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Thanks for the great posts

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Thanks for the great posts and ideas! I just finished reading Jason Ohler's "Digital Storytelling in the Classroom" and found it to be very informative. It gave me a very sound theoretical framework from which to base my DST unit on. He expalins why DST is so powerful. The main reason is that student's writing becomes purposeful and writing is for "an audience of more than one (the teacher.)" Students care and learn about the art of writing because they know their peers, their parents, and others will be reading their work. It also cautions against using DST in the classroom. DST can be like "giving an amplifier to a bad guitarist" if we don't teach the art of writing. The "digital" part of DST is an exciting way to publish and broadcast our work, but not the "work" itself.

I was glad to read M. White's

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I was glad to read M. White's post about "DigiTales". It sounds like a great site and the fact that there are scoring guides there makes it even better!

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I love this idea! I teach Kindergarten and love incorporating technology into my classroom. We have gotten several grants in the last couple years to update our technolgy such as FlipCams, ITouch's , Promethian Boards, etc. We are in pre-planning this week and I am going to talk with the 5th grade teachers to see about arranging something! Thank you for the great idea!

Ben (not verified)

Movie Making with Kids

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I'm a teacher in an after-school program in Philadelphia's Chinatown. Last year I started what I called a "Movie Club", where I and about twenty 3rd + 4th graders made a short movie. I'm getting ready to repeat the process this coming Summer, and would love to hear from people with similar experiences.

Here's the movie that we made last Summer:

- Ben
bencady78@yahoo.com

Anonymous (not verified)

At my school we have used

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At my school we have used this concept at its simplest level. We deal with many students who are unable to read or communicate verbally. In fact most of my students are autistic for are students with autistic tendencies. As a result they have a problem adapting to change. We will use photographs of them and their environment to help them deal with change. For example a student who has trouble getting on the bus. We will make a short story involving him getting on the bus. It will show all the steps that he or she will participate in. These social stories (as we call them) have been very helpful with a wide variety of situations in our school.

Matthew Fisher (not verified)

Peggy, Your readers may be

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Peggy, Your readers may be interested in a call for entries the Delaware Art Museum and Night Kitchen Interactive launched last week: The Art of Storytelling. It calls for storytellers to create 250-500 word stories about selected works of art from the Delaware Art Museum. Selected stories will be read as podcasts by the storytellers for an educational gallery activity and the authors will receive $250 per story selected. Matthew Fisher, President, Night Kitchen Interactive
Susan Love (not verified)

I thought your readers might

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I thought your readers might be interested in my website HeritageCookbook where classes can make group cookbooks with family recipes, pictures and stories. I used to teach grade school and when I set the site up one of my hopes was that it would provide a useful tool for teachers. The students can work collectively as a group within their school or with another school. There is no limit to the number of participants. There is a month's free trial and the book can be printed off on the school's printer from the preview file so the whole project can be done at no cost with a little forward planning. We are at present adding new editing features which will be up at the end of July. If you visit the site and have any suggestions about something that you think would be useful I would love to hear from you. Sincerely, Susan Love
Dave Larson (not verified)

I have also used Photostory

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I have also used Photostory 3 and like it. This year, in our 5th grade class, we made a diary of our week at an outdoor education camp. We took digital pictures and then added some audio commentary by the students. We also added some pictures of the watercolors they did at camp with a campsong they sang as the background music for that. We used Sony Sound Forge ( and a good microphone borrowed from our music teacher) to record the audio. In past years I have used Audacity (which is a free download) to record the audio.
Chris Rinker (not verified)

Jump Right In!!!! That is

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Jump Right In!!!! That is what I have told the teachers that I work with. Don't fear this resource. I just got finished collaborating with a first grade teacher and her 25 first graders on a short vowel digital story. Obviously we did some of the "leg" work for them, but we had them order the photos, create their own narration and music choices, and then walked them through "creating their movies". The kids loved it.
Lowell Bailey (not verified)

Photostory 3 is good, I've

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Photostory 3 is good, I've taken a class on it and it's easy to use. There is also - if you have Windows XP - a program already on your computer which has the same functions and lots of support: Windows Movie Maker. To find it, open the Start menu, then "Programs", then "Accessories" then "Windows Movie Maker" (At least that's where it is found on my computer). It functions in basically the same manner as Storyteller 3. You can also search for it using the search function on your start menu. For my part, I've used both and either program is good. Happy Storytelling!
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