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"Marchen or Sagen" - A Digital Story Telling Experience

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Keywords: English, Writing, Speech and Language, Spelling, Grammar, Technology, Video, Business, Social Skills
Subject(s): Video, Social Skills, Technology, Writing, Business, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar, Speech and Language
Grades 10 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: West Ouachita High School, West Monroe, LA
Planned By: Nancy Hearne
Original Author: Nancy Hearne, West Monroe
Our Goal is to create a Digital Story about a topic of personal interest.
Foldlorist divide oral tales into two groups: (1) Marchen, which loosely translates as "fairy tale" and (2) Sagen, best translated as legend, based on actual happenings. Digital storytelling is first storytelling and second, digital. Technology allows us to craft stories that reach people on many levels. These productions will include images, video clips, music and narration. Through technology the art of storytelling is evolving, but we can preserve the individuality of the oral story through digital media. Digital storytelling is an exciting way for my students to become involved in technology which is both challenging and includes higher level thinking skills. We will create our personal stories in a chosen genre and then develop characters, establish a plot, create a setting and choose background music and scenery. We will use descriptive words to develop narrative and create tone. We will brainstorm using a webcam and propose our story ideas. All students, professionals who are invited (we have one published author who has agreeded to participate), parents, etc. will criticize, analyze, judge and recommend changes. Objective I - Story planning: The Learner will compose, rewrite, reorganize, and develop a storyline that establishes a "got you" aspect so that the audience is mesmerized and can not look away, does not want to miss the ending. Ideas will be blogged so that we can obtain feedback and ideas from others interested in our project Students can visit websites provided for storytelling ideas and hints.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members will be interviewed and content from their "story" will be included in our tales. Students will gain interview techniques and public speaking skills as well as a sense of ancestry.
Objective II - Preproduction: The Learner will determine if the story lends itself to one individual telling the story or if we need a cast of characters to tell the story. Either way we will use Movie Maker to bring our stories to life. We will create scenery and backgrounds, extract portions of the music we will use.
Objective III - Production: The Learner will finish the media components that compose the story and assemble then into a rough draft using Movie Maker. At this point the story will be in draft form and can be viewed by others
Objective IV - Postproduction: The Learner will finalize the project. We will edit, re-do video and audio where needed.
Objective V - Performance, Posting, Showing, and Distribution: The Learner will view final projects.
We will create a Wiki to showcase our digital stories and other class projects. This will create a classroom without walls and allow my students to reach others in a global atmosphere.
This activity will not only improve technology skills, but will also challenge students to improve communication skills, grammar and writing, and public speaking. Because the scripting tools include multiple actors, students will also develop teamwork skills.
Storytelling is as old as time itself and my students will become "Global Storytellers".
I feel that my classrrom is the technology hub for my school. Students who are not in my classes come to me for help with projects and papers. Each student at my school knows that I am open to new ideas and excited about new technology as it comes onto the market. We share and discuss purchasing new products and communicate openly about technology. This new equipment will give me another avenue to share my expertise and love of technolgoy with every students on my campus.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This activity does not only cross curriculum but it crosses generations. We will share some of our stories with our local area elementary schools. These will be delivered by my students and given as gifts to Pre K and Kindergarten classrooms in our area.
Students will view stories created by others.
Stories loaded to CDs will be distributed to elementary schools in our area.
Stories loaded to CDs will be sent home to parents and family members.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Flip Video, Video Tools, Camera/Video Accessories
Other Items: 1 Mobile Lab of Flip Cameras, $3539.95 each, total of $3539.95