“In the end, folks, we ain’t nothing but a song…a story” Joe Lambert, Centre for Digital Storytelling
What’s your story?
There are 7.4 billion stories in the world. No one story is the same. No one is like you. You are unique. Your life journey, your experiences, your achievements, your challenges are a series of footprints that have brought you to this very moment in time as you read these words.
How can we tell our story?
Storytelling is not a new art. It has been happening since the time of cavemen. In these time stories were told by drawing symbols and pictures on a cave wall. Stories have evolved to more verbal communication. With stories being passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth. The first printing press started in 1440 and so a love of books began. But because most people were illiterate until the 19th Century change was slow. Now we are moving to a more pictographic form of communication with the use of 21st tools.
This change in how we tell our story is a good thing for our brain. After all
But why the change?
The simple reason is technology. Digital natives have been born into an innate “new culture” of the digital world. Technology advancements have meant that an emerging set of cheap tools is now making it easy to create digital video. We live in a time where most popular Youtube videos are watched as many times as any blockbuster movie. Because the most powerful producer of visual imagery is the individual, its you.
What are these devices?
As technology firms continue to compete in the crowded hardware market it means that consumers can get more value for money. Cheaper products are available such as: –
- Digital cameras
- Mobile phones,
- Flip Video cameras,
These products allow for the creation of more digital content. These images, audio, and video recorded on these devices are being fused together to create short movies ( typically with an emotive message).
What are the tools that we use to create and share our story?
There are so many tools out there to use it really depends on the purpose. There are tools that can help merge video snippets, voice, music, still images together so that you can create a finished film or movie.
Video editing and Creation
There are tools that gives opportunities to mess around by creating online 3D pop up books, cartoons to tell a story, and sock puppets.
There are tools that allow for instant sharing of our stories or messages.
How does this effect the classroom?
It depends on the story that you are telling. Therefore choosing the right tools to tell your story is vital.
This week I started the process of digital storytelling in the classroom. I gave the children the opportunity to mess around using bookcreator. I choose this specifically as the children now how to use it. I gave the children a task that in a pair they need to create a story using pictures already on the camera roll. They chose 6 pictures and on each page created audio to tell the story. Their story was complete by exporting as a video.
Then I gave them a blank canvas – create a story (any story ) you want in six boxes ( we were planning in analog to limit distractions.) There was real buzz about the room. everyone was on task excited to get their story down on paper. Here is that process.
Next a mini lesson about searching for Creative Commons pictures using Chrome and citing back to source. Powerful images will bring the story to life. The children are now in the process of turning these into movies (this time using iMovie). Adding music, sound effects and creating images ( using small world equipment- including lego) will mean the children’s stories can be brought to life.
When they are complete I will share a few of them with you. Along with the answers to my story (via video of course!)
This process of creating a story got me thinking about doing more of this. And it really could be adapted to anything. Instruction writing. Science Experiment. Persuasive writing. Field trips. You name it. But…
I want to know your story…
So, I’d love to ask you something, and I’m not asking a rhetorical question. You could write the answers, you could record a Vine, you could make an iMovie, you could send me a SnapChat. The point is there are so many mediums to use to tell your story. But I really want to know…
What is your story?
- Who makes up your family?
- When did a member of your family make you laugh?
- Where do you live?