Digital Storytelling Unit

Standards

  • Communication and Collaboration
    • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences usibng a variety of media and formats.
    • Use a variety of computer software demonstrating a mastery of workplace technical skills.
      • Document production in Word Processing, Presentation tools.
    • Evaluation of Process and Product.
  • Research and Information Fluency
    • Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.
  • Digital Citizenship
    • Copyright and Plagiarism
    • Bibliographic Information

Objectives

  • Throughout this lesson you will learn about digital storytelling.
    • You will be able to describe what is digital storytelling and how is it used?
  • You will do this by researching your topic and creating your own digital story
  • You will understand the power of digital tools to help communicate and save important stories in new ways.
    • 2-column notes, first person narrative, PhotoStory3, pictures and music.

Essential Questions

  1. Why do people tell stories?
  2. In what ways can digital storytelling raise consciousness about social, cultural or historical issues?
  3. What can prevent you from being a successful digital storyteller?
  4. What is digital storytelling?
  5. What are the elements of a good story?

Link to our College Ready Vocabulary

Follow the Checklist for Digital Story to complete your Digital Story.

Digital Story Examples

Brainstorming tool: Bubbl.us

Online Stopwatch application

Please remember M.O.V.I.E.S. as you write, making sure to use appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation. Click Accordion Paragraphs if you need a reminder on what they are.

Link to Google Docs

Link to Student Digital Story Exemplars

New cellphone policy:

  • Cell phones are NOT to be out at any time during this class.

    • You need to tell parents and friends not to call or text during this time.
    • If a parent or guardian needs to get in touch with you, especially in an emergency, they are to call the office.
  • This is your FIRST warning.

  • If I see you with a cell phone that is not put away I will call security to have them take it.

    • Even if you quickly put it away I will call security.
  • You will no longer be able to listen to music on your cell phones at any time.

  • If I see ear buds in one or both of your ears, unless they are connected to your desktop computer to watch an approved video, I will assume you have it connected to a cell phone and will call security.

Entrance Exercise - All Digital Stories must be done by TODAY!

May 29, 2014 - Today is the LAST day to finish!
The following people need to finish their Digital Story and turn in rubric when you are done:
  • Zach
  • Jacob
  • Evan
  • Brandon
  • Kayne

Everyone else you may have APPROVED ICE.

May 27 - 28, 2014
The following people need to finish their Digital Story and turn in rubric when you are done:
  • Zach
  • Jacob
  • Evan
  • Brandon
  • Kayne

Everyone else please work on your approved work.

May 19 - 23, 2014
The following people need to finish their Digital Story:
Zach
Jacob
Evan
Brandon
Kayne

Everyone else should be working on their approved final projects.
  • When you are done with your Digital story you have one class period after finishing the digital story to complete the final project paragraph.
  • If you haven't turned in your final project paragraph, please do so!

May 16, 2014 - The Digital Story is DUE TODAY!!! Please finish or talk to me about extending the deadline.
If you are done with the Digital story and turned in your rubric, you may have APPROVED ICE. If you are not done, please continue working on your digital story. You might want to check the Checklist for Digital Story to see what you need to complete next.

When you are done, please follow these steps:
  1. Take a copy of my grading rubric (on the center tables)
  2. Watch your digital story as I will see it.
  3. Grade yourself on the rubric and turn it in to me.
  4. You then have one full class period to write a proposal to me in Word that will detail what you will work on for the rest of the time in class (through May 29th. This will be for a grade and you have to turn something in.
  5. Print your proposal and give it to me.

May 6 - 15, 2014 - CHECK OUT THE TWO NEW STUDENT EXEMPLARS! Click on the link above!!
Please continue working on your digital story. You might want to check the Checklist for Digital Story to see what you need to complete next.

When you are done, please follow these steps:
  1. Take a copy of my grading rubric (on the center tables)
  2. Watch your digital story as I will see it.
  3. Grade yourself on the rubric and turn it in to me.
  4. You then have one full class period to write a proposal to me in Word that will detail what you will work on for the rest of the time in class (through May 29th. This will be for a grade and you have to turn something in.
  5. Print your proposal and give it to me.

