Digital Stories Tech Camp July 12 - 15, 2010

Aram Kabodian and Heather Lewis

Day 1

A. Introduce ourselves (AS TEACHERS!) and students introduce themselves Both of us.- AK and HL share their movies on Teacher Tube!

•Survey on writing and computers

Discuss answers
  • What we we like about writing
Being creative. Use Imagination. Making something real. Showing our work. Reading stories with others aloud.
  • What we don't like about writing
Writer's Block. Sometimes hard to come up with ideas. Brain can go faster than the pencil.
  • What we like about using computers
Trying new things. Access to a variety of things/world. They are fast! Being able to write/compose on the computer. Doing PowerPoint for projects.
  • What we don't like about using computers
Old computers go slow. Type for a long time you get typing cramp. Computer viruses. Errors, like saving but not really disappears. Auto-correct in spelling.
  • How often do you write of your own choosing?
Daily? 3 Weekly? 3 Monthly? 5 Other? 2 We write random things on the computer. Poems. Novels. Print recipes.
  • Why do you write when you choose to write on your own?
Write about things to get out of your mind. Gets the creative juices flowing. Get an idea for a story.

B. Teachers will introduce classroom expectations:
  • Respect others, self, and all equipment.
  • Keep an open mind- Be patient!
  • Be willing to help those around you and be willing to ask for help.
    • pass on a few tips for using mac computers
Every morning we will open with an agenda for the day, posted on this Wiki. We will also have a small writing prompt to get our creative juices flowing and practice our writing!
Writing Prompt:

2. Introduction of DS (10:00-10:30):

• Examples of digital stories from past years:

What do you foresee being difficult as you create your own digital story?

Explore student's ideas for their DS. Possible themes: growth/change; current topics (global warming, sports like the World Cup, natural disaster); personal topics (birthday gift/tribute to friend, vacation memories)...informational vs. personal/artistic
BRAINSTORM!!! Write on your Word Document. Think about the various ideas you could create a story on. Make a list or free-write. Share time.


Continuing DS introduction (10:45 - 11:30)
a. After you have an idea for your digital story, you write out the story or narrative (which we will come back to).
b. Then, gather materials: Photo, sound, script
Intro with the DAA site that gives an ex of the process of finding and saving images. Also visit Storyboarding and watch that video clip too.
(how do you save an image and save the reference information?
Include a folder for photos and text )
save to the flashdrive (test it early by restarting and seeing if your work it there)

go to one of these sites, save a photo and/or music file, and show us:
(note: check to see which email address each camper will be using; if needed, get some campers a gmail account)
Reminder: Saving files on an Apple = Press "Control" key and click on the filename or the image you want to download. Then go to "Save image as" or "Download linked file as" and save it on your flash drive.

c. Tell students that they will be making digital stories and publishing online!

3. LUNCH (11:45 - 12:30)
  • • Lunch at tables outside or first floor tables if rain.
  • During lunch, discuss ideas for digital story
  • Discuss observations and ideas from lunch

4. Assess prior knowledge of iMovie and share general information about it. (1:00-2:30)
  • Watch as we start a digital story test
    • open iMovie and input photos and music from flashdrive (Pictures must be in jpeg format!)
    • practice closing and reopening the file
      • click and drag the file from the casuser folder (in Finder) to the desktop
      • then drag it from the desktop to the Public folder
      • restart the computer
      • find the file in the Public folder and drag it to the desktop (make sure iMovie is closed at this point)
      • open iMovie and close project window
      • then open the casuser (movie projects) folder; drag the file from the desktop into the casuser folder.
      • Double click to open movie project

5. Time to write (12:30- 1:00):

  • Work on writing the script for your digital story (before you look for photos or music)

Mini-Lesson on transitions, titles, how to save photos (not the thumbnail...and not "all rights reserved")

5. REFLECTIONS (2:20-3:00)
Pair share with a partner and tell them what their story is and where they're going with it.

a. Now that you’ve started to gather materials for your DS, what questions do you have?
b. What are three important things that you learned today?
c. Do NOT shut down until Mr. K or Mrs. L checks your flash drive and public.

How does your audience help you decided what your story will be about?
What do you need to know about your audience?

  • Don't put your last name on your digital story for safety reasons since we may share these on the internet.
  • Remember to write down the source of your information and images (works cited)
  • Back up your work on your FLASH DRIVE!!
  • Remember to bring your flash drive EACH DAY!!
  • Bring your lunch again tomorrow (good job remembering today). Bring head phones. Bring external Mic if you have one.


