Digital Storytelling - Course Description
What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century? National learning standards state that modern students should develop the skills to fluidly use multiple modalities such as text, sound, and visual images to communicate locally and globally for personal and professional uses. The practice of digital storytelling has attracted much attention in education toward this end, due to the effective ways in which it provides students with the opportunity to simultaneously develop both their "traditional" literacies of reading and writing as well as "new literacies" of digital production and communication. In this class, students will learn how to create digital stories using video production equipment, video editing software, and computer devices. They will learn to record sound, write scripts, create storyboards, use green screen technology, edit videos, and showcase videos through distribution channels such as Youtube. Working individually or collaboratively, students will go through the film-making process of pre-production, production, and post-production. They will write, direct, and produce different genres of digital stories that include the documentary, narrative, and research reports. In addition to being fun, activities will be aligned with NCTE, ISTE, 21st Century Learning, and Common Core State Standards.
Instructor Bio - Dr. Viet Vu
Dr. Vu enjoys helping students of all ages to create digital stories and developing effective ways to use digital stories in classroom. He holds three graduate degrees related to literacy development, digital storytelling, and technology. These include an M.F.A. in film and television from UCLA; an M.A. in education with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); and a Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in language, literacy, and technology. He has written award winning screenplays, produced short documentaries that have aired on NHK Japan Broadcasting, published five English language textbooks for Japanese elementary school students, and published articles on the use of technology to support literacy development.