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Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is a versatile methodology that supports teachers to integrate technology into learning and encourages students to address gaps in their understanding, think more deeply about a specific topic, foster active learning and become creative storytellers.
Students are guided in a 5 steps process (Briefing, Writing, Recording, Editing, Sharing) to make their own digital stories, starting from biographies, histories, visit to heritage sites.

Courses: This approach can be applied in a wide range of courses / subjects such as:

  • Science
  • Design and technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • PSHE (personal, social and health education)
  • Citizenship

Participants: we suggest to have one facilitator / teacher for a group of 8 to 10 students

Plan of activities: There are several methods by which to conduct Digital Storytelling activities but generally speaking the DS process follows the path illustrated below:

1) Briefing

Often known as the gathering, where potential storytellers are introduced to the concepts, processes and some examples of DS. This is a chance for storytellers to mix with each other and with their trainers.

2) Writing

Normally the writing process starts with a ‘storytelling circle’. This session is designed to bond storytellers as a group and to tease out of them their innate powers of storytelling. The storytelling circle can be tailored to suit variable time slots between 2 and 4 hours. The ultimate goal is to get scripts drafted and finalised ready for voice recording.

3) Recording

This is the point at which the technical aspects of DS begin. Both the technical quality and the ‘feel’ of the voice recording are vital to the success of a DS. Some skill and judgment is required by the trainer to pick the right room and to settle the storyteller ready for the recording. Included in the ‘recording’ phase is the capturing of images and the gathering of any music track or sound effects.

4) Editing

There are several forms of editing required to produce a DS:

• the recorded voiceover track needs to be gapped and mistakes removed

• photographs need to be edited, especially if they have been scanned

• the edited soundtrack, edited photos and titles are combined to create an edit of the DS.

It is easy to underestimate the amount of work that goes into an edit. It’s predominantly a technical process but the creative aspects are crucial to the production of a successful story. Once the edit is finished, the DS is exported as a completed movie file, for sharing.

5) Sharing

Storytelling is a multidirectional process, so every story should be shared. Three ways to share stories are:

• Burn a DVD and show family and friends

• Put them on a website, like Vimeo or YouTube

• Hold a screening event

Utilities:

  • Computers w/Web access
  • Tools for audio editing (see for example Audacity)
  • Tools for video editing (see for example WeVideo)

Our experience: The School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University is involved in a range of projects which explore the role of storytelling in today’s digital world. Our experience suggests that the role of emotion in the digital storytelling process is central to the promotion of ‘embodiment’, a specific form of knowledge that exists in ‘the telling of stories with emotional meaning’. Furthermore, as we are utilising technologies in what is generally a ‘seven-steps’ narrative process (Lambert, 2010), we are keen to explore the process of transformation from data to information, and then to a form of knowledge which has a specific focus on the ‘sharing’ phase: a moment when students’ voices, especially the voices of ‘quieter students who do not speak up so readily in class’ may be amplified (Lowenthal 2009).   We propose, therefore, that digital storytelling can generate and facilitate a new kind of knowledge, especially when considering the distance between the contemporary learner and the historic object or event. For this, the ability to identify and differentiate between the five dimensions of historical learning (time, characters, representation, location, involvement) are important, and an opportunity to achieve this is presented in practice-based storytelling workshops where we can explore how people distinguish these dimensions differently. For this reason, we are arguing that digital storytelling enables us to share different perspectives, and collectively create a new knowledge. ‘Storytelling’ relates to a form of teaching where narratives and experiences are shared to develop knowledge.  In development, digital storytelling brings a new aspect to this learning through the potential to include media forms in that process. If we consider the centrality of interaction, with the assumption that ‘storytelling’ and ‘story-listening’ have equal ‘status’ in the process, then it’s important to acknowledge that during the digital storytelling process the audience is never passive. Listeners are always involved in a sort of feedback-loop that is part of the digital storytelling approach, resulting in mutual learning between the creator of the story and the spectator.

