Welcome back

I hope you all had a great Spring Break, and are ready for the last big push to the end of the semester.  Before you know it, we’ll be finished and the oppressive summer heat will be upon us!

Hopefully when you read this, I’ll be with my new baby. 🙂  Gretchen agreed to cover for me today, knowing I would need some rest. You’ll have to thank her for me.

I got all your assignments graded.  Well, at least the ones that were on your websites and made public so I could read them.  Most of you did a really great job.  I’ll discuss them with you individually on Friday.

Research participation opportunity.

Many of you use social networks often (I know, because I see you use them in class).  A couple researchers in our field are looking at the use of social networks by college students.  They would like to get more data from US students.  If you are interested, you can fill out this survey.  You will need to enter the password: social.  It is entirely voluntary, and if you are interested in your rights as a research participant, just let me know and I’ll give you that information.

Digital Story Telling Continued

Now that you have all your pictures from spring break, take the day to work on your digital stories.  Review the list of available tools on last Friday’s blog post and decide what you will use to tell your story.  This is your last chance to get help with your tool, so let Gretchen know if you have any questions using the software.

Also, your digital story is due at the beginning of class on Friday, march 25th. Here are the directions for submitting your work. Please make sure NOT to wait until the last minute!!

  1. First, create a Creativity and Innovation page
  2. Then, on that page, write a short description of your story
  3. Finally, follow these exporting directions:

Here’s how to add your video to your Creativity and Innovation page (it depends on what tool you chose):

Photostory: You’ll follow these directions to save for “playback on your computer” and then you’ll add the resulting .wmv file as an attachment at the bottom of your digital storytelling page.

iMovie: Follow these directions to upload your movie to YouTube. Then, copy the url for your movie in YouTube, open your digital storytelling page, select “Insert” from the dropdown menu, then select “YouTube video” and paste the YouTube url in the provided textbox. This will embed your movie directly on your digital storytelling page. (You don’t have to put it on YouTube – let me know if you want different directions).

MovieMaker: Watch this tutorial to export your movie. (You’ll want to watch the section of the tutorial that starts at about 1:30). Save the exported file and then attach it to the bottom of your digital storytelling page.

VoiceThread: Login and go to “MyVoice” to select your video. Click on the Menu at the top left of the screen and choose “Share.” Click the “Embed” button and then the “copy this” button that appears in the new window. This copies the url for your video to your computer’s clipboard. Link to this url on your digital storytelling page.

Storybird: Follow these directions for publishing your StoryBird. Click on “Share Story.” You will want to narrate it with Jing, and embed that video just as you did with your communication and collaboration commercial.


No class Wednesday. Work on your project independently.  The labs will be open if you want to use a tool that’s only on the lab computers.

Come prepared to present on Friday.  Bring some popcorn and snacks if you want. 🙂

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