I attended a workshop last year that featured a presentation from a librarian at Ohio State. She showed videos from the Digital Storytelling project and explained how students, faculty, and community members created digital stories. If you have never heard of digital stories, they are short videos (around 3-5 minutes long) that use images, music, and narration to tell a simple story, usually with a lot of emotion.
Ever since I attended this workshop, I have been really interested in digital storytelling and other ways to use video in the classroom. Unfortunately, my interest is far greater than my ability. Luckily, with digital storytelling, you don’t have to be the next Martin Scorsese to create a great video. I think this is why digital storytelling works so well. Anyone can create one, regardless of age or ability. You don’t need an expensive camera or a professional crew. You don’t need expensive video editing software. Give a group of sixth graders a Flip camera, and they can create a digital story.
Wesley Fryer’s recent post on Moving at the Speed of Creativity offers another great suggestion for using video in the classroom. Fryer suggests that video also can be used to create narrated art projects. Narrated art projects include an image and an accompanying narration that explains the work. This could be useful for all ages, from kindergarten all the way through college. Who doesn’t love to talk about their art work? Fryer also has a presentation explaining narrated art in more detail. I’ve included the link below.
I really love how digital storytelling and narrated art projects can be used for most age groups. It even can be applied across the curriculum. With careful planning, each of these projects could be entertaining and educational.
OSU’s Digital Storytelling: http://digitalstory.osu.edu/
Moving at the Speed of Creativity: http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/06/20/visual-notes-and-narrated-art-benefits-of-student-created-videos-on-youtube/
Wesley Fryer’s presentation on narrated art: http://wiki.wesfryer.com/Home/handouts/narrated-art