* Part of this content has been adapted from the “DS guide training manual on EU-enlargement topics” for the final publication of the European funded “DeTales” project (http://www.detales.net/wp/)

Digital Storytelling (Digitaal verhalen vertellen)
Digital Storytelling is een zeer veelzijdige en efficiente methode die leerkrachten kan helpen bij het integreren van technologie in het leerproces. Digital storytelling kan helpen om de leerlingen aan te moedigen en te motiveren om de leemtes in hun kennis aan te spreken, om anders en dieper na te denken over een specifiek onderwerp, of om op een actieve manier te leren en zo creatieve verhalenvertellers te worden.

De leerlingen wordenbegeleid doorheen een 5-stappen proces: Uitleg van de opdracht, Schrijven, Opnames maken, Monteren en assembleren, Delen en publiceren. De opdrachten kunnen te maken hebben met bijvoorbeeld biografie-en, feiten en verhalen uit de geschiedenis of een bezoek aan een erfgoed site.

Digital Storytelling
‘Digital Storytelling’ e’ una metodologia versatile che puo’ aiutare gli insegnanti a integrare le tecnologie nel processo di apprendimento e incoraggia gli studenti a colmare lacune nella loro comprensione, a riflettere maggiormente su un argomento specifico, a rafforzare l’apprendimento attivo e a diventare creativi storyteller.
Gli studenti sono guidati in un processo che viene distinto in 5 fasi (Briefing, Writing, Recording, Editing, Sharing) per creare la propria storia digitale, partendo da biografie, lezioni di storia, visite a siti culturali o musei.

Type
  • Practise
Usage
  • Exploring / research / inquiry
  • Recording / collecting
  • Presenting / reporting
Learning activities
  • Raise attention, intensify perception (raise questions, predict…)
  • Affect, emotional and empathic engagement
  • Enable cognition (observe, analyse, incite activity such as describe etc.)
  • Make a synthesis, interprete
  • Create own (re)presentation, impression
Context
  • Classroom
  • At home
Languages
  • English
Age 6 to 12 years
Keywords
  • Storytelling
  • Video making
  • creative writing
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WeVideo – Cloud-based video creation platform

WeVideo is an easy to use web based platform to create and share videos. It is ideal for digital storytelling workshops and collaborative projects.

There is a free version – we recommend thhis trial version to explore the potential of this tool and to see if this is what you need – and a version with an educational licence. This license allows the teacher to create a virtual classroom where students can collaborate and be supported by the teacher.

The only ‘disadvantage’ of this platform is that it requires a very good and reliable internet connection to avoid troubles during the editing phase.

The annual subscription for the ‘Educational licence’ includes: 1 hr publishing time per user, 10GB per user, 50 user licenses, all the advanced features. This ‘Educational licence’ costs $399 per year.

WeVideo allows students and teachers to work together on the same video project, make changes, provide feedback, and explain their visual thinking during the creation process, while keeping the student’s data private.

Voice and video recording is embedded in the platform and other digital files that have been uploaded can be integrated with the new recordings.

The platform includes two video editing modes: the ‘story-board mode’ and the ‘timeline mode’. Both options are well explained in video tutorials available on the website in order to help the students to choose the best option. Students have the ability to make creative decisions, demonstrating understanding and mastery of concepts. They can start with the simplified Storyboard editor and work up to the more advanced Timeline editor with video tutorials to guide them along the way.

In the free (trial) version, the only option is to share the videos on the WeVideo website. With the ‘Educational licence’ it is possible to download the files and to share those on YouTube or Vimeo without the watermark of the application.

Learn more on how to create videos through tutorials, lessons, tips made by the WeVideo team https://www.wevideo.com/academy. On the same page, you will find more information about all the features that the specific licence of WeVideo for Education offers.

Courses: This tool can be used in a wide range of courses / subjects such as:

  • Science
  • Design and technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • PSHE (personal, social and health education)
  • Citizenship

Plan of activities: WeVideo can be applied in the ‘Recording’, ‘Editing’ and ‘Sharing’ phase of the Digital Storytelling approach.

