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End of Project Reflection Notes

posted Jun 18, 2014, 10:05 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 10:05 AM ]
Uncovering and telling the narrative story within primary resources takes a lot of practice. Students did an excellent job using primary sources collected by Bruce Parnham of the National Archives in Anchorage. For the next project, before beginning GeoHistorian storytelling, I will work with the whole class on a modeled writing example. This would take 3-5 work sessions of approximately an hour, but it is a necessary scaffold.

Google Drive tools are essential for collaborative three-column storyboards, script writing, researching and documentation, and storage of multimedia.

The end-of-year viewing was interesting because I realized that students had not seen their digital stories with an audience yet. We were short on time and skipped right to showing work with an audience. Many students had strong reactions to hearing their own voices. For the next project, I will spend more time throughout the project teaching work-focused critique skills.

Creating multi-media is a complex craft that requires all forms of literacy: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing media, and producing media. 

Creating multi-media is a process and students need to be encouraged to embrace growth rather than perfection.