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Reader’s Theater, Final Cut

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

So here is the final cut to my reader’s theater project. It was a lot of fun to produce, and the kids really enjoyed it. Despite many takes you can hear them snickering and laughing throughout the reading. I tried to get a take with no laughing, but failed, and I am not talented enough to erase that from the background, but since this was a project for the kids, I felt it really just showed that they were having fun. I would like to have had them on video, but was concerned about the security of putting their faces on the internet. In the end, I think this is a cute project that the kids really enjoyed. Originally it was about 20 minutes long, so the 6.5 minute story is cut a little short at the end. I hope you enjoy it.

Using the “Ken Burns Effect”

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

My reader’s theater project uses primarily avatars and still images to avoid putting the faces of my third graders on the internet. Because I’m not using real video, I needed to create some kind of motion in the clip to keep the eyes interested in watching. Try watching 7 minutes of still photos blinking on and off the screen. The best way to do this is something called the Ken Burns Effect. This method uses pan and zoom on still images to create the illusion of motion. I have included a small sample of the final project here which demonstrates the use of the Ken Burns Effect.

Reader’s Theater Introduction

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I have been working on my reader’s theater project and have completed an introduction video that will start the production. I thought I would share it with everyone.

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First Reading

February 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I am currently working on a Reader’s Theater similar to the one in the first post of this blog.  Here is the first reading of three of my little stars.  They are reading the introductory information about Davy Crocket, who is the subject of the play.

First Read

for those who don’t have flash, you can hear the audio here.

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A Neat Digital Story

February 5, 2011 1 comment

While searching for a digital storytelling model that I could use for creating one of my own I came across this fun reader’s theater production.  In my own classroom we’ve been doing some reader’s theater recently and the kids really enjoyed being a part of the story.  This production uses simple still images to convey the scene for the play, and the students have an opportunity to see their production. In this case originality is not the focus of the piece, as discussed by Ohler (2008) sometimes careful research can sometimes be more important than originality.

In my class we’ve also been working with using images to help us sequence a story in order to improve comprehension.  I believe allowing students to find and sequence the still images that are used for their digital readers theater would be a great way to help them push this skill one step further.  Given the time and opportunity students might even be able to create their own images,  and have them used in place of stock photos.  While this video is quite simple in scope, avoiding video and using pictures, it would be well within the capabilities of my third grade class, with guidance from the teacher.  As Ohler (2008) suggests, video can be very expensive and time consuming.

References

Ohler, J. B. (2008). Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press

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