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There are many free/low cost technology tools out there which you can utilize in your professional life in various ways such organization, learning and better yet teaching more effectively! Among the topics will be covered in this course are:
Exploring technology worthy of use can be time-consuming and intimidating for many teachers. However, this course will feature tools that are easy to master and effective with educators in mind. Also, the course will be updated frequently with new tools based on the feedback from users.
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|Section 1: Teaching and Learning with Video|
|Lecture 1||24 pages|
WHAT IS DIGITAL STORYTELLING?
In essence, Digital storytelling is a process of creating a short movie that combines a script or an original story with various multimedia components, such as images, video, music and a narration, often an author’s own voice.
Digital storytelling combines the art of storytelling with a variety of multimedia components, such as sound, music, digital pictures, video clips and text. Digital stories usually last between two and ten minutes. Topics used can include personal tales, retellings of historical events, teaching/introducing a specific subject to an audience, and various other purposes.
Digital storytelling is an educational technology tool that utilizes skills students are expected to have in the 21st century. Information literacy, visual literacy, being creative and taking risks, and using the latest technology to communicate effectively can all be achieved when students actively participate in the creation process of digital storytelling.
Please check following websites for sample stories:
http://www.distco.org/gallery -Official DISTCO Website
http://www.youtube.com/thedistco - Official YouTube channel for DISTCO
DIGITAL STORYTELLING SOFTWARE
Several software can be used for digital storytelling. In this course, we will cover
PHOTO STORY 3 INTRODUCTION
Photo Story 3 is created by Microsoft.
Photo Story 3 creates two file types:
See Download link under Resources
Photo Story 3: Narrate a story with background music, and finalize your video
MOVIE MAKER 2012 INTRODUCTION
Some of advantages of Movie Maker include:
Some disadvantages are:
Moviemaker creates two file types:
See Download link under Resources
Movie Maker 2012: Titles, Credits, Transitions, Visual Effects, Saving Videos
WeVideo is a cloud based video editing and creation tool. Your files are stored online with Wevideo. Wevideo closely works with Google Drive and Chrome browser. It can be used with Chromebooks and Android phones. Wevideo publishes videos in .mp4 format which is a cross-platform and widely accepted format.
The free version has some limitations such as:
Some advantages include:
WeVideo: Titles, Credits, Advanced Timeline, Audio & Video Tracks, Publishing
Teaching and Learning with Video: Quiz
|Section 2: Working with Google Forms|
Google Forms: How to create forms with Google Forms and Questions Types
Viewing Responses, Adding Pages, Images, Videos & Sending Forms
Google Forms: Quiz
|Section 3: LearnBoost: Class Management and Lesson Plan Software|
Creating Account and Adding ClassPreview
Adding Students to Class Roster inPreview
Creating Seating Chart and Schedule
Setting and Using Gradebook
Taking Attendance and Reporting
Creating Lesson Plans in LearnBoost
To-Do-List and Calendar in LearnBoost
|Section 4: Presentation Tools|
Prezi: Introduction to Prezi Presentation
Prezi: Creating Prezi Presentations and Prezi Interface
Prezi: Working with Text and Images
Prezi: Working with Frames and Paths
Prezi: Drawing Frames, Arrows, and Lines & Adding Symbols, Shapes, and Diagrams
Prezi: Adding YouTube Videos, Background Music & Voice-overs to Prezi
Prezi: Adding PowerPoint and Other Files to Your Prezi
Adding PowerPoint and Other Files to Your Prezi
Prezi: Customizing Themes & Creating Prezis from Templates
|Section 5: Collaboration Tools|
|Section 6: Screencasting|
Creating Screencasts with ScreenR
Creating Screencasts with ScreencastOmatic
Creating Screencasts with SnagIt
I am an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the North American University, Houston, TX. I have been teaching for 6 years in K-12 and 4 years in Higher Education. I have taught various courses in computers, graphic design, video technology and educational technology previously. I am a trainer, instructional designer, and graphic designer.
I coordinate several instructional projects such as Digital Storytelling Contests (DISTCO). My research interests include Digital Storytelling, Tablets/Games in Education and Social Media in Higher Education…