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Digital Storytelling in the World Language Classroom. Heidi Wheeler Johns Hopkins University hwheeler@jhu.edu. Session Goals. To Learn what digital storytelling is how teachers can quickly and effectively create digital learning assignments - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Digital Storytelling in the World Language Classroom

Digital Storytelling in the World Language ClassroomHeidi WheelerJohns Hopkins Universityhwheeler@jhu.edu

Image source: http://www.kstoolkit.org/Storytelling 1Session GoalsTo Learnwhat digital storytelling ishow teachers can quickly and effectively create digital learning assignmentsHow students benefit from creating digital stories

To BrainstormOn assignments in your curriculum that could be augmented by digital storytelling

What is digital storytelling?Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. Tell your story now digitally.- Leslie Rule,Center for Digital Storytelling

3The 7 Elements of DS1. Point of ViewWhat is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?2. A Dramatic QuestionA key question that keeps the viewer's attention and will be answered by the end of the story.3. Emotional ContentSerious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the story to the audience.4. The Gift of Your VoiceA way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.5. The Power of the SoundtrackMusic or other sounds that support and embellish the storyline.6. EconomyUsing just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.7. PacingThe rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.From: http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/7elements.html4My Priorities for Language StudentsWell-written story or essayProject fits with my curriculumOpportunity for feedback and correctionMotivation for the projectIndividual creation, but with clear limitsOpportunity to share and experience audience feedbackA Good Assignment makes a Good DSFairy TaleDescription of a Work of ArtOrtsbeschreibung

Watch the videos and think about what you like and what you would change

video 1video 2video 3

Show videos6Most Important Part of Digital StorytellingIs the sharing:

Plan an event outside of class. Invite others friends, parents, teachers, administrators

Serve food

Enjoy watching your students receive well-deserved praise from their peers.BrainstormingWhat excellent writing assignment do you already use in your curriculum that can be augmented by movie-making software.

Or what would be a good project for students at your level of instruction. Think about: age, themes, outside interests of the students, etc.Wrap up some missteps that I have madeNot allowing them to use text, as well as voice and musicMore time for student feedback (story-circle activity)More attention to the quality of their audio (volume, for example)Include a more personal story as an option for them (such as the Ortsbeschreibung)Thank youFurther Questions? Please contact me:

Heidi Wheelerhwheeler@jhu.edu