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Digital Storytelling**
 
Course Description
    

Digital Storytelling tools and techniques enable us to tell short stories using electronic media. This seven week workshop will introduce participants to the nature and educational uses of digital stories and will guide them in developing and producing a story of their own. Participants will learn how to plan a story, obtain and incorporate still images and video clips, add voice narration and background music, and enhance their final product with special effects and transitions. Participants will be introduced to a variety of freely obtainable software programs to develop your digital stories.


 Participants must expect to spend a minimum of 45 hours to complete this course.
This course requires average to advanced technology skills.
**Participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher, school counselor or school administrator.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Digital Storytelling tools and techniques enable us to tell short stories using electronic media. This seven week workshop will introduce participants to the nature and educational uses of digital stories and will guide them in developing and producing a story of their own. Participants will learn how to plan a story, obtain and incorporate still images and video clips, add voice narration and background music, and enhance their final product with special effects and transitions. Participants will be introduced to a variety of freely obtainable software programs to develop your digital stories.

 

By the end of this course, participants will understand:

  • demonstrate how digital stories may be used both as teaching tools and learning products
  • plan a story using scripting and storyboarding
  • obtain and select digital images and video clips
  • record narration, obtain and incorporate additional audio material
  • understand copyright regulations and restrictions when using multimedia sources 
  • be aware of the various software programs used as a creation tool for digital stories 
  • combine script and multimedia into a digital story, enhanced with special effects

 

Prerequisites

This is a workshop for all West Virginia educators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and proficiency with email and current web browsers. Access to Microsoft Office, or Movie Maker or Photo Story3 is recommended. This course requires intermediate computer skills.

 

Format And Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

Using Digital Storytelling to Communicate

Session Two
Pulling a Digital Story Together: Scripting and Storyboarding

Session Three

Assembling and Importing Visual Resources

Session Four

Obtaining or Creating Audio Resources

Session Five

Putting Images and Audio Together

Session Six

Completing and Refining the Digital Story

 

During Session One and Session Two, participants will learn what digital storytelling is and how to plan a story using scripting and storyboarding techniques. In Session Three, Four and Five, participants will learn how to obtain digital images and audio files. Finally, in Session Six, participants will create their own digital story.

Assessment

Orientation Quiz: Participants will complete an Orientation Quiz during the Orientation Session. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to score the required 90% proficiency.

Discussion Board Postings: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.  


Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory.

Final Product: Using the Digital Storytelling Planning Template, participants will design and produce a digital story for classroom use, incorporating still images and/or video footage with voice narration and background music which successfully meets the criteria explained in the Digital Storytelling Rubric (acknowledgment to the University of Houston). The Final Project will be uploaded into the course Dropbox as instructed within the session content. 
Note:  If you course project exceeds the limit of the course dropbox, you will need to secure webspace (an online dropbox) and provide the link to your course project.

Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Copyright: Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Certificate Of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Digital Storytelling, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the Final Project Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, Concord University or West Virginia State University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content And Technology Standards

This workshop, Digital Storytelling, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV NxG CSOs for English Language Arts, Social Studies and Mathematics. All other subject area will utilize the WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) for their subject area as they engage in course content.

About This Course

This course was developed by the Delaware Department of Education and modified by the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities. 

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.