Lindsi's teaching of Animator had a lot of fun possibilities. The flipbook design is engaging for students of any age. She gave us many great applications for the classroom for each of the apps which she taught. One of my favorites was to use Animator to make flipbooks to illustrate vocabulary. Puppet Pals 2 is geared toward secondary classes and is great for making lessons using the characters in the application. Students could use this app to create a story using their own faces as well. Its great that Puppet Pals 2 also gives teacher lessons in their options page. Lindsi did a wonderful job of showing us the best applications for our grade level.
Kelli taught us how to use Book Creator and the feature I like most about this app is that you can hyperlink pictures to a website. Another great feature is uploading your book to iBook, which is great for a flipped classroom or if you want your students to read a book that you've created on subject content. Book Creator also has many options to upload to, including subtext and exporting a a video. Once your book is exported as a video, you can view and hear the book. The ePub file can also be shared. A great application Kelli taught us was to combine books feature. Students can work on a part of a book, then you can combine all the parts to make one book. Students would have to make their books the same shape (ie. portrait, landscape, square). Teachers could also use a shared Dropbox folder to create a global book on book creator.
Dustin's Gone Google showed how we can make cool reader books with typed text and characters. This is a great way to make a video for an introductory video at the beginning of the school year. Students can also use this to create a discussion to show that they have mastered a science concept. Storyjumper is a fun website where students can easily build a storybook with characters, their own pictures, backgrounds and text which are pre-loaded into the program. With a Storyjumper account, you can view other's books or create your own book. The digital book you create can be printed, digitally downloaded or you can pay for a hard or soft cover book to be created from your digital book and sent to your home. This is a feature unique to Storyjumper which was not a feature on the other apps we learned.
Danae showed us how to use Animoto. I've signed up for a paid account, then I found out today that we get a free upgraded teacher acount. Figures. Animoto is a great application for making professional looking videos from your own pictures and videos. I like the ease of use and the ability to use Animoto either online or on my iPad, however, I was disappointed when I paid for the upgrade and found out that I could only upload 10 seconds of my videos.
Overall, I enjoyed having the rotations and being able to choose the class which I was interested in learning. The breaks walking in between class, even though they were short 3 minute breaks, were a refreshing in between break for my brain!
We also had a session on YouTube and I learned a couple of features that I didn't know about before today's class, however, since I use YouTube extensively for my business, I knew most of what was taught today.
Two elements essential for good storytelling are living in the story and unfolding lessons. The best storyteller creates an emotional connection. Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum suggests having students use digital storytelling to create a project which falls within their curriculum. Three projects which I would like to implement which falls within my curriculum are 1. Students working in a group of 3 create a trailer for a planet in our solar system which would be assigned by the teacher. 2. Students create a comic life which explains one of the following: phases of the moon, seasons, rotation of the Earth. 3. Students can create a stop motion of the life of a microbe, using a real microbe. They can make the microbe out of clay. This would be similar to a microbe documentary, which would need to contain true facts about the microbe in a stop motion action film.
This is one of the topics which I wanted to learn more about in class. I haven't had much exposure to making videos with the exception of making point and shoot videos on my iPad and uploading and monetizing them on YouTube. My learning curve with this class is mostly audio files and learning how to use Garage Band or another audio app.
Stop motion is really fun. I remember my daughter having a stop motion camp when she was about 10 and we still have the video her group made in claymation about a bank robber getting caught and put in jail. Its amazing how easy it is now to make a stopmotion with any one of the three apps we viewed: iStopMotion, Komo Komo are my two favorite. These apps seem to be the most user friendly and have the best options for stop motion film making.
Storyboarding is the most important aspect of making a video or film. I had owned a production and marketing company for a few years. We always made sure we had the story all planned out before shooting. If you don't have the plan ahead of time, your shoot will end up being more costly than originally planned.
Digital storytelling is an exciting medium to show and share a story. They are easy to build and can get your message across with emotion and feeling. Its an easy way to connect to the viewer. With the internet, you can share your story with hundreds, thousands and even millions of viewers.
There are 6 elements of good digital storytelling: 1. living inside the story, 2. unfolding lessons, 3. developing creative tension, 4.economizing the story told, 5. showing not telling, 6. craftsmanship.
Seven steps are necessary in the storytelling process, they are divided into 3 parts: Pre-production, production and Post-production. Pre-production includes the first 3 steps: Step 1 Writing Script, Step 2 Planning Project, Step 3 Organizing your digital folders. Production includes the next two steps: Step 4 Recording voiceover, Step 5 Gather media, create and edit your work, which includes use of copyright uses. Post-production includes the last 2 steps: Step 6 Creating rough cut, first cut and final cut, Step 7 Celebrate with an opening and much applause!