*This content has been adapted from https://www.wevideo.com/schools

WeVideo – Online video platform
WeVideo is een gebruiksvriendelijke en gemakkleijke online toepassing voor het maken van video’s. Deze toepassing kan gebruikt worden tijdens de stappen ‘opname’ en ‘bewerking’ van het Digital Storytelling proces.
Omdat WeVideo cloud-gebaseerde is, is het mogelijk om met verschillende mensen tegelijk aan hetzelfde project te werken vanop verschillende toestellen: de bestanden (audio, foto’s, video’s …) blijven online (in de cloud) en moeten dus niet op het toestel gedownload worden.
WeVideo – Una piattaforma online per la creazione di video
WeVideo e’ una piattaforma collaborativa per la creazione dei video, che consente il salvataggio e la condivisione dei file online. Suggeriamo di usarla nella fase di ‘recording’ (registrazione) del processo di ‘Digital Storytelling’.
Poiche’ tutto viene salvato online (sul cloud), e’ possibile lavorare sullo stesso progetto da diversi dispositivi o computer senza dover trasferire i file (audio, immagini…) gia’ caricati sulla piattaforma.

Type
  • Tool
Usage
  • Recording / collecting
  • Presenting / reporting
Learning activities
  • Create own (re)presentation, impression
Context
  • Classroom
  • At home
Languages
  • English
Keywords
  • Storytelling
  • Video making
  • Video editing
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Powtoon

Powtoon is an application that permits the creation of animated videos and presentations for many subjects, contexts and users. It’s very simple to use: starting with a pre-made or blank template, it is possible to add texts by shaping a storyboard which can be edited before the publication.

It has a very intuitive and versatile graphic that can be widely used for the realization of educational paths for Primary School pupils, since its animations are very close to children’s tastes and enables them to explain difficult issues in a simple way.

The ease of Powtoon usage permits the realization of animated videos and presentations for every kind of user, on the one hand by teachers and museum operators as an interactive and involving support for didactic paths or guided tours, on the other hand, students can adopt it as a stimulating element for the development of expressive competences during exams. Moreover, it helps reduce the risk of the written contents appearing to be boring or redundant because of its brevity and effectiveness, combined with the presence of audio and other video elements.

Powtoon basic features are available online for free, while you need to pay a fee for the Premium Upgrade which offers more Layouts and Animations. Finally, once video editing has been completed, the user (teacher/museum operator/student) can share the result on Youtube.

Powtoon

 

Powtoon

Crea presentazioni e video in poche semplici mosse con Powtoon! Per qualsiasi scopo o situazione Powtoon permette di realizzare elaborati video alla portata di tutti: basta iniziare con un template vuoto o preimpostato, aggiungervi dei testi per delineare una sequenza narrativa, utilizzare l’editor di modifica e pubblicare il vostro video.

L’app è dotata di una grafica versatile ed intuitiva che ben si addice alla creazione di video destinati ad alunni di scuola primaria e alla presentazione e spiegazione di contenuti. La facilità dell’utilizzo dell’app per la creazione di contenuti, ne consente l’impiego sia per gli insegnanti e le guide museali come supporto interattivo e coinvolgente alla didattica e alle visite museali, sia per gli studenti come stimolo a sviluppare le capacità espressive nella redazione di elaborati. L’accesso a Powtoon è gratuito nelle sue funzionalità di base. Nella versione a pagamento sono presenti un maggior numero di Layout e Animazioni. Al termine della creazione del video, l’utente (insegnante/guida museale/studente) può condividere e rendere disponibile il prodotto su Youtube.

Animate powtoon

 

Powtoon

Powtoon è un’app che permette la presentazione di contenuti attraverso modalità interattive di audio e video. Diffondi le tue conoscenze in poche semplici mosse: crea la tua animazione e usala per arricchire le lezioni in classe o per approfondire una visita al museo; anche i bambini possono usare Powtoon per incrementare l’espressività e la creatività nella redazione di elaborati.

Type
  • Tool
Usage
  • Presenting / reporting
Learning activities
  • Signpost (introduce, set the scene, chapterise…)
  • Make a synthesis, interprete
  • Create own (re)presentation, impression
Context
  • Classroom
  • At home
Languages
  • English
  • Italian
Age 7 to 12+ years
Keywords
  • Video making
  • Storytelling
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