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contents about the author 2 acknowledgements 2 introduction 3 available tools for digital storytelling 10 audacity 15 google maps 24 photo story 36 mixbook 55 voicethread 69 windows movie maker 89 wordle 110 resources 115 digital storytelling resources 115 google earth 115 photostory 115 audacity 115 google maps 115 movie production 117 windows movie maker 117 wordle 117 creative commons media 117 sound music 117 images 118 digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 1

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about the author silvia rosenthal tolisano was born in germany raised in argentina and living in the usa silvia rosenthal tolisano graduated with a degree in spanish international studies and a master s in instructional technology she serves as the instructional technology facilitator at a san jose episcopal day school in jacksonville florida/usa her other areas of interest include digital storytelling multicultural and global education you can find her on many social networking sites such as twitter ning flickr and del.icio.us under the username of langwitches she blogs regularly on her professional blog at http www.langwitches.org/blog acknowledgements thank you to my grandmother ruth herzog for telling stories to me in the evenings about her childhood in east prussia thank you to my mother karin rosenthal who stands behind me when i invent and struggle with my own story and thank you to my daughters marissa who is about to start writing her own life story sabrina who i will never have to worry about if she will be ready to jump in and make any story her own and leah who will amaze us all as she gets ready to present her stories to the world thank you to my friend and colleague paige mcgee for editing so patiently my draft which was sprinkled with german capitalization and punctuation the printing and physical distribution of this guide to digital storytelling tools for educators to the florida council of independent schools fcis members was made possible by a dewitt e vera m hooker fellowship grant from fcis digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 2

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introduction storytelling has been an instrumental part of our school year from · · · · · telling about jose the travel bear s adventurous stories live while traveling in egypt http www.sjeds.com/blog/egypt china http www.sjeds.com/blog/china and latin america http www.sjeds.com/blog/latinamerica outfitting every classroom in our school with their own digital cameras so teachers and students could create a visual of their daily activities or create a visual of a learning concept creating a collective knowledge story across grade level and subject areas demonstrating what students have learned http voicethread.com/share/7626 life `round here project where students assumed the point of view of an object and narrated its perspective http chriscraft.pbwiki.com/san%20jose%20episcopal%20day%20school creating printed books that narrate the daily life in the classroom special visits and fieldtrips and the physical and academic growth of the students throughout the year to professional development in technology for voicethead mixbook photostory audacity moviemaker and wordle digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 3

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the national storytelling network http www.storynet.org defines storytelling as an ancient art form and a valuable form of human expression storytelling is also an ancient form of teaching before books or reading and writing became widely spread and available oral storytelling was the only form wisdom and knowledge of the people were passed down from elders to children nowadays technology has given us a new twist to this ancient teaching method we are incorporating storytelling to paint a picture of our world in order to teach others about our knowledge culture and people once again digital storytelling gives us the ability to reach and disseminate our stories further than ever before in history storytelling no matter in what form or media created in is a powerful tool to transmit knowledge culture perspectives and points of view daniel h pink in his book a whole new mind http www.danpink.com/wnm.html says · · · we are our stories we compress years of experience thought and emotion into a few compact narratives that we convey to others and tell to ourselves that has always been true but personal narrative has become more prevalent and perhaps more urgent in a time of abundance when many of us are freer to seek a deeper understanding of ourselves and our purpose we wanted to capture with our school wide storytelling theme a moment in time a moment in a certain geographical place in our world a moment of perspective that perspective being from a foreigner a distinct age group an outside observer an expert a teacher a learner etc the national storytelling network http www.storynet.org explains that digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 5

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storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener s imagination 1 storytelling is interactive 2 storytelling uses words 3 storytelling uses actions such as vocalization physical movement and/or gesture 4 storytelling presents a story 5 storytelling encourages the active imagination of the listeners all these components together make a great recipe it creates an opportunity that allows students to truly use cross-subject skills and knowledge students can be creators of new stories but also listeners of stories created by others who are unlike them these components can be adjusted and appropriately tuned by the storyteller to the age level and knowledge of the intended audience wherever there is a story told there are listeners exploring new worlds scenarios and developing critical thinking skills to connect them to their world and their own experiences mark turner in his book the literary mind http markturner.org/lm.html states that the literary mind the mind of stories and parables is not peripheral but basic to thought story is the central principle of our experience and knowledge parable the projection of story to give meaning to new encounters is the indispensable tool of everyday reason literary thought makes everyday thought possible this book makes the revolutionary claim that the basic issue for cognitive science is the nature of literary thinking storytelling is a useful teaching tool not only for language arts but science as well mark turner continues explaining that digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 6

