Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Short but productive digital storytelling workshop

Erin and I just finished a two-day workshop on eportfolios with a school district near Minot, ND. The teachers focused on building a collection of artifacts in GoogleDocs yesterday morning, built a professional portfolio in the afternoon in Google Sites. This morning, they created a digital story and uploaded it to GoogleDocs, shared it with me so that I could show it to the whole group. This was by far the easiest end to a digital storytelling workshop, when we collect stories to showcase. No more flash drives to pass around! Just send a link.

For more than half of the teachers, this was the first video they had created, although many of them worked with a partner. This afternoon, we had them collaboratively writing in grade level groups using typewith.me, pulling together a plan for Next Steps in implementing e-portfolios in their district. Altogether, a very successful two days! As you can see by the progress chart, we had a lot of video projects to support! Our largest group yet. I learned some more about iMovie9 in the process!

On my way home, I read a tweet with link to the latest draft publication from the Ministry of Education in New Zealand: Digital portfolios Guidelines for beginners (PDF). Looks like a good study and set of resources on some of the early adopter schools, including Pt. England and Bucklands Beach Intermediate. We need a similar study here in the U.S.! They asked these schools some good questions.

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