Digital Storytelling

Hey, I didn’t realize I was a digital story teller!

The past two weeks in #ETMOOC the focus has been digital storytelling.  Soon after starting this topic I realized that I have done a little more digital storytelling that I had at first realized.  Here are a few examples:

A successful and an unsuccessful attempt

During the past two weeks I didn’t make as many digital stories as I had hoped.  I had an idea that I wanted to try out with Popcorn Maker involving making a Pop Up Video for the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (I was inspired by this video where the lyrics to the song were put through all of the languages in Google Translate).  To make a long story short, I didn’t end up creating the video (I encountered browser issues and couldn’t find a good quality video that Popcorn Maker would allow me to use.)  I do definitely want to have another go at using Popcorn Maker though–I think it has a lot of potential.
I did try out the #etmooc 5 Card Flickr.  I really like this activity and would like to try it out with students.  At the end of this post is one of my attempts called ‘Bad News’.

“Digital is not the difficult part in digital storytelling. Storytelling is.”

The above quotes comes from one of the readings for this part of the #ETMOOC course; Digital storytelling: How to Tell a story that stands out in the digital age by Jasper Visser.  I think this is where my focus needs to shift, away from the digital and towards the art of storytelling.

The Wrap Up

Do you use digital storytelling, either just yourself or with students?  If so, what lessons have you learned?  What makes a good digital story?  What have you found to be successful in getting students to create good digital stories?
And now for my Five Card Flickr Story:

Five Card Story: Bad News

a #etmooc story created by @clthompson

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

It may look like I’m just hanging out, but really I’m fretting about picking a time to give my husband the bad news. You see I was out driving the pink ’6T’ Camaro today. I was stopped on the Parkway at Green Mountain Road when Marge pulled up beside me in her ’65 fastback. She looked at me, I looked at her and then the light went green. Well I floored it and so did she! Unfortunately a group of kayakers were jaywalking and I had to swerve to avoid them. Really, if you’re walking around carrying kayaks over your head you ought to be a little more careful! Anyway, I’m hoping the double Ceasar I’ve got ready and waiting for hubby will soften the blow of hearing that I’ve totalled his baby.

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