1. REVIEW - Journal inspiration. Sharing of our ideas so far. Questions from yesterday.
Writing Prompt (9:00-9:45)

What do you want to work on for the next hour? (story? Audio? Photo?)

Introduce Wikispaces and get them set-up with a user name and password (use if necessary).

A couple rules for using Wikispaces
  • do not edit the front page or other people's pages (we will be able to tell and we will take away your privileges)
  • keep it appropriate (don't put anything on your wiki that includes swearing, puts down others, or is inappropriate in anyway)

Notes about wikispaces:
  • on the discussion page, pressing F5 refreshes the page
  • spell check is our friend (control, right click to check if you get the red, wavy line)
Time to play with Wiki (10:00-10:15)


2.TIME TO WORK/Q &A (10:20-11:30)
(Get iMovies set up from yesterday) Introduce more of iMovie
  • Go over how to open the project.
  • transitions, text on the screen, voiceover...
• Teachers circulate and help.

3. Model two stars and a wish with a student volunteer (11:30-11:45)

4. TEACHERS WILL take students on trip (11:50)
Take students to the Gardens
Take camera (group photo) and lunches.

5. Lunch (12:00-12:50)

6. Peer Edit: Two Stars and a Wish... (12:50-1:00)
Pair up with someone and share your story.
Your partner will tell you two good things about your story ("stars") and one comment/suggestion ("wish").
Listen and consider your partner's ideas.
Switch roles (listen to your partner's story and give him/her two stars and a wish.

7. Time to Work on your Digital Story (1:00-1:45)

  • finish writing story
  • import photos and music into iMovie (use youconvertit if needed)
  • create title slides and transitions
  • adjust volume

8. Check back in. (2:00 mini-lessons on text within movie, cropping a photo in iMovie, and using maps within iMovie) Everyone must have storyboard done and written out. When all bullets are are to play on your Wiki page, adding more fun things to personalize the space.

9. REFLECTIONS (2:30 -3:00)
Think back to the digital stories we watched yesterday. Look back at your digital story; how can you improve visual elements (pace, clarity of photos...) and sound elements (volume of music, clarity vs. static of voiceover...)
Any other questions?


Journal Prompt:

1. Welcome Back! (9:00 - 9:15)
View video for journal write and respond on the Wiki under the correct discussion tab.
•Review what you accomplished yesterday--- Time to ask questions as a group.
What do you want to work on for the next 30 minutes? (story? Audio? Photo?)

2.TIME TO WORK/Q &A (9:20 - 10:20)
• Teachers circulate and help.

3. Mini Lesson (10:20 - 10:40)
Closing your project and saving a finished product on the flash drive.
Embedding project in various locations on the Internet - Wiki, Teacher Tube...

4. Time to work/record/save (10:40 - 11:30)

5. Lunch and Dairy Store Trip (11:30-12:50)

6. Other Tech Projects to try (12:50 - 1:00)
What can you do if you finish your iMovie? (after you have uploaded it to Teacher Tube or we have it saved on a flash drive)
  • Make another one on a different topic. If you have a PC at home, there is Movie Maker on your computer.
  • Check out Voicethread (learn about what it is and if you want to participate, we'll get you a log in)
  • Read and explore Aram's class wiki. There are a lot of links on the first page that you can check out. Check out Mrs. Lewis' as well.
  • Stripgenerator for making comics, as well as Make Beliefs Comix
  • Try your hand at creating a short animation
  • Picnik is useful for photo editing (toned down version of Photoshop); Mr. Kabodian playing with picknik
  • Animoto and an example Aram made
  • Here are five ways students can create multimedia timelines.

    external image Picture+9.pngI've written about XTimeline in the past because I find it to be a great service that is very accessible to high school students. UsingXTimeline students can collaborate, just as they would when making a wiki, to build a multimedia timeline. Timelines built usingXTimeline can include text, images, and video. XTimeline will accept dates in A.D./B.C. format.

    external image Picture+3.pngTimeGlider offers some nicer layout features compared to XTimeline, but is not quite as intuitive to use as XTimeline. The layout features that I like about TimeGlider is the ability to stagger or indent events below each other in a sequence. TimeGlider also makes it easy to display the relative importance of an event by increasing its size in comparison to other events on the timeline. Like XTimeline, TimeGlider accepts dates in A.D./B.C. format.

