I have spent lots of time over the last few days thinking about different ways that I could incorporate some of the Storytelling tools into a Kindergarten classroom. I have played around with a couple of the links that Alan Levine has on his list, however I seem to always come back to the 5 Card Flickr. I really enjoyed this and I have told anyone who will listen to me about it. I have a number of friends who teach middle years and and they have all said how they think that this would be good for a writing assignment, in French or in English. I found that I could easily see how this would be beneficial in an older classroom because the students do more independent work and can work through a project like this. It did however take me a long time to figure out how to use it in my own classroom.
Finally it dawned on me that I could do it as a whole class project and introduce the students to storytelling. The children are all great at telling stories, but they are stories that have happened to them so they are more re-telling stories instead of creating stories. With a project like 5 Card Flickr we could learn about how to create stories based on the images that we were provided with. One benefit of using a tool like this is that the children have a starting point because they would have a visual to work with. It might be a little difficult because they pictures are not directly related but with a little practice I am sure they could get the hang of it.
Unfortunately due to my current maternity leave I can’t actually try this in the classroom. On the other hand, I do have a couple of kids at home that are close in age to Kindergarten students so they might be able to help me out. I am going to try to get my sons to help me later today (once the oldest gets home from school). I will be sure to post their attempt so that we can all see if it is in fact a possible project with younger students.
This would be my second attempt at playing around with the digital storytelling tools that we learned about last night in EC&I 831. I have little to no experience creating videos online so I thought that I would give Animoto a chance. One of the main reasons for trying this tool was because it was free. It took me a bit of playing around to get the right length for the video because the free option only allows you a 30 second clip, but after a few attempts I got it to work. I typically shy away from putting pictures of my kids online, but I could resist with this. I am not to sure about the music choice, but it was fun to play with.
Make a video of your own at Animoto.
I had a few minutes of free time so I thought that I would try out one of the digital storytelling links that Alan Levine shared with us last night in my EC&I 831 class. My first attempt was a Five Card Flickr Story. It was amazing simple to use and quite fun. I enjoyed picking through the random photos that came up and creating my story. As I picked the photos, it was amazing to see how a story formulated itself in my mind with little effort on my behalf. I simply looked at the pictures and the story seemed to be obvious. I didn’t know for sure if I was supposed to write my story down or not but I decided that in the section entitled “About this story” that I would write my story out.
Here is the link to the story that I created: My Great Success.
a Five Card Flickr story created by HLizee
flickr photo by bionicteaching
flickr photo by Serenae
flickr photo by bionicteaching
flickr photo by katerha
flickr photo by cogdogblog
As I sit here contemplating my lastest work of literacy, I decided that it might be best to take a break. Of course there is no better way to take a relaxing break than to go out and have a piece of cake. So I make my way to the dessert shop, which just happens to be in a red caboose. A few weeks later, as I go to get the mail, to my surprise there is a cheque from my editor for one of my books. I couldn’t help but run out to the local bridge and shout for joy.