June 5 , 2013
Well it is shaping up to be an interesting week. I’ve taken the plunge and I am asking my grade 8 and 9 health class to create a digital story for their final project. I spent the weekend creating an evaluation rubric (following Renée Clemens‘ advice). I found a rubric generator Rubistar, which really helped me get started. Furthermore, I took the time to find examples to get the students started. New stuff can be scary for some students. I am pushing them beyond the typical PowerPoint presentation.
Monday morning I explained to the class what the project entailed and that I wanted them to create a digital story around the subject of bullying. We have just finished a program called “Différents, mais pas indifférents,“ a program that focuses on many different issues regarding conflicts and behaviours that enable bulling.
I am hoping that the students will be able to make personal connections as they create their own digital stories. In addition to the rubric, I also provided the students with a few links from Alan Levine’s web page 50 ways to tell a story, http://50ways.wikispaces.com/
After spending some time visiting each site I provided the students these websites. I’ve stayed away from any websites which required payments. I make a conscious decision to offer non-paying choices to equalize the chances for all the students.
Now I wait patiently and help them as much as I can to accomplish something spectacular. However, I am nervous as we journey together towards their final projects. I hope that the use of technology will encourage them and foster enthusiasm in the students who typically do the minimum. Those are the students I want to reach. Their projects are due on the 24th.
I’ve been so busy researching digital storytelling for this class assignment that I been unable to get to my work done for task #6. I will get to it in the next few days.