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  1. Hi Chris,
    If this is not too late, I too had to come up with a technology project for my Spanish classes. I hooked up my ipad to the projector and used “Doceri” to have students follow along with the written word while I recited the story. Or, if you need a student-centered technology project, have you looked into making a web-quest? Lots of ideas under that term in a google search. Just some thoughts. Good luck!

  2. Chris, you might just be able to record your voice into your computer, then play it for students, and that would show you have a pretty good hold on tech in my opinion. If you have Garageband (and probably other programs will do this too), you can add sound effects and music. And then you can add pictures or clip art as well and make it visual.

  3. Everyone in the school got this really cool document camera today that scans student’s tests and corrects them on the spot (budget cuts, California?). Not sure but you could do a technology piece with assessment. How does technology deliver instant results, how can that track and use that data to increase student performance?
    It kinda relates back to the discussion on learning scales/standards-based grading.

  4. One idea is a PowerPoint presentation of free-write that students have written and illustrated. You can narrate or have students narrate. Slides can be just illustrations or include the written story. You could do the same with class stories, using illustrations of the illustrator of the day. Prezi is another possibility. Just put stories and or illustrations in as PDF’s.
    Depending on the time or how involved you want the project to be, you can put PowerPoint slides into something like moviemaker or imovie to make a “movie” of student’s stories. You can add narration and or music—some students are proficient with this and could help out.
    Jim has done some cool digital storytelling things and Carol Gaab did one with Photopeach.

  5. Not too late yet! Thanks for some of the ideas so far. I don’t have an ipad, but I want one. I’m in the running to win one this friday in a radio contest so hopefully I’ll win it! I got about a 1 in 50 shot.
    I have a doc cam (ELMO) but it doesn’t have the nifty features that Drew is talking about.
    The PPT idea is pretty cool, ardythe, not sure if I’ll have the time to get the students ready for that. I love the “idea” of digital storytelling but I have no knowledge of it or how it works.

    1. In terms of using an Elmo, I leave “holes” in some of my stories and give each few kids a post-it note to come up with some sort of fact, detail, sentence, dialogue and then throw them under the camera and then we decide which is the next (il)logical part to the story. I call it interactive reading. In fact, I just made it up right now. And by using the present tense, I mean that I did it once (yesterday).

      1. I like this idea, Drew. I often do it with “the ends” of written stories. We figure out an ending that we can all live with as a class; I write it in under the view of the projector (while they make fun of the lines and spots on my hands), and then I show it to the other class, of the same level, later in the day or the next day. They love seeing their own ideas written down, and they love to compare their version to the other class’. Leaving stuff out in the middle of the story, as you did, could be just as powerful.

  6. Digital storytelling could be as simple as video taping a still illustration while narrating, or moving illustrated pictures around on a desk while filming a story. You can also use the power point idea as a slideshow of clip art or original art combined with text from class or student stories.

  7. Go for what is practical with the time you have. And don’t sweat it too much. The reality is to do something that would be helpful to your class and yourself. Don’t get stuck in the glitz of the tool. You don’t have time with all you DO have to get done.
    Personally, I like the concept of making an audio for your class. One of the things I remember Krashen talking with me about last summer was the need for reading and hearing in our minds the words. This helps us acquire more than anything. Why not do a simple MP3 of you reading some groovy story and going slow with structures you are reinforcing. They will love downloading it and listening. Or may a song that you want them to learn. And give them the paper to read with it.

  8. I agree with Chris that “Digital Storytelling” sounds very cool, and very teacher-ese. This would be a great way to placate the admins who are pushing the use of technology in the classroom. Get an ELMO, and you basically have a very expensive overhead projector. You can then brag about this new cutting edge technique you are using with this advanced technology. All the while, you are really staying low tech with your students, using the equipment to help you interact with them in a human way, and not letting it interfere with that important interaction. Add the post-its you suddenly have “mixed media interactive and differentiated student-driven narrative structure building with an emphasis on collaboration, with teacher as facilitator” blah blah blah. They’ll eat it up.

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