"Google Historical Voyages and Events" - a website dedicated to the "explorers, voyages, events, and historical backgrounds of countries throughout the World." The "Google Historical Voyages and Events" website has contributions from schools all over the World, as they tell about the histories of their areas or study famous historical events and people. Our school has joined this project as part of a global learning experience. This project is open to schools all over the World. According to the project site: "We invite a 'global community' of schools to share this site with us. We can learn about each other's countries as we contribute to this site. Every community, every town, every country has a past."
Students in my 8th grade Project Technology class used digital stories to showcase the biographies and many accomplishments of their personal heroes. Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences and insights. (Leslie Rule, Digital Storytelling Association) The images used in these digital stories were found utilizing Google Images. In some cases, YouTube videos were incorporated into the stories.
The spoken word is a hugely compelling multimedia art form and instructional product. Students have to research and write a script, read it aloud, know what they are reading, and infuse it with emotion and intention.
Digital stories can be used in almost every area of the curriculum. Students can write about a person, event, or place that has meaning to them. Its use in the classroom is powerful and should not be underestimated.
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Roosevelt Intermediate School
Westfield, New Jersey
Who is Your Hero?
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
This is a video I created for Black History Month. Although it's not technically a digital story, it was created using images and music. This video montage was shared with the students, staff and community members in Westfield as a tribute to all the African American heroes, past and present, who have influenced and changed America.