Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Telling a story, visually

In the technology class I am taking, we were asked to compose a digital story.  A digital story is a story told through a movie, using a variety of media such as photographs, video clips, text, sound, and narration.

I decided to tell my story about birds.  I am an avid bird-watcher, and nothing is more relaxing to me than walking through the woods or meadow, binoculars and camera around my neck, looking and listening for different species of birds.  I've been watching birds seriously for a few years, and I continue to marvel at their beauty and resiliency.  My story shows some of the different species of birds I've seen over the last few years, and talks about how my love of bird-watching developed.


Here is my completed digital story.


To compose my digital story, I used iMovie.  Before this project, I'd used iMovie a few times, but generally for very simple projects, like end-of-year slide shows.  This project was a bit more difficult. However, after finishing, I feel much more confident, and I am looking forward to using it again soon.  The most difficult part was timing the photos with the sounds.

The ability to communicate through a variety of means (not just written word) is a worthwhile skill.  With the advent of YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and other forms of social media, visual literacy is becoming more and more important.  Also, I think digital stories are an excellent way to allow students to express themselves in a universal format...regardless of language abilities, most people can interpret and make sense of images.  Digital stories can be excellent tools to encourage global connectedness.

I showed my students my completed work, and they were impressed that a teacher knew how to make a movie!  I enjoyed composing the project so much, I am going to have my students make a digital story using iMovie.  A few of my students have experience using iMovie, and have agreed to teach the class how to use it.  I have not decided what type of project they will make, but we are all excited about the idea.



4 comments:

  1. Yes, the timing and narration are two of the factors that can cause a 2 minute video to be 5 hours of work! iMovie makes it so much easier these days and students are fearless when it comes to attempting to create via this forum. I bet it was a treat to let your kids watch your movie!

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  2. I loved the simplicity and calm of your digital story, Karrin. I think it is important for the children to see models of calm and quiet, as they are bombarded with stimulation in their busy lives!

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  3. I loved the simplicity and calm of your digital story, Karrin. I think it is important for the children to see models of calm and quiet, as they are bombarded with stimulation in their busy lives!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs with us. Your movie was beautiful and I am always amazed at your work. Now I know why my first graders love to watch our birds out our windows.

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