From Health Professional to Film Producer in One Easy Workshop: Creating Digital Stories
Penny Gill, CPUT
Presentation at the SANRC First Year Experience (FYE) conference, J0hannesburg 24 – 26 May 2017
A digital story is
– a short, first person multi-media video narrative that documents human life experiences ideas or feelings through story-telling.
– an exciting way to captivate students, amplifies student voice, encourages critical thinking, can give access to a global audience.
To get students to make a digital story:
– obtain ethical approval
– Use a computer literacy questionnaire and offer support if needed
– Consider copyright and confidentiality
– Obtain permission from students to use videos in conferences and presentations
– Students write a 500 word story
– The video must be 4-6 minutes or less
– Brainstorm ideas to fit purpose and audience – mindmaps/community maps can help
– 30-40% of time is thinking, planning and synthesising (organising)
– Plan sequence of story using a storyboard: pictures with words/music saying what this
scene must achieve. Plan animations and transitions of scenes
– Photostory3 free software can be used to make the video. Many free applications available for mobile phones
– Invite guests, show videos, maybe with popcorn
– Evaluation of stories by Digital Storytelling rubric, peer group marking and lecturer.
– Must be credit bearing
Lessons are remembered better when there is a good story than when there isn’t.
Samples available at CPUT digital stories repository on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/CPUTstories
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