Artifact Introduction: During our sixth week in multimedia class, we were to explore the world of Digital Storytelling. Initially, we learned about and analyzed elements that make for a good digital story. Then we reviewed various digital stories to familiarize ourselves with this new tool. We were to use all of the information we learned about Digital Stories and apply the Personalization Principle along with all of the other Multimedia Principles to create a Digital Story of our own. I decided to create a Digital Story to introduce a unit on poetry that I do with my fourth-grade students. In this unit, my students write a bilingual poem detailing who they are because of where they are from. Adding the element of creating a Digital Story as the final publishing of their writing, will motivate my students by giving them a medium to share their hard work.
Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection: To create this Digital Story I used Windows Movie Maker and Audacity. It was helpful to have the visuals and audio on two separate programs and then merge them together on Movie Maker. While writing the script for my story I kept in mind what I want my students to convey in their poem. I want them to really focus on setting a tone for their poem and providing sufficient information to allow their audience to really connect and understand who they are. Clark and Mayer (2011), state that the Personalization Principle helps the listener understand and identify with the material presented because of the less formal language. This is because, less formal language reduces the cognitive load for the listener and thus increases engagement. Therefore, I chose my wording and images carefully but made them both simple enough to connect with my students as the personalization principle reminds us to do. When choosing images I wanted them to help communicate the ideas that were being expressed and help the students (including those with limited Spanish vocabulary) really understand the poem. I learned so much about creating stories during this project and it is a tool that I will definitely use to help my students engage with the lesson and share their own work.
- AECT Standard 1.2 Using: For this digital story creation I had to use Audacity & Windows Movie Maker (& all of the effects they offer) to create a digital story that enhances my abilities and ideas as an educator.
- AECT Standard 3.1 Creating: I created a digital story for my students which facilitated the employment of the personalization and many other multimedia principles.
- AECT Standard 3.2 Using: While creating this digital story I had to keep the narration and principles of multimedia in mind. In this way I ensured my presentation was effective by making sure that I was speaking clearly and slowly and that images helped enhance the story.
Artifact: Narration & Photo Credits available here: Digital Story Narration