Digital Storytelling — a powerful method to present knowledge by combining still pictures and carefully researched topics — a la Ken Burns. After weeks of researching, taking notes and writing a storyboard about their own individual topics about Ancient China, student were sent home with memory sticks to collect digital pictures. Last Thursday, students learned the basics of iMovie, imported their pictures into iMovie and sequenced them on the timeline.
Friday featured transitions, including the Ken Burns effect. Today, it was into the “recording studio” to narrate their movies. Ms. Howard and one of my alums, who has done this project, took the majority of the class into the auditorium and practice rooms, while I stayed behind in the classroom with four students. The students worked very diligently, analyzing each narration clip to determine if it was clear for the audience.
During this process, one of the students turned to me and said, “you know this is kind of like learning. While I am waiting to narrate my piece, I am listening to my classmates talk about their subjects and I am learning a lot.”
We look forward to sharing the finished products with you in the near future!