Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Art of Storytelling using Digital Storytelling

 Everybody has a story to tell and video is a great way to communicate it. Second grade students are experiencing the art of creating and sharing their story of the top five things they did over winter break. We’re using a web based app called WeVideo.  It’s an app that’s easy to use, and best of all it’s free!

Digital Storytelling allows students to combine the art of telling stories using images, audio, and video.   First students were shown how to select images ethically.  Anyone can browse the internet, but choosing images that have a license that allows for copying or redistributing is really important.

After uploading the images, students wrote captions for each of the images. Then it was time to add audio.  WeVideo allows for the recording of an authentic voice, or choosing from a library of free music and sound effects that can help enhance the personality of a story. Finally students published their stories. WeVideo is really neat in that it allows the videos to be published on YouTube, Vimeo, and/or Dropbox.

Now parents, grandparents, family and friends near and far can be the authentic audience that experiences the published projects. Students enjoy being storytellers because it puts a voice to their writing and learning. Gone are the days of dropping off film at the drug store and waiting for the pictures to be printed. It’s a great family activity to take those stored photos on your cell phone or computer and turn them into a digital story.

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