YouTube Link to Digital Story: http://youtu.be/gDbVn4CbqzE
This video helps me demonstrate my competency in ISTE Standard 1 for Teachers because it serves as an example of how I can model creative and innovative thinking. My digital story is also a learning experience that incorporates a digital tool to promote student learning.
The audience for my digital story is primary students since I teach third grade. However, the message is appropriate for all grade levels. The vocabulary I introduce: adversity, perseverance, determination and triumph, fits the target audience because they connect with the digital story’s message. I want my students to understand that despite adversity, they can still achieve success with determination and perseverance. I believe that students need to learn that the obstacles they face should not distract them from their goals. Students easily reach frustration when concepts are difficult, when they face conflict on the playground, or when they face problems outside of school. The video provides images of well-known people that serve as examples of people that are successful today even though they faced challenges throughout their journey. Even when others did not believe in them or when their first attempts were unsuccessful, they still had the determination to persevere.
The process of creating my digital project began with thinking about a message or lesson I wanted to teach my students that revolved around a theme. I wanted to pick something that was applicable to multiple grade levels and that could be used at various times of the year. This video could be used at the beginning of the school year to encourage students to do their best. It could be used as an introduction to a social skills lesson or a goal-setting activity. It could also be used as an example to help students create their own digital stories that include a lesson they can teach to others. I began by brainstorming a list of well-known people that faced adversity. I researched websites to learn more about the obstacles the people faced and their successes. I then created a script beginning with an introduction and a question that connected with the message and would keep the attention of my viewers. I included the vocabulary I wanted to teach my students and descriptions of each person. I left the viewers with a quote by Dr. Seuss to encourage them to always do their best. I found images of each person through CreativeCommons and used iMovie to compile the images and text. The audio is an instrumental version of the inspirational song, “Imagine,” by John Lennon that matches the emotion from the story line. In addition to the song, my voice describes the challenges the people in the video face and the success they had because of their determination.
The challenging part of the project was matching the timing of the images with my voice. I had to add content to my script so I was speaking through the duration of each image. Since I have an older version MAC laptop, I also had to make several attempts to upload the video to YouTube so the file size appeared large enough. I read articles for troubleshooting on YouTube to learn how to go into “Expert Settings” to make sure the settings chosen were the recommended settings. Throughout this project, I learned how to add voice and a soundtrack to iMovie and adjust the volume of the soundtrack so my voice could be heard. An item that changed through the creation of the digital story was the song. I was originally going to use the song, “I Believe I Can Fly,” but without the lyrics it did not have the same emotional impact. I also added information about each person so the viewer would learn more about each person’s accomplishments. Through the digital story articles and YouTube video, I learned that digital stories allow students to research about a topic and present a point of view using technology. I also learned the important elements of a digital story including: point of view, dramatic question, emotional content, voice, soundtrack, economy, and pacing.
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