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Jan/Feb 2011 - Because Digital Writing Matters Online Book Study
Reflections on the NWPM 2010 Annual Meeting
NWPM August 2010 Retreat
Are you an NWPM TC?
Please join our
NWPM Digital Storytelling
Tuesday, Session 3: 1:00 - 2:30
Room 131 (Lab)
Heather Hollands, UPWP
Amy Laitinen, UPWP
Amber White, SBWP
Amy & Heather in Action
Opening conversation on our various backgrounds with Digital Storytelling.
What is Digital Storytelling?
Driving question to think about during our time together.
How is this definition evolving?
Push for collaborative storytelling
what mediums can be used?
Heather and Amy's blog:
They have a link for their digital stories and will be blogging about digital literacy.
Digital Storytelling Center
Digital Storytelling Resources
RCWP Digital Storytelling Page
CRWP Digital Storytelling Page
Revision idea: Have students bring their digital stories up on the computers in the lab/class. Do a gallery walk, having them view each other's stories and give feedback with post-it notes on the computers.
Troy's suggestion: Students can put their draft of a digital story on voice thread. Their peers can post feedback there.
Have the Summer Institute TCs create digital stories as part of their experience. They will want to take it back to the classroom!
Have students start small: a 60 second video, or use just 5 pictures, or read a poem and add the visual elements. See examples at
Have students create the worst story or presentation ever. They have fun and it gives them all a sense of what not to do.
Troy: on Viddler, you can add annotations exactly where you want them on the story to give feedback.
What is your Writing Project site doing with digital storytelling?
You could do daily logs and include digital stories to capture that.
UPWP held a Family Literacy Night at a local elementary school -- have stations set up where students can make a 5-screen digital story with Where I'm From poems. Their families can have a DVD to take home.
Amber: Get out and take a risk. You're not going to break anything. Don't be afraid to play!
SBWP is hosting a Digital Storytelling Workshop.
SBWP Digital Storytelling Workshop.pdf
Notes from session:
Narrated, storyboard, audio and visual elements, citations
Kids can collaborate, has morphed into something new
Kids were reluctant to put their voice into it.
Troy’s wife, Sarah, was tech person UP and helped them
The things they carried – mentor text Tim O’Brien
Amy uses her own story – husband in Iraq, dad in Vietnam, Penelope and Odysseus!
Talking too fast, using too many pictures, flashing photos too fast,
Moviemaker, livemovie, photostory3,
What software do you need?
What equipment do you need?
Windows – movie maker is free on there
Digital storytelling with career unit
Coaching kids – who is your audience? Take out pieces that are irrelevant.
Creating a timeline for when different parts would be done – but then was able to
Caveat – when students work together their voices may not meld together!
Showcasing what we do at our site/school
Use a digital story to share our PLC process
Write on! Button with pencil
I am a STAR – holocaust picture book
…I never saw another butterfly…
Excellence in education grant
Inge – holocaust survivor
The teacher, the writer, and the person – can use this skill for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
The Beckie Project
Power of visual literacy – public service announcements
Why are people captivated by this?
It is our professional responsibility to learn
Showed a lot of digital media to get them hooked
Learn best when uncomfortable
Learn together – we’re here for one another
Larry Levy, author of
Hooked on K-12
Choose a writing piece you have – collect images and photos to go with
Start small – 60 second video. 5 photos
Change “language arts” to “literacy” teacher
Take a poem you like and add words, music, images
Where I’m from poem – use images with that poem
Photos make easy to tell the story for some. Sometimes you may need to start with the writing.
May not need to teach the kids the tools – it is inherent – may just need to teach the content or process
use with how tos
Um how do I write a grant for this?
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"