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iTecs Innovative Ideas

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March 21, 2009

Welcome to the iTecs news blurb, a weekly note of ideas for using technology in instruction and to enhance your professional life. We'll keep it simple and brief, but feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule time to work with us.



Educational Ideas
Professional Ideas
This issue focuses on using digital storytelling for educational and professional purposes. Digital storytelling is a multimedia approach to telling stories. It is a new literacy which blends images, text, first-person narration, and music. Being a digital storyteller gives one an opportunity to author and shape media. This creative process gives powerful representation to one’s voice. Thus, a key question for educators is: In what ways can digital storytelling be utilized in order to unleash the creativity of learners?
In order to create a digital story it is helpful to have the correct software and some ideas and examples about how to get started. This issue covers the essentials for getting started with digital storytelling.
Digital Storytelling Software:
PC users – Photo Story 3 is a user friendly, free tool for creating digital stories. See link: **http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx**

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Mac users – iMovie can also be used create digital stories. See link: http://electronicportfolios.com/handouts/iMovie4DS.pdf
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Examples/Ideas for Digital Storytelling:

http://digitalstory.weebly.com/ - Website which provides directions for creating digital stories using Photo Story 3. Also provides examples of digital stories.
http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/ - An excellent site hosted by the University of Houston which covers the educational uses of digital storytelling.
http://www.storycenter.org/stories/ According to their website, “The Center for Digital Storytelling is an international not-for-profit community arts organization rooted in the craft of personal storytelling. We assist youth and adults around the world in using media tools to share, record, and value stories from their lives, in ways that promote artistic expression, health and well being, and justice.”

Looking for subject specific digital stories?
TeacherTube.com [[http://teachertube.com/ ]] has a wide variety of digital stories, all which can be searched and sorted by subject area.


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Another excellent use for digital storytelling is to enhance your online portfolio or web presence. A digital story about your philosophy of education could be a dynamic centerpiece to any portfolio.
A Step by Step Digital Story:

Background: Remember a digital story is powerful and elegant because it is simple and short. Keep it under three minutes.
Here’s how:
Step 1 – Pick a topic for your story. Keep it simple. Create a folder on your desktop to store images.

Step 2 – Select ten to fifteen images to fit your story topic. Images are created with a digital camera or saved from flickr.com. Download and save all images to your desktop folder.
Step 3 – Begin new project in Photo Story 3. Import images from your folder. Create a storyboard.
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Step 4 – Begin drafting your story. Think about your storyboard. Decide on the purpose and point of view of your digital story. Write an outline or script of what you want to say.=

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Step 5 – Use computer microphone (USB mic) to record the narration of your script.
Step 6 – Score digital story with music. Select music from your library or create music on Photo Story 3.
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Step 7 – Finalize story as a Windows Media Video (.wmv) and share with friends. Congratulations on your digital story creation!
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Digital Storytelling Cookbook


Other Web 2.0 Tools to Make Digital Stories:
http://voicethread.com/
http://www.scrapblog.com/
http://animoto.com/business/education/


Tech Corner - Making the Abstract Explicit

In our latest survey there was a question in regards to aiding students and interns in the cognitive work of translating abstract ideas in explicit, concrete terms. While this is one of the complex challenges of teaching, technology can be helpful in addressing it. For example the use of images and/or video clips to convey abstract concepts and ideas is one way technology can help.

Just by spending a few minutes searching Google images or flickr.com with a few key words and terms, one can begin to find powerful images to convey abstract concepts. Likewise, teachertube.com and unitedstreaming.com provide instructional video content which can be embedded into PowerPoints and segmented out into small, manageable size clips which also help to convey the concrete examples which makes the abstract explicit.

Next week's topic for Tech Corner: Managing Resources



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Innovation with Technology in Education Consultants (iTecs)

We are three graduate assistants at Michigan State University who aid the Teacher Education faculty and instructors in using technology to teach subject matter in pedagogically effective ways in their classes. We are available for meeting with teams or individual instructors or assisting with classes. More information can be found on our iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu.

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Issues will be archived on the iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu/newsletters. Be sure to browse for other ideas there!
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Comments? More ideas? Feedback?
Respond via email or click on the Discussion tab above to add your input to this issue.

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Innovation with Technology in Education Consultants (iTecs)

We are three graduate assistants at Michigan State University who aid the Teacher Education faculty and instructors in using technology to teach subject matter in pedagogically effective ways in their classes. We are available for meeting with teams or individual instructors or assisting with classes. More information can be found on our iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu.

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If you would like to be taken off the iTec Innovative Ideas list, please email us. If you know someone who would like to be added, have them email us at msuitecs@gmail.com and they will receive our next Innovative Ideas.

Issues will be archived on the iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu/newsletters. Be sure to browse for other ideas there!
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