Digital storytelling

Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production (usually video) that allows people to easily share a story using digital resources. The media used may vary from video, still pictures, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea.

Digital stories may be used in classroom as a way to integrate content with extant knowledge and skills from across the curriculum. Students can work individually or collaboratively to produce their own digital stories. Once completed, these stories can easily be uploaded to the internet and can be made available to an international audience.

These multimedia presentations, that combine a variety of communicative elements within a narrative structure, have inspired us to make our own digital stories. After a wonderful workshop given by Pia Lumme (Finland), from Finnoschool, all teachers that are part of project PICS have started working with their pupils on digital stories. Check te result on our webpage soon!

Have your heard about a QR Code?    

QR Code

They come to us from Japan where they are very common. QR is short for Quick Response (they can be read quickly by a cell phone). They are used to take a piece of information from a transitory media and put it in to your cell phone. You may soon see QR Codes in a magazine advert, on a billboard, a web page or even on someone’s t-shirt. Once it is in your cell phone, it may give you details about that business (allowing users to search for nearby locations), or details about the person wearing the t-shirt, show you a URL which you can click to see a trailer for a movie, or it may give you a coupon which you can use in a local outlet.

The reason why they are more useful than a standard barcode is that they can store (and digitally present) much more data, including url links, geo coordinates, and text. The other key feature of QR Codes is that instead of requiring a chunky hand-held scanner to scan them, many modern cell phones can scan them.

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