Thanks to a tweet from Alec Couros, I joined in a wonderful 60 minute webinar shared by Darren Kuropatwa today about digital storytelling. This session is part of etmooc: A Massive Open Online Course on Educational Technology and Media. Topic #2 of #etmooc (for Feb 3-16) is Digital Storytelling.

In the session Darren shared all the links to his resources in the Google Doc, “Once Upon A Time … we left breadcrumbs.” He also shared another amazing Google Doc for a collaborative activity we did during the session, “Writing Prompts for Teachers & Teacher Candidates.” Here are Darren’s slides that he used during the preso: “Once upon a time…”

For the closing activity of the webinar, Darren asked everyone to go take a short video of “5 Seconds of Beauty,” and then upload the video to his DropBox using DROPitTOme. DROPitTOme is a free service that allows you to, with a password you create, enable other people to directly upload files to a specific folder in your dropbox.

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Using the screensharing feