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This year, several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have read some of the books being offered at the METC book store   and are providing brief reviews on the content. We’ll offer their reviews throughout several posts, starting here:metc bookstore

Digital Storytelling- Guide for Educators
by Midge Frazel, reviewed by Robert Dillon

This book is an excellent resources for teachers, technology integrators, and school leaders. It takes a fresh look at the importance of storytelling in schools. For as long as there has been language, there have been oral histories that have been passed down generations based on stories.

Today’s connected world creates new opportunities for students with storytelling and specially digital storytelling skills. Frazel uses the ISTE NETS for students to showcase how digital storytelling can grow student’s technology IQ. The book provides outstanding resources and clear explanations.

The author walks the reader through all steps of the process from planning, to creating, to presenting the digital story. In addition, Frazel writes some specific chapters about classroom engagement, using story to support explanation of family history, and using story to build community connection. This easy read is ideal for educators looking to build engaging learning opportunities for students in this essential learning area.

2012 metc book store selectionEnergize Research Reading and Writing

by Christopher Lehman, reviewed by Bill Bass

While this book isn’t really a technology book, the connection between research and technology has never been greater. When we want to know something, by and large we turn to these technological tools to help us out. Through his book, Christopher Lehman makes a connection for the reader between the reading and writing that is done by using real world examples and giving us the ability to implement the strategies regardless of the level of tech in a given classroom.

METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis

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Next Wednesday, April 18, find out from the Show-Me a Movie Contest’s Creator (a digital storytelling specialist) and it’s Program Manager on how to prepare your elementary through high schools students to enter this annual movie making contest from Cooperating School Districts. Learn about (new) rules and the rubrics, plus see examples and much more! This is a free webinar that is part of the Virtual Learning Center’s ongoing Webinar Wednesday series. Whether you are brand new to the Show-Me a Movie contest, or have entered your students’ work for several years, you’ll want to hear that latest information on program. Click on the image below to register.

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Coming up in April, two St. Louis metro area school districts are holding film festivals; both the Ladue School District and Parkway School District will be showing student work at their respective events.

The third annual Ladue High School FilmFest takes place April 13th at the school’s Performing Arts Center. According to teacher Don Goble, “Ladue film students enrolled in my Broadcast Technology II class, partner each year with Theater teacher Janine Burmeister’s Acting III classes at the high school, to work on fully scripted short films, using a Hollywood web-based film curriculum.  The students’ process began last August, when they created a concept, wrote a script, auditioned the theater students, recorded their scenes, and have feverishly been editing. Over 20 Ladue students took part in this program and their hard work comes to the big screen.”

Two weeks later, the April 26th Parkway Digital Film Festival highlights & showcases digital projects created by 700 Parkway students in grades K-12. Using the knowledge and skills acquired in school, students have made connections to the curriculum and applied their learning to the art and science of digital storytelling enabling them to be practitioners in the real world. This event  takes place at  the Purser Center at Logan College of Chiropractic. Organizer Bill Bass shares, “the Parkway Digital Film Festival is a celebration of student work highlighting the stories from students in all grade levels and content areas. We founded the festival four years ago as a way to give students an authentic audience and to showcase the digital stories that they were creating in their classrooms. Additionally, it gave teachers the opportunity to have their students become creators of digital content rather than the more traditional role of consumer.”

Both events are open to the public, (for all ages), and include a red carpet walk for the participating students. The Parkway event is free, the Ladue event requires a ticket for entry at a cost of $5 each. All proceeds help fund the continuation of  web-based film curriculum for future students. They can be purchased at the door the night of the FilmFest, or in advance by contacting Don Goble.

photo credit: by vancouverfilmschool

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Here’s a photo from Stephanie’s class today on using Flip video cameras in the classroom. To see more images from this all-day professional development session, click on the image above to get to our Flickr account.

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In addition to the new category, Show-Me Your Creativity, in the Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest, a big change this year is entries can now be submitted via the web. 2011 actually marks the last year that movies may be sent in on CD. Starting this year, movie entries that have been uploaded to sites such as SchoolTube, TeacherTube and Vimeo can be submitted as long as entries are tagged or include Show-Me in the title when uploaded to these sites. In lieu of the CD, teachers will share the URL with the Show-Me a Movie judges. The deadline for submission– whichever method you choose– is 3 p.m. on Friday, December 16th. For full rules and contest information, visit the Show-Me a Movie page on the CSD website.

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Tomorrow, Digital Citizenship takes place in the tele. This new class explores norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use, and what kind of digital footprint we leave behind daily.

Movie-Making in the Classroom: Creating Digital Stories and Photo Essays: July 18, 20 & 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This three-day workshop teaches the pre-production, production and post-production phases of movie making. The class is a cross between a writer’s workshop and a movie-making symposium. Cancelled due to low enrollment.

Digital Media w/ Flip Cameras: July 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Learn how to take quick videos, upload them to your computer and use them for classroom or personal use. Discover the beauty of the Flip software, how easy it is to share your videos online, through email, or e-card.  Also learn how to effectively remove an image from the video segments using the software. Bring your own Flip camera or borrow one from the VLC!

Integrating Media Literacy Across the Curriculum: July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Come learn how to help promote safe, effective student work in the 21st century. In this class, we will learn about how to integrate media literacy and digital technology across the K-12 education curriculum. Using digital media to help build critical thinking and communication skills is a life long craft necessary for our 21st century learners. Leave this class with information about media literacy in order to formulate your own plan for integrating technology.

Register for tele classes here.

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As teased in a previous blog post, we’re making some changes to the annual Show-Me A Movie digital storytelling contest. Show-Me a Movie categories are now as follows:

  • NEW! Show-Me Your Creativity: Convey a message (informational or persuasive) using music, drawings, digital photos, and/or clay models.
  • Show-Me Something New: Make an instructional or how-to movie.
  • Show-Me a Story: Tell a story about someone special, your school, your community.
  • Show-Me a Challenge: Share local environmental concerns and social issues, which promote awareness and public action.
  • Show-Me Your Community: Recount an aspect of your community/ethnic culture that is unique, significant, promotes a message, and advances a better understanding of it.

Divisions remain elementary, middle school and high school. This contest is open for Missouri students. Revised rules (including changes in the submission process) will be posted this summer for the 2011 contest on Cooperating School Districts’ website. If you have questions, contact Show-Me Movie Program Manager Rebecca Morrison. We look forward to seeing what your students submit!

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