May 5, 2014 Cinco De Mayo
Use the Internet to answer the following questions: (You may copy/paste the question into your Do Now Document!)
1. What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?
2. Name two of the important people associated with Cinco De Mayo and what did they do?
3. How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Mexico and in the United States?

May 2, 2014
The following people need to turn in your Narrative Planning Worksheet:
Zach
Jacob/Kayne
Levi/Will
Evan
Brandon
Rebekah/Natalie (See me! Yours is not on your story)

The following people need to continue/finish working on your Cornell Notes:
Zach
Brandon
Jacob/Kayne

Everyone else: APPROVED ICE. If you are not playing the approved games you will be blocked from the Internet.

April 30 - May 1, 2014
Please start working on your digital story.
  • Your narrative planning worksheet is due FRIDAY and needs to be printed and turned in.

April 29, 2014
Write a paragraph about the most interesting information you have found out about your topic so far.

April 28, 2014
In your Do Now document, please write about the websites you have been using for your research. What sites are being most helpful for your research? Why have they been most helpful to you? What sites have not been helpful and why?

April 25, 2014 - Notes will be checked next THURSDAY.
Zach - needs to finish and turn in Inspiration/Bubbl.us AND KWQN and work on NOTES (not your narrative!)
Brandon - needs to turn in Inspiration/Bubbl.us and continue doing research.
Jacob - needs to work on research.
Christiana - needs to work on research.
Everyone else may have APPROVED ICE. NO CELLPHONES OUT!

April 23, 2014
Do you find it helpful to use 2 column notes? Why or why not? When you are done with the Entrance Exercise please continue working on your digital story.

April 18, 2014
Zach - needs to finish and turn in Inspiration/Bubbl.us AND KWQN
Brandon - needs to turn in Inspiration/Bubbl.us
Everyone else may have APPROVED ICE. NO CELLPHONES OUT!

April 14 - 17, 2014
Please continue working on your digital story. You can follow the checklist if you are confused about what to do next.
  • Each individual needs at least 2-3 pages of notes (for pairs) or 4-5 pages for a solo project.
  • Make sure you have details in your notes and the URL for your source.
  • If you need my assistance please ask! :)

April 11, 2014
Approved ICE!

April 10, 2014
Click on the link to the Checklist for Digital Story above the entrance exercise. You can keep track online, copy/paste into a word document (or google doc) or just print it out. These are all the things you need to do and the maximum timelines needed for completion by May 16, 2014. Then please keep working.

April 8, 2014
Open your Do Now document and answer the following in a paragraph:
What was the best part of your spring break and why was it the best part?

March 28, 2014
If you have all the brainstorming projects (Inspiration/Bubbl.us and KWQN) completed, printed and turned in AND you finished the three pages of Frayer Graphic Organizers, printed and turned in you may have APPROVED ICE.
  • Approved ICE are only those games on my list.

March 27, 2014
Continue working on your brainstorming projects (Inspiration/Bubbl.us and KWQN.) Make sure you turn them in with your name(s) on them.

March 26, 2014
In your Do Now document please write a paragraph (or several) about the topic you have picked for your digital story, what interests YOU about the topic, and why?

March 21, 2014
You may have APPROVED ICE today. You may NOT move seats.

March 20, 2014
In your Do Now document please answer the following:
  • In your own words define the terms FACT and OPINION.
  • Write several sentences that are facts and several that are opinion.

March 19, 2014
Continue watching the student digital stories that are found in the Mrs. Count's classes folder on your desktop. You should get an idea of what I want you to do.

March 18, 2014
In your Do Now document, start creating a list of topics you are interested in choosing for your Digital Story. Write the topic and then what interests you about the topic. Remember:
  • Current Event
  • Historical Event
  • Social Issue
  • Other - approved by me!

March 17, 2014 Welcome to 4th quarter and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Go to the Internet. Find the definition of a digital story and write it in your Do Now. Go to this link: Digital Story Examples Scroll down and choose one or more of the stories to watch. What makes it a digital story? What makes it interesting? Write the answers in your Do Now?

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