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Former Senior Technical Producer, Edutopia

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Several people have commented on digital storytelling in another posting, Digital Camera...Inside the Classroom and Out. Visit that page for additional ideas about digital storytelling.
Sharon Krasner (not verified)

I also recommend Bernajean

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I also recommend Bernajean Porter as a source. I heard her speak at the MECC conference in St. Louis and she is wonderful. My summer project is to perfect my digital storytelling skills so I can use it in my middle-school computer lab all next year. We're purchasing digital cameras, video cameras, mikes and headphones. I can't wait!
Elizabeth Ross Hubbell (not verified)

I did a digital storytelling

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I did a digital storytelling project once with 3rd graders. We used iMovie and scanned our digital photos. What made the project managable and successful was pairing them up to help each other with their digital stories. I only had to show each pair how to do something, then they would help each other remember the steps. One person would operate the voice recording (starting & stopping when the reader came to a pause) and they would collaborate on where the images should align with the audio.
Carrie (not verified)

I would like to contact Ms.

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I would like to contact Ms. Benton to further discuss digital storytelling for teachers. I work with the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and conduct regular semianrs for teachers on storytellng in the classroom, using Grammy award winner storyteller and musician, David Holt. I would be interested in combining talents to offer a combination of oral and digital storytelling workshop for teachers. I have spent residence time in school working on storytelling techniques with students to help them with their story writing and telling skills, it seems that the digital component simply furthers the idea and brings it into the 21st century. thanks,
Muriel Wells (not verified)

To Terri Surrency who writes

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To Terri Surrency who writes that she 'would also like for my students to work collaboratively with other 5th grade students in some way. Not sure how yet..open to suggestions'. Terri I facilitated a project for 8 years (3500+ teachers and their students participated) called the Teddy Bear Project. While I finally had to stop facilitating the project the concept is very simple but very worthwhile. A class in one school works with a class at a similar level. They send each other by surface mail a teddy bear or other soft toy. Send along some local inexpensive momentos as well. Then the bear spends time with the children in the environment and writes home a diary about its daily experiences. This can form a digital story and can include photos etc. This allows technology to be used in meaningful ways, provides a real audience for children's writing and for reading as well as learning about life in a different community within or outside your country. Teachers have found this to be an outstanding project that allows for a wide range of interpretations by classroom teachers. If you want more information you can email me on mwells@deakin.edu.au Bye Muriel
Ann Sisko (not verified)

You might want to try

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You might want to try partnering with older kids who already know the ropes. An art teacher at our High School, and I (I'm teaching fourth grade this year) learned about digital storytelling last summer at a workshop presented by Joe Lambert and his colleagues as a part of the Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art. We devised an plan in which her students would learn the process and produce their own digital stories, then work one-on-one with the fourth graders to assist them in producing their stories. We had our first collaborative meeting last Monday. It was a resounding success with both the older and younger students. And they accomplished a tremendous amount in the time they were together! We have two more meetings before the end of school. I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
Former Senior Technical Producer, Edutopia

The UC Berkeley Graduate

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The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the USC Annenberg School for Communication have developed a site for professional journalists interested in multimedia reporting. I've found it offers some very practical suggestions that are relevant for aspiring storytellers of all ages: choosing a story, storyboarding, collecting information and assets, editing, and assembling. Learn from their suggestions and simplify/adapt them for your students. The site also has tutorials on digital still cameras, video cameras, video accessories, shooting tips, editing software, etc. All good stuff!
Wesley Fryer (not verified)

Peggy: At the SITE

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Peggy: At the SITE conference in Orlando this past March, higher education professors and graduate students gathered around the unifying theme of digital storytelling. The blog we created before, during, and after the conference remains online at: I obtained Joe Lambert's permission to share his post-keynote conversation about digital storytelling as a podcast, and it is also available. Joe is the co-founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling, and has a wealth of wisdom as well as ideas/expertise to share about digital storytelling for students of all ages! http://www.speedofcreativity.org/?p=851
Terri Surrency (not verified)

Gosh, thanks for all the

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Gosh, thanks for all the feedback. I am going to look into every suggestion. One problem with my school setting is that we are only 4th and 5th grade. I did take my 5th graders across town to the k-1 school so that they could share some stories they had written. Going now, I am anxious to look into Kilvington, PhotoStory 3, digitals, and Heritage Makers. Thanks!
Donna Yarnal (not verified)

One resource to consider is

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One resource to consider is Heritage Makers. This is an on-line digital publishing option where family stories can be captured and handed down from generation to generation. I would think uses in the classroom would be just as effective.
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