In technology class, we made our digital story in the few months. A digital story is a story we share with the world using media. Mine was about my life of ballet. I started with when I started it and ended with how ballet helps me in my life. Our unit question was “How can we use media to communicate our stories?”. To complete our project, we used the design cycle which was Investigate, Plan, Create, Evaluate. Here is the cycle:
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When we made our digital story, we had our own 4 desirable specifications. Mine was to get people to learn about ballet, using vocabulary that is easy to understand (like not using words that only few people know), mostly using my own photos, and making music that matches my video. I think my story met these specifications quite well. For example for getting people to learn about ballet, I tried including facts that people might not know. For vocabulary, I tried using words that is simple and if I used some complicated words, I explained it. Also I used my photos mostly, and I could say that because I counted them. My photos were 14 out of 18. For the music, I used music that was related to ballet and changed some parts like adding effects and combining. I asked my friends and family if it matched and that helped me a lot.
I think I was able to make a good video and meet the specifications well because I got feedback from my friends and teacher. It helped me because they told me what I did good and what I can improve on. For example Hana and Hyewon said the background music was too loud, so I fixed it and made it quieter. It made it easier to hear my voice and I am glad that I was able to change it. Also, Pia, Lisa, Emma(D), Joseph, Hana and Ms. Rude told me that there were some problems with the voiceover like overlapping and too quiet, so I fixed it by moving it around and recording it again. I am glad that I was able to change it before I shared it online. It made it easier to understand and it made it more organized. The feedback made the video improve a lot and I thought that I should get feedback when I do other things too.
This was the process during this unit:
Firstly, we got into groups and discussed about the unit question “How can we use media to communicate our stories?”. Then, we brainstormed the key features to story-telling. After that, we looked at 3-4 digital stories and listed the story structure and key features. I watched: A Brief History of John Baldessari, Ashley’s Digital Story-telling, and The Best Artist Ever. We also looked for patterns between the stories. Next, we learned the definition of the 7 elements to story-telling. Then, we brainstormed possible topics that we could use. I brainstormed about volleyball, basketball, field studies, a fiction story, and ballet. After the brainstorm, we researched tools like ‘Prezi’, ‘FotoBabble’, ‘Keynote’ that we could use to make our digital story. Then we wrote a reflection. In week 5, we chose the topic we wanted to do. And I chose ballet. I chose ballet because I really enjoy it and I had a lot of pictures, and I wanted to make my story like a picture book. Also, I thought it also matched me. After we chose our topic, we compared 3 tools and thought about if it matched our story. I chose iMovie and Garageband because I could add my own music, and also I could add videos, images, and text easily. It is also not confusing. Then we made a list of resources and a timeline. We wrote what we needed and planned what we had to do and when we had to finish each step. After the timeline, we wrote our storyboard. I drew how it will look like and what I will say. Then we created our digital story and wrote our 4 desirable specifications. We got feedback from our peers before sharing it online and made changes to our video.
Lastly, I think we could use all kinds of social network such as ‘facebook’, ‘twitter’, ‘blogs’, ‘youtube’, ‘vimeo’, and a lot more to communicate our story. Our digital story is one of the example and I think it’s good where people from the world can see it and get to know your story. I enjoyed making my own digital story and I am happy about my work 🙂