Some call it “audio blogging” and others call it “digital storytelling.” I have also heard it called “voicethreading” , “picture reading”, or voicelogs.
Her Appleness calls it “Storytelling 2.0”
What is it? Storytelling 2.0, voicethreads, audioblogs, digital stories, etc, is a method where people publish pictures or photographs, create a form of animated slideshow with them, and get to reflect upon them in a narration that goes along with the presentation.
How is Digital Storytelling useful in education? The question is, how is it NOT useful. There are myriads of possibilities.
Digital Storytelling, voicethreads, or audio blogs are a GREAT educational tool that integrates many 21st century skills:
- Performing searches in the computer (ex: for pictures)
- Saving, creating folders for pictures and files
- Writing reflections upon a photograph, or picture
- Reading out their reflections
- Recording the readings on microphone
- Saving the file on the computer, then opening and inserting it again
- Self- evaluating the worth of their work in rubrics prior to publishing
- Publishing and sharing
OUTSTANDING WEBSITES FOR YOU!
This moving tribute to family, traditions and culture is a project by Joe McHugh in which you will find audio logs, pictures, and stories of families going through the good and the bad. Great idea for you to create your own in class!
The BBC-Wales offers several digital stories where musicians, news reporters, community workers, and everyday people narrate their experiences. This helpful for students to understand how a good narrative is produced both orally and in writing.
Far from just a blog, this incredible project portrays the stories of 7 teenegagers. What do they have in common? They are all war refugees from different zones. Think about asking your students to reflect and write a critical analysis on what they saw, then explain their own realities the way it is done on the site.
Bubble share is a photo sharing application similar to FLICKR. and Photobucket, however, it seems to be a bit more filtered for student needs. That way, every picture you ask the students to research will not come back with a “double entendre.”
CALIFORNIA INDIAN STORYTELLERS
Cultural tales of pride, history, ethnicity, and legends in the voices of the area-based Native American groups.
This organization provides workshops, samples, ideas, information, and stes to the process for producing quality and quality digital stories.
This is another site where a specific group shares their experiences. In this case, a group of people who immigrated to the city of Lowell (MA) put their stories together and narrate important moments.
This is a document by the Learning and Leading with Technology journal where you can find highlights and more research-based information on the uses of digital storytelling in the classroom.
This is a program announced in http://www.teachersteachteachers.comwhere, as it implies, students prepare projects and presentations using digital storytelling. The site offers great registration information.
This website shows “the art of digital storytelling” at its best. Projects, information, ideas, and ways to create memorable products with educational purposes.
This is a collaborative digital journal sponsored by the Urban Alternative project which, in turn, is sponsored by The Institute for Educational Transformation, an academic unit of George Mason University
This project calls for YOUR stories and the stories of everyday people who want their voices heard. Quite interesting. I plan to participate.
Stories for Change.net is a website in which you can join the community, share your digital stories, read others, and post comments. I find it as intersting as photosharing.
Orato.com is a great story-sharing community in which you become a “correspondant”, and report your story for millions to read. Great way to publish your talent online!
The Fray – my instant favorite, is “the quarterly of true stories and original art.” It a sort of headquarter for GEEK GEAR, which as the GeekGoddess herself, is what I absolutely go for. Check it out. You will enjoy The Fray.
We all know voicethread, a service that enables you to share your photo stories and narrations, well, your storytelling 2.0 with the world. An account would cost you only5.00, but there is a free version as well.
If you choose to use any of these appplications to study history, family trees, second languages, or language arts, drop me a line and tell me how you modified to your classroom’s own needs.
Hope this helps a bit.