Week 4: Digital Story Critique

YouTube Link:   Digital Storytelling – Student Perspective

Story: This was completely not what I expected. I think, since it said “student perspective” that I envisioned a passionate kid or student showing and voicing what he/she liked about digital storytelling, how it was impactful, how they want teacher to use this avenue for student learning….it was uploaded 2009. There were substantive statements from the student, but they were lost in the doldrums…yawn, can we go to recess now? Media Application: The music is fitting, jazzy & upbeat. However, the entire 2:20 minutes is nothing more than a black background with statements appearing in colored letters ending in white lettering. I took snapshots of two statements that scrolled. Tell me there could not have been some other type of media to support those statements or perhaps pleas.  Sense of Audience:I got bored REALLY fast, and fast forwarded the clip, thinking/hoping there was going to be a fabulous movement from the mundane to exciting…but alas, it droned on.

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So….why didn’t the student use visuals? Why didn’t the student speak? From the stats, not very many people have seen it…so it was not a smash and did not go viral. Not only that, over 25% of the people that viewed it gave it a thumbs down.

I cannot help but look through the lens of English Language Learners…really take this to…any language learner. How much more effective could it have been if the student did narrate, if the student did have visuals to represent his/her words? I went back and changed the like/dislike count.

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On the positive side…it is good to see what not to do. Seven years have gone by. Maybe the student had limited resources…I don’t know that. Too many words, no variation, lacked voice, lacked incorporating the senses, lacked excitement (unless the reader got really animated while reading the scrolling statements!). I’m quite sure I stand beside this student in many ways if you were to pull up and look at my “creations”.

My closing thoughts…I’m going to look for a different student perspective that shows and promotes digital storytelling, in a more dynamic way, in the meantime…(note to self)




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