Wow, I found this in the draft holding area; I wrote it just after the conference last year with some summarizing thoughts, but it was never published. Although I was ill and not able to be there, I asked for feedback from people in my district. Here it is…
I have kicked the nasty pneumonia that kept me from attending the MACUL Conference this year. Thanks for all the get well wishes that so many of you sent during the conference. Since I was not able to attend, I’ve been hounding everyone in my district who attended to share their experiences with me. The feedback from people in my district who did attend was overly positive as you will see by their comments below.
The first person I bumped into told me that the MACUL Conference was the best conference she has ever attended. She told me that the Alan November keynote was the perfect start to a fantastic conference. Last weekend, she spent some time exploring some of the new tools she was introduced to at the conference and shared a video she made with GoAnimate (a very cute invitation to her son’s birthday party).
Many people in my district were only able to attend the pre-conference. They appreciated the in-depth hands on approach. Several were wowed by Jason Ohler’s digital storytelling session. One teacher stated “I was impressed with his focus on story over glitz. His framework offers a boost to teachers who believe they do not have the time, money or skills needed to encourage students to create stories of their own.” Someone else said “His story mapping models are a great way to help kids organize ideas into something with meaning.” Teachers from one of our middle schools have already scheduled a digital storytelling workshop to offer teachers at their building. Another teacher has plans to transform a poetry unit into a poetry digital storytelling unit.Several people were introduced to Google Docs. “I think that GoogleDocs has lots of possibilities for the classroom. Its ability to have users revise the same document in real time is incredible. Peer editing will be so much fun!”
Steve Dembo had tons of cool things to share. His energy and knowledge are inspiring. The most important thing I came away with from his presentations is a better idea of how fast the tool kit is growing and the idea that the educational applications of the new web need to be developed and then shared with others.”
One teacher used a clever metaphor. She said, “I learned about many web 2.0 tools which I liken to snorkeling: I have seen the surface of the web, but there is so much more underwater.” My advice is to pick one and give it a try; soon you’ll be swimming for more!
I haven’t heard Joe speak before…he’s back in Michigan having grown up in Saugatuck.
Handouts are online http://denblogs.com/digital_storytelling
Couple of resources…also linked off his DEN blog.
The first thing that Joe is showing is a clip featuring Sean Astin. It highlights AFI Screen Education, a program that encourages using video to create movies. These are the key terms, sound familiar? It what teachers want.
- [Script] Writing
Joe is highlighting The 21st Century Educator’s Handbook.
Why should students create movies?
To help all student have a deeper understanding of course content. It’s important for teachers to understand that they do not have to understand film theory etc. to make a good movie. It’s just like writing an essay. Start with the Introduction, move to the Body, and finish with the conclusion. Or, as Joe put it, “Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em, tell ‘em. tell ‘em what you told ‘em.”
What kind of videos can you create?
- PSAs…Public Service Announcements
- “Olds”…History told from a news perspective
- Reenactment of historical events
- Retelling a peice of literature…like Romeo and Juliet.
- Movie Trailers
Joe is highlighting a lot of visual aspects of the movie examples, easy techniques for conveying emotion as well as information.
Check out FOX Hilites. Student shot highlights.
If you’re a teacher, then Joe’s resources are very valuable. He has a lot of experiences working with students.