    external image Picture+11.pngTime Toast is quiet easy to learn to use. To add events to a timeline simply click on the inconspicuous "add an event" button and a simple event box pops up in which you can enter enter text, place a link, or add a picture. Time Toast does not have the more advanced editing options that XTimeline and TimeGlider offer. What it offers instead is ease of use which makes it a suitable choice for students in elementary school or middle school.

external image Picture+6.pngTimeRime allows users to create timelines that include text, images, audio, and video. One of the better features of TimeRime is that you can have more than one type of media for each event on your timeline. TimeRime users can also select which media type they want as the feature piece of each event. As we've come to expect with any web 2.0 tool of this type, you can embed the timeline in a blog or share it via email.
external image Picture+6.pngDipity is a great timeline creation tool that allows users to incorporate text, images, and videos into each entry on their timeline. Dipity also incorporates a mapping feature which allows users to place a Google Maps bookmark related to the topics the timeline covers. Like most good web tools, Dipity has a collaboration option and has multiple options for sharing products publicly or privately. Each entry to a Dipity timeline can include multiple types of media which allows users to add more detail and information than can be included in a traditional timeline.

6. Work Time (1:00 - 2:30)
  • Finish IMovie
  • Create New IMovie
  • Explore Voice Thread
  • Add to your Wiki
  • Make a Time Line

7. REFLECTIONS (2:30 -3:00)
What other things did you try today? Share out. Any questions?


1. Journal Write

Check out the link described in the video.

Talk about Digital Literacy and write about this video on the Wiki. (9:00 - 9:20)

2. Time to finish up all IMovies and/or work on another tool you've discovered here at camp. (9:20 - 10:20)

3. Would you like to add video? Here's a website that allows you to download a short clip. Many things are for sale on it, but the low resolution clips are free. Go to freeStockfootage ( 10:20-10:40)


4. Continue to work (10:40 - 11:40)

5. Lunch (11:45 - 12:15)

4. Journal Evaluation (12:15-12:30)

  • What did you like about camp?
Making the movie. The other sites. Stripgenerator. Creating a Wiki. Dairy Store.
  • What did you dislike about camp?
When the computers didn't work. Only one platform (iMovie) was covered. Sharing videos. Sitting for 6 hours. A lot to take in the first day. Little social time.
  • What could be improved?
More field trips. More free time. More free music sites. Learn a little more.
  • What did you learn that you could use in school? What was valuable?
iMovie. Wiki. ALL of it was valuable. Animation:) Timeline websites.
  • How might you use the Wiki on your own?
Keep in touch with friends. Share ideas with friends, but safer than FB. Notify people of important news.

5. Stimulating Video
Popular Mechanics video clip

6. Tour of WKAR (1:00 - 2:00)
Radio and Television.

7. Share Digital Stories with each other (2:15-3:00)

If you have extra time...
A Summer Fun website

July activity

What is a Podcast?

  • why does it take so long to save some imovie files?
  • why do some photos disappear when you bring them down into your imovie?
(even when they are "some rights reserved" and not the thumbnail and from the same website that had photos that worked just fine)?
  • why does imovie shut down unexpectedly so often?
  • why can you not adjust the time on some of the imovie photos? (not when you double click, on photo settings, moving the bar)

sometimes these are solved by exiting imovie and reopening it; sometimes these problems are solved by taking the Ken Burns effect off of an image.

Notes: mystery stories? Picture wiki? Talk nice to Mike about broadcasting stories? Poetry Skype Slam?
Next year: back up photos to flash drive. The computers clean out the desktop programs (IPhoto) everynight, but don't wipe out the hard drive (so save the IMovie to the Mac hard drive) and Model two stars and a wish with our digital stories next time

Aram Kabodian in Two Minutes

Aram in two minutes from Aram Kabodian on Vimeo.

Ideas for next year's Tech Camp:
  • have a theme? CHANGE
    • would focus students and help them get started...
    • but it would be limiting
    • it could just be a suggestion....
  • use iMovie (day 1 after the intros, overview...) or Photostory3 or...? or not
  • wikis again? (day 2)
  • use prezi (day 3)
    • show them a prezi or two and then how to use it.
    • let them create one on a topic they are interested in and show them to the campers
    • on a theme or topic?

  • could we use voicethread in some way?
  • should they read something? we never have them read anything. maybe some provocative, "juicy" text and/or film and respond to it on voicethread or prezi
  • tentative time: M-TH, July 11-14
  • WKAR Tour! and the walk
  • should we have it in the Comm Arts Bldg again or do we want to go back to the Hort Bldg., which is close to where the Summer Institute will be going on (if we want to show them what we are doing)