The final project required me to use at least three different media forms to tell a story. I wanted to create something that young children would enjoy listening to, watching and something creative for them to do. My project consist of a 7-8 min radio show that includes a story, 2 poems and some riddles. Also there is a “how to video” of a fun little craft. The last media form I used was a mini movie of pictures set to music. I picked a winter holiday theme because I love the magic of Christmas.
The radio show. I created 8 individual tracks over several days and then combined them using audacity. It took me several tries to edit out the silent spots. It was a challenge to make this radio show go smoothly and I am pleased with the results. I read the story “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore, one of my favorite Christmas stories. There are two poems, “Christmas Long Ago” by Jo Geis and “When Santa Claus Comes” author unknown. The last section is riddles for children because this was made for children to enjoy. Audacity was a challenge to learn but I am getting better at using it and I will use it to be creative after this class ends.
The second part of this project is a ‘how to” video. I decided to make a count down to Christmas calendar. Kids like to cut, paint, draw, glue and use glitter. After listening to the radio show, they will have something to create that will help them count down the days until Santa Clause comes to town. I used my cell phone to make the video and it took several tries to get a video that I liked. I love to be creative and make things, so this was really fun for me.
The last part of this is a visual that include several images of Santa Clause. These images are of Santa Clauses from around the world. This give the kids a chance to see what Santa looks like in other parts of the world. I did some research and found images online. When I had my images, I imported them into iMove and edited them to show the best parts of the images. The images wee all times for the same amount of screen time. music was needed to ties all the images together so I found a instrumental Christmas song and added it to the iMove.
Looking back on this semester in Digital Storytelling. This was a course that was full of new information and learning experiences for me. I took this class because I wanted to be able to tell stories in the digital world. This class will help my when I become a teacher, I will be able to use my new knowledge to create interesting things for my students to have in class. At the end of the school year I will be able to make a video using pictures of my students, our special occasions and fun activities that we have done during our year together. It will be a digital documentation of our year together.
Here is my final project, in 3 parts. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.