NMSA2010: Digital Storytelling in the Science and Math Classroom

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS
Presenter: Eric Biederbeck

Digital storytelling is telling a story using audio, pictures, video…a “story” is anything we’re telling other people.

Digital storytelling has frequently happened in the LA and SS classrooms…not a lot of examples in the math and science classroom…How can I get that into my classroom?

Why?

Reaches out to learners with different modalities…visual learners, those who need to be
working not listening/watching/reading

Useful as a way to show information about vocabulary around the school

Get kids moving, take photos then put together a digital story about what they find

Using tools to show deeper understanding of a concept…

Posting digital stories only helps students know that they are part of a larger global
community. Gives them a reason to do the work well…

Free Tools! Educators have access to free tools that are frequently protected so they
are out of the public purview…

Don’t just toss in digital storytelling because it’s “cool”…should tie into the standards
being addressed…how does it tie into understanding…

KUD – know, understand and do…know what it is, free resources for creating them, be
able to use them in your classroom…

Be explicit with the kids about what you want them to do early on…Storyboarding…kids
don’t understand having a rough draft when something is online…

Keep digital stories short…Image based…keeps attention

Animoto, Glogster, Google Docs…pros and cons of each…play with them yourself, or
have kids play with them and determine which tool is best for each project

Animoto – free for educators
Does not allow for lots of text…just a short burst of text…great for vocabulary in math
and science…

Discussed use of audio to match with the images

Finding Fractions around school
Rainforest vocabulary
If the world were a 100 person village…percentages

Teachers can also make Animoto videos to share with parents what is going on in class

Glogster – online posters with audio, video, photos and text
free teacher accounts…through the weekend can get 100 student accounts…after
Monday only 50 for free

NETWORK IN THE ROOM IS PAINFULLY SLOW ON GLOGSTER…THIS COULD BE

A STRUGGLE IN DISTRICTS AS WELL IF MULTIPLE STUDENTS ARE ON AT ONE
TIME

Google Docs – apps for education allows students to create collaboratively on
spreadsheets , presentations, and documents

QUESTION ABOUT MUSIC IN ANIMOTO…MUSIC IS LICENSED THROUGH THE
SITE…

Also discussing searching for images from Flickr so they are reusable

NICE JOB…FULL SESSION…LOTS OF LEARNING GOING ON

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One Response

  1. This is great info.What information gathering without attending the conference. More students will be reached because of someones ingenuity , FANTASTIC keep it coming.
    Thank you to all the contributors !!

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