I am currently seeking work as either a Media Specialist or ESE teacher. An ideal position would combine both. Will I work in an elementary school? Middle school? High school? As a Media Specialist, I would collaborate with classroom teachers and have students create digital storytelling projects related to the curriculum. For example, an EnglishLiterature class could create projects based on a book unit, a Chemistry class could create projects on elements of the Periodic Table, and an elementary school class could create travel guides for their state projects.
First, I would have to introduce digital storytelling. I would do this by having students create an “About Me” project. For the sake of this particular assignment, I am focusing this digital storytelling project on collaboration between a Media Specialist/Technology teacher and an ESE Language Arts teacher in a middle school setting.
Grades 6-8/ Media/Technology and ESE/Language Arts
Create a digital biography. If someone discovered this project 100 years in the future, what would you want them to know about you? Suggested topics to include: family members; friends; your favorite color, sport, song, food, book, movie, TV show, hobby, game, vacation, school subject; memorable anecdote; family story; information about a topic you are passionate about.
NGSSS: Reading/Language Arts, Strand: Information and Media Literacy
“The student develops and demonstrates an understanding of media literacy as a life skill that is integral to informed decision making.” (LA.6.6.3, LA.7.6.3, LA.8.6.3)
“The student develops the essential technology skills for using and understanding conventional and current tools, materials and processes.” (LA.6.6.4, LA.7.6.4, LA.8.6.4)
Because I am focusing on ESE students, I would look at Related Access Points (Independent, Supportive, Participatory).
Process of creating digital stories
Digital stories should be approximately three minutes, based on platform capabilities and time. The process of creating a digital story could take sixteen hours or six months to complete.
- Determine purpose and audience
- Brainstorm and organize ideas
- Construct storyboard
- Acquire and edit images
- Write at least one sentence describing each image
- Record a verbal description of each image
- Add royalty-free music
- Add animation, transitions, sound effects, and special effects (optional)
- Export project
- Save finished product in electronic portfolio
I would have to experiment with the various audio, image, and video-editing software available. I would have to take into consideration cost, features, difficulty, and skill levels of my students. Of course, if my school already has a version of one of these software programs, all the better. No need to reinvent the wheel or spend unnecessary funds.
Visual Mapping Software
Windows Movie Maker
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Microsoft Photo Story 3
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