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Welcome to Week 1 of Digital Storytelling for Young Learners!

We're glad you're here with us and we're looking forward to learning together.

If you have questions, or run into difficulties with any of the tools, please don't hesitate to ask--we're here to help. 


Week 1 How to Video of Tasks, ETC. 


Weekly Outline


Week 1: Introductions & Simple Online Digital Tools & the Basics

Main Moderators: Shelly Terrell, Marisa Constantinides, and Eva Buyuksimkesyan

During the first week of the course, participants will:

  • become familiar with the group tools and forums
  • introduce themselves and begin to establish connections with each other
  • discuss the use of digital storytelling in class
  • learn to create and define a copyright for their creative works
  • learn about online safety and privacy concerns when working with young learners
  • discover new tools they can experiment with throughout the sessions in an online playground
  • add 321 Intros to the Posterous
  • join  the DigiKids EVO Edmodo Group


Week 1 Tasks


Task 1, Day 1: Connecting - Getting Started with Edmodo Groups, Posterous, and Wikis


a. Join our DigiKids EVO Edmodo Group (NOTE: You must be logged in to Edmodo 1st or try typing the group code (pi5dme) to join),  where the discussions will be taking place. Have a look at the  Posterous space, (and become a "follower" if you have a Posterous account. NOTE: You DONOT have to have a Posterous Account to post). Also, please do request access to this Wiki. You will become a "reader" of the wiki, and then you will receive information in your email (this is only a security valve in case people are having problems  communicating on Edmodo).  We'll learn from one another, share experiences, publish our stories and receive support. 

b. Once your membership has been approved, begin to explore the platforms and leave a message telling us a little about yourself and what you hope to learn. Please tag your Edmodo intro with DSIntro. Tagging is located right below your reply. 

c. Once your membership is approved on Edmodo, please set-up a profile on Edmodo. 

d. Decide what kind of notification settings you want so that you can manage the emails and our interactions.

To change the notification settings in the Edmodo Group, go to "account>>Settings" on the EDMODO page (next to your name on the upper RIGHT) and choose >NOTIFICATION TYPE. Be sure to SAVE NOTIFICATIONS.

e. Add yourself to our Google Map to help create a visual representation of our group. Just in case you've never edited a google map, here's a video example: http://screencast.com/t/qdvWyLoBKJ



Task 2, Days 1-5: 3,2,1 Introduction- Introduce Yourself & Get to Know Others


After you've joined our Edmodo and Posterous groups, send an email to digitalstorytellingEVO2013@posterous.com with your 3,2,1 introduction. Follow the steps below to complete the activity!


Step 1. Make sure to include in your presentation:
3  things we should know about you 

2  of your favorite activities in the world

1  dream job you would have if you weren't a YL teacher


Step 2. Tag and add a Title to your Posterous post ((tag: Wk1, 321Intro))!

You can add a Title and tags to your 321 post by including these in the Subject Line of your email. Your Title should be Your Name's 321 Introduction. To add tags through email, add tags in the subject of your email using the syntax ((tag: Wk1, 321Intro)). NOTE: You must do double parenthesis at the beginning and end. The tag syntax will not show up in the title of your post, but your post will be tagged with the tags you include. For more information on how this looks, please click here


Step 3. Be Creative

Many learners respond to visuals and multimedia. Posterous allows you to share video, images, and audio. Just attach any of these items to your email and it will automatically be posted. Alternatively, you can visit our sandbox of tools and decide to use one of them to accomplish the 3,2,1 activity. You will need to include a screen shot of your project and add the image as an attachment. Be sure to include a link to the original 3,2,1 project. You have a lot of freedom on how you would like to present the activity so be imaginative and creative. We are looking forward to seeing your stories! 


Step 4. Connect by Commenting

Before the end of week 1 try to comment on at least 2 other 3,2,1 posts. 



Task 3, Days 3-4: Answer a Survey


Please fill out this survey about your prior experience in integrating digital storytelling in your young learner's classroom.



Task 4, Days 1-5: Learn about Online Safety and Creative Commons licenses


Keeping young learners safe online is a big responsibility for teachers. While we're teaching language, we also want to model good digital citizenship and safety habits. We also want to shield our students from inappropriate online behavior.


Step 1: Become familiar with online safety


1 Watch one (or both of these short videos): Brain Pop Jr. Internet Safety or Common Sense with Phineas and Ferb. Feel free to browse both pages for quizzes and additional information about cyber safety.


2 Answer these questions in the wiki here, http://digitalstorytelling4kids.pbworks.com/w/page/62684756/Wk1dqs

  • How can we keep our students safe online? 
  • What do you do to keep your students safe? (If you already work with students online)
  • What will you do in the future? (If you aren't currently working online with young learners)


Additional optional readings:

Generation Safe

This website includes a LOT of information, and an entire curriculum for teaching cyber safety and digital literacy. If you have time, check out the videos in the Google Literacy Tour. Even though we won't be doing anything with this site during our session, it's such a comprehensive resource we wanted to include it in our links.


Internet Safety for Kids

This short blog post by Jennifer Verschoor includes some great games to help children learn about online safety.


Step 2: Learn about Creative Commons licenses


Digital Storytelling often involves images, and part of digital citizenship is responsible use of online images. We want students to learn to respect copyright, and to identify where they found images. Creative Common licensing has become a simple way for people to define how their images (and other works) can be used. 


1 Watch this slide show explaining Creative Commons. Generally, permission to use images ranges from pictures that are in the public domain (anyone can use them) to images that are copyright and require permission to use. Creative Commons licenses grant permission in advance. All Creative Commons licenses require attribution (meaning you have to credit the person who shared the image).


2 Explore various licenses by doing an online image search. Go to the Flickr Advanced Search page. (Flickr.com --> click on search --> click on advanced search --> enter a keyword, like "animals", scroll down and tick the box that says "search only in Creative Commons-licensed content"). Click on an image and then on the image page click on the license. What are the restrictions? How can you use the image?


3 Explore resources for images that are either public domain or Creative Common license

Wikimedia Commons (4 million images in the public domain)

Free Images (6000 stock photos, and they require you to credit them as the source)

World Images (80,000 photos from the California State University IMAGE project, under a non-commercial  CC license)

ELT Pics (Images taken by teachers for teachers, collected via Twitter and stored on Flickr, under a non-commercial CC license)

PhotoPin (a search engine that finds Creative Commons images)

Wylio- Search engine for CC images for bloggers

PhotoeXpress- lengthy registration process but you get 10 free quality stock images a day with a search engine and you don't have to attribute.

CCMixter.org- Great songs, music that is Creative Commons! Just give attribution

FreeSound- Free sound files and clips for use!

Soundzabound- Claims to be the ONLY royalty free music library which meets
all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education!


Find many more resources in our LiveBinder! Just click the tabs and browse! We update this each week!


4 Do you have a favorite site for images or did you discover a great site while browsing? Please share the link in our Edmodo group so we can had it to our resources? How about music? We aren't going to be focusing on it, but online music clips face the same copyright issues as images do. Have you found good sites with Creative Commons-licensed music? Please share!




Task 5, Days 1-4: Play in the Sandbox


Feel free to explore the various storytelling tools in our sandbox. If you feel comfortable, please use one of these tools to complete your 3,2,1 Introduction. When you are finished playing with one of the tools, post a reflection of your experience in the Edmodo group. This way we can learn from each other. There are numerous incredible storytelling tools that we will not be able to explore. The sandbox is a way to get to play with these tools and see if they will work for your classroom environment.


Task 6, Day 6: Attend our Webinar 


Sessions will be recorded, and the recordings shared in our archives, in case you can't attend. We will be using the Learning Times Elluminate Room. Your computer may take a few minutes to download the software and you will need to allow it to run.


Webinar 1

Sunday, January 20th at 16:00 GMT (17:00 Barcelona, 18:00 Istanbul/Cairo, 21:00 Bangkok/Jakarta, 12:00 Beijing, 01:00 Tokyo Monday, 03:00 Melbourne Monday)

(What time is this for you?)


If you've never attended a session in Elluminate, please do this tech check!


The goal for our first webinar is to help everyone become comfortable with our Elluminate room. You need to have Java installed on your machine for the meeting room to open on your computer, so be sure to allow yourself enough time (or take care of the set up prior to Saturday). We'll have moderators on Skype to help.


During this webinar, you can share your 3,2,1 stories, ask questions, share impressions about our first week, and have a chance to get to know each other and your moderators a bit better. If you cannot attend the webinar, we will be posting the recording. 



Checklist of Week 1 Tasks 

I have.....

  • joined the Edmodo group, Posterous group, and Wiki
  • set-up my profile in the Edmodo group
  • shared my 3/2/1 introductions and became familiar with the group environments 
  • watched a video about online safety 
  • learned how to find public domain or Creative Commons-licensed images 
  • answered a survey to determine my experiences with online tools
  • played with some of the tools in the Sandbox and posted my reflections
  • attended the live webinar or watched the recording 



Our Session Online Spaces

  • Our Wiki- hosts an outline of the syllabus, FAQs, weekly tasks, and resources
  • Our Livebinder of Resources- Click each tab to find a comprehensive list of our bookmarks, links, tools, etc. You can also copy this and edit it how you please. 
  • Posterous Spaces- This will be the place of your web portfolio of work.
  • DigiKids EVO Edmodo Group- for discussion and collaboration for participants


Week 1 Discussion Summary (Online Safety and Creative Commons) 

Week 1 Activity Summary


Comments (5)

Luciana Caldeira said

at 11:13 am on Jan 23, 2012

I have just tried some of the video tools, Google search video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en_GB&v=cBS5klmo958 , Roxio Photo Show: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/YM3KF9up and loved them. Take a look at the links with my experiments!
See ya!

Gil said

at 1:16 pm on Jan 18, 2013

Hi Luciana I tried to check on the links your provided but was impossible because they are private and won´t open. I was curious. Sorry.

Marcelo de Cristo said

at 11:28 pm on Jan 19, 2013

Hi luciana. I had the same problem. How did you manage to use Google video search? I can't find the tool and the google forum said it was discontinued.

Marcelo de Cristo said

at 11:27 pm on Jan 19, 2013

Hi luciana. I had the same problem. How did you manage to use Google video search? I can't find the tool and the google forum said it was discontinued.

Carol Mayo said

at 10:18 am on Jan 20, 2013

I have not had much time to look at very many 321 Intros. I am very excited to sit later today and look through more of them so see different tools and how you are using them. The ones I have watched are so creative, what an amazing group of people.

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