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Posted on:
May 11, 2012

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For those creating DigiMedia, DigiSites, or DigiText, you will love Wordle.net! With Wordle.net, you type in words (about something you want to represent, emphasize, inform, conceptualize, etc.), hit Go, and choose from endless randomizations of images.

I typed in the following key words for Digital Storytelling Best Practices:

Digital Storytelling, Storyboard, Script, Purpose, Inform, Convince, Provoke, Question?, Audience, First Draft, Narration, Point of View, Storyboard, Visual Layout, Background Music, Cohesiveness, Media, Free Media Resources, Organize Components, Record, Tools, iMovie, Final Cut, Windows Movie Maker, Photo Story, Assemble Media, and Edit.

I don’t know about you but just reading the text is BORING!!! But put these words into Wordle.net and these are two of the countless images I could use!!

Digital Storytelling Best Practices

 

 

 

For more information on Wordle.net go to
http://depts.washington.edu/triolive/wordpress/ttt/archives/791
Have fun Word-el-ing!!!

And for more information on Digital Storytelling Best Practices, the following are great resources!

Center for Digital Storytelling

Developing Digital Storytelling with Students

The Future of Storytelling

Digital Storytelling Best Practices

Learn about TRIO Quest 2012: Free WEBINARS!

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April 26, 2012

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So, you want to participate in TRIO Quest 2012! Because we now have a Google Educational account, it’s easier than ever. No more multiple accounts for Gmail and YouTube. No more changing ownership. I can hear cheers already. To learn about the changes and the ease in participating, listen and view webinars for TRIO Quest 2012 at: http://uwtrio.org/trioquest/webinars/

TQ Entry Submissions: 5 Important Things to Do before Final Submission!

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July 7, 2011

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So you’re almost ready to submit your TRIO Quest entry into the competition. Nice Job! But, before deciding you’re finished, here are 5 things you must do to a) make sure your entry can be judged, b) make sure you are following the rules, and c) make sure the judges will love what you’ve done.

  1. Your site/entry cannot be judged if you haven’t made TQ11 an owner of your Site and your Storyboard. (Note: a Storyboard is only required for DigiMedia and DigiSites.) Therefore, follow the instructions on your activities Google Site Guide and add TQ11 as an owner for your Site(s), and your Storyboard(s).
  2. Complete your Critical Thinking questions. Take care with this; it can add a lot of points!
  3. Make sure to cite your sources. If you are submitting a DigiText, make sure to cite who took your images, even if you took them yourself! And, if you are submitting a DigiMedia, be sure to credit everyone who worked on or with your video (even yourself). And, if you are submitting a DigiSites, cite resources on web pages where used and then reference them on the required Reference page. Without citation, you cannot get into the finals for any TRIO Quest activity!
  4. If you are under 18, remove all last names or personal information. Judges always note when they see last names or other information that could be detrimental to minors. Since the rules say a minor shouldn’t provide personal information, doing so could affect your scores.
  5. Spell check! Judges really do not like misspellings.  And checking is so easy to do! Be sure to perform a spell check before you submit. The judges will be really happy!

These 5 steps will make the judges happy because they know you’ve paid attention to the rules and they will ensure that your site will be judged. Nothing is sadder than seeing someone’s hard work kept from judging because they have not completed a required step.

OHHHH! It doesn’t hurt to check the “Wanna Win? Checklists” (found on our site under Handouts) one last time! You have been using these checklists, right? I hope so because they will help you to meet the rubrics at the highest levels! …Just say’n.

flickr.com/creativecommons/

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June 16, 2011

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You have to know about this resource if you are creating a DigiMedia, DigiSites, or DigiText entry for TRIO Quest 2011! (NOTE: DigiText rewards original images more highly but Creative Commons’ images are acceptable.)

For images that are free to use as long as you follow the guidelines, check out http://flickr.com/creativecommons/.

Once at flickr.com/creativecommons/ you’ll see the various licensed images that everyone can use as long as they follow the Creative Commons license requirements. There are definitions for the licenses in the right column. If you have questions about this, comment to this blog, and I can help.

Be sure to click “(See more)” under each license group and browse through a gazillion pictures. You can narrow the search once you open a  licensed group: for example, open “(See more)” under the Attribution group, enter a term that will help you find the type of image you need and, voila, those images with Attribution licenses appear. NOTE: to the left of the search text box is another drop-down menu to allow you to search “Everyone’s Uploads”, or just “The Getty Images Collection”, and/or just “The Commons”.

Since the flickr creative commons page contains images that can be used freely, be sure to look through each license group for the type of images that you need; then, cite the image you use according to its license.

Again, please make comments if you have other resources or need clarification, etc. To make a comment, click the title of this blog post; it will open a page with a Comment box at the bottom. This is your Blog too! Let’s talk.

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