages that sing praises of digital storytelling. This seems like a powerful and engaging way to narrate, and I'm wondering what resources we have at Arapahoe to accomodate this type of project (iMovie?). Food for thought, especially if your name is Karl Fisch.

11 Comments:

Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Hey, my name is Karl Fisch!

Perhaps you should share the URL's of those webpages in your blog so that all the 21c folks can visit them? Yes, digital storytelling is all the rage, precisely because it is so engaging for students, but also because a digital story done correctly requires a lot of higher level thinking skills.

As far as resources we have, iMovie would be an excellent choice, but only runs on Macs (which we only have a few older ones left). The Media Dell Lab has Microsoft Movie Maker 2 which is not nearly as easy or fun to use as iMovie, but gets the job done. We can also install Photostory 3, which is also from Microsoft and is designed just for still pictures (Movie Maker handles digital video as well).

I anticipate that the new lab that will replace the computers in C22 this summer (funded by our grants) will also have firewire cards added to them (for input from digital camcorders) and Movie Maker 2/Photostory 3 on them. We will need to talk about what exactly you want to do with your students to see which piece of software is most appropriate, or if we need to pursue (purchase) another piece of software.

You may also want to pursue some grants for related equipment (digital camcorder or digital cameras). There's currently a $300 LPS/First Bank (I think) grant out there that's due in mid-January. Then the big $2000 LPS Foundation grant typically follows in March or so.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Ms. Kakos said...

But you have nothing to say about the kittens? You are a focused man, Karl Fisch.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Well, I was waiting for your "digital story" about them and didn't want to ruin the surprise.

Besides, I'm still trying to get over your Buckeyes comment.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Ms. Kakos said...

The Buckeyes comment actually was appropriate for three reasons: (1)The post was about Tempe, which, as everyone knows, was where the Bucks were playing (the Fiesta Bowl--we won it); (2) I am currently in Columbus, Ohio, the fiercely loyal land of the Buckeyes; and (3) I wasn't feeling academic enough to read the post for real. But now I'm getting back to work. Don't worry, Karlos!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Karl Fisch said...

It's about time you got back to work. But I'm concerned about your use of "we" in the phrase "we won it." You do realize, of course, that you weren't playing in that game? And I would hazard a guess that you have very little in common with most (not all, just most) of the, ahem, "student-athletes" that were playing for OSU in that fine display of the purpose of a college education. I guess I can make allowances for you since you were in the land of the fiercely brain deficient. Maybe next time you should spend your time off in Ann Arbor . . .

8:03 PM  
Blogger Ms. Kakos said...

I found your comment so fascinating that I forwarded it to a few of OSU's offensive linemen. They're really eager to meet you.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Barbara S. said...

Kristin...so I think the kittens are cute. But, I lived in Ann Arbor for six years so I agree with Karl about spending time in a place more les brain deficient. Just kidding! I look forward to working with you more in the semesters to come!
Best,
Barbara

9:38 PM  
Blogger Barbara S. said...

Kristin...so I think the kittens are cute. But, I lived in Ann Arbor for six years so I agree with Karl about spending time in a place more less brain deficient. Just kidding! I look forward to working with you more in the semesters to come!
Best,
Barbara

9:41 PM  
Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Hmm, I'm not planning on visiting Columbus anytime soon, and I hear there are laws about transporting exotic species across state lines . . .

11:23 AM  
Blogger Davis said...

I don't want to intrude in this funny dialogue, so I will say, "ha ha, ha" and sign off.

8:48 PM  
Blogger DOUGW said...

Hey, if all you teachers want to be in a less brain-deficient place, move out of Tancredoville.

7:55 PM  

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