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a story is a basic principle of mind most of our experience our knowledge and our thinking is organized as stories the mental scope of story is magnified by projection one story helps us make sense of another the projection of one story onto another is parable a basic cognitive principle that shows up everywhere from simple actions like telling time to complex literary creations new technology tools allow us to connect communicate and collaborate easily with others around the world stories are all about these three c s and lend themselves naturally to create a bridge between teaching and integrating technology digital storytelling is a tool that can support teaching and learning in any subject area 1 we connect on an emotional level with people and events in stories and we connect them to experiences in our own lives 2 stories let us communicate our perspective and perception digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 7

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3 stories are usually a collaborative effort of stories characters their actions and points of view stories that have been passed down through generations allow voices from the past to be intermingled with voices from the present remixing and re-makes of stories add new twists allow new perspectives and shed new light storylines digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 8

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through adobe s digital kids club you can read about the following baker s dozen digital storytelling skills written by bernajean porter in her book digitales the art of telling digital stories below are brief definition excerpts from chapter 4 storying around for 21st century skills of digitales the art of telling digital stories the following skills have been identified and cross-referenced with national standards nets-s and 21st century skills 1 cognitive apprenticeship practicing real-world work of digital communication 2 creativity and inventive thinking creating multi-sensory experiences for others 3 higher order thinking skills hots going beyond existing information to add personal meaning and understanding 4 enduring understanding by telling the story of what you know and understand for others authors deepen their own self-meaning of the topic 5 visual literacy using images to show not tell the narrative story 6 technical literacy mastering the craftsmanship of applying the technology tools to create powerful communication not to just use the tools but to mix and dance the media into illuminated understandings 7 information media literacy thinking reading writing and designing effective media information 8 effective communication reading and writing information beyond words 9 multiple intelligences and learning styles addressing not only the opportunity for students to use their preferred mode of learning and thinking but also enabling them to practice the effective use of all modalities 10 teaming and collaboration growing skills through practiced opportunities to co-produce group projects 11 project management mentality melvin levin s challenge for students to practice time management of complex involved tasks to successfully meet deadlines modeling real-world tasks 12 exploring affinity melvin levin s findings that when students create meaningful engaged work they discover themselves as successful learners digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 9

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available tools for digital storytelling you just read about storytelling as an ancient art form of teaching and why we should adapt and integrate this technique to support 21st century learning skills in this chapter we will focus on available tools and how to choose the right one for a project the criteria for picking these tools were simple the tools had to be free for educators to use since my school has all pc machines two of the tools photostory and moviemaker are windows based only but they do have a mac equivalent imovie to achieve the same effect all other tools are cross platform the tools discussed in this guide are by all means not the only ones available every day new sites programs and new ideas are popping up on the web many of them seem to bring something new and exciting to the table for enhancing and simplifying our digital storytelling opportunities and capabilities the goal of this guide is for you to gain an insight into the process of using the presented tools and then apply that knowledge when using a new tool as discussed in the introduction storytelling no matter in what form and created in whatever media is a powerful tool to transmit knowledge culture perspectives and points of view as an educator a transmitter and catalyst of knowledge you can choose to tell your own story to/for your students or you can allow them to tell their stories in order to make sense of and connect to the world around them i would suggest starting out with creating your own story since it will give you an opportunity to experience the process before guiding your students this guide will not go into the writing process that is involved in creating a well thought out and memorable story i will focus on the technology tools that can help bring the story to life the process of writing storyboarding and/or scripting is nevertheless an integral and important part in the storytelling process digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 10

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the next questions usually are · · · · where do i go from here how do i get started what media text audio images video do i or my students need to tell the story how do i digitize analog media non digital photos my voice documents etc how do i prepare my students to create content for the story the following visual will help you understand the logistical process of choosing the right media and consequently the appropriate program/tool to create a digital story you can also use this visual in reverse order if you are set on using a digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 11

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particular tool it will help you choose the media that you will need in order to use it digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 12

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the tools mentioned for videos and images of course can use audio as well in order to communicate the story google maps allows you to embed already created videos and images it does not allow you to create or edit them overall just keep in mind that each tool adheres to a similar process of import edit export digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 14

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audacity nothing personalizes a story better than the voice of the author nothing allows someone better to let their own imagination run wild than an oral story or audiobook there are no pre-set images of how someone else envisioned the story that taint your perception how many times have you seen a movie after reading a book and thought that is not how i imagined it it takes special speaking and listening skills to create and understand stories that are only told without or with minimal visual clues the world of podcasting has re-introduced listening to audio content the spreading of ipods and other mp3 players even among elementary school students has made the distribution of audio content easier and its popularity is soaring creating your own audio stories with and for your student is easy with the free audio editor and recorder called audacity you can download the program at http audacity.sourceforge.net in order to record audio you will need to have a microphone attached to your computer once downloaded click on start and all programs and choose audacity you will see the main screen of audacity make yourself familiar with the toolbars by clicking on buttons and see what happens digital storytelling tools for educators by silvia rosenthal tolisano licensed under creative commons 15

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