Friday, October 10, 2014

REMIX YOUR DIGITAL STORYTELLING


 In the above Video, a student created a short clip about their feelings about Cyberbullying.  It's a short digital story, that shows some of the feelings that come out when kids are confronted with Cyberbullying.
I work as an Educational Technology specialist, and one lesson I am often asked to help deliver is about Digital Citizenship.  The next time I work with one of these units, I'd like to do a Remix!

Last year, I was at the Beyond Laptops conference, where we did a group remix of our takeaways from the conference.  Just one simple statement of what we got out of it.
 In the above playlist, these are creative examples of what a short clip of a takeaway can turn into.  Simple statements, crowd sourced video, and lots of creativity.

Students often tell stories of what they have heard about bullying online, share examples, and often know some things of what to do.  Why not capture these stories?  Let students CREATE rather than regurgitate. But why not Remix it into student Visual Stories?

With tools like Youtube Capture, iPad Cameras, and the old school pen and paper, students can show their feelings and reflections to show their understanding of an important topic.  Uploaded student videos can be labeled for Creative Commons licensing, so that students can Remix the videos using Youtube Editor to build a class video.

How to start?  Ask some leading questions.  Have the students record short clips.

The techie bits.  In YouTube Capture, upload the Videos.  Have the kids label the clips in the "Tags" area with a common tag, to make it easier to find.  Change the "license", to 'Creative Commons - Attribution' so that others can use it too.  These videos, if you want others to be able to borrow from each other, need to be listed as "Public".

YouTube Editor.  Then the students can remix them using Youtube Editor.  Upload drawings and pictures, if any were created.  Add a new backing song, and voila....

Collect up links for the new clips.  Might be a Google Doc, Form, etc. Create a playlist in Youtube, and have a movie marathon.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Doctopus: your digital photocopier

Break your chains from the photocopier!
Spend your time of more important things!
Maybe even save some trees!

You Need Doctopus!



Goal:  Add Doctopus to your arsenal of digital tools and decrease your workload.
Fishbowl  Times: 8:20  --  10:30  --  12:35  --  2:05

 

What is the plural of octopus? You might be surprised by the answer.