This past Friday I delivered my first virtual presentation via Skype at Teechmeet Nashville 2010. My presentation was about digital storytelling using Animoto. Here are the resources if you are interested in using the project or adapting it for your class.
Here is the project and the rubric. – the students don’t create the story per se, instead they make judgements about what they have read by choosing media that reflect their interpretation. The most important part of the project is for the students to explain these judgements.
Here are two examples of the finished project. Students were required to present the project and explain the choices they made.
This is one that a student made after reading The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
This is one that a student made after reading The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.
I thought that the presentation went alright, I was a little nervous about it because it was my first virtual presentation and I was never really sure how the audience was responding. But I think it went over well and I heard someone mention Animoto during Steven Anderson’s speech so someone thought it was useful. I really think I have witnessed the future of professional development with Teachmeet. Everyone was there because they wanted to be there, neither the presenters, nor the participants got any money. It was clear that everyone that was there was willing and eager to learn something. I was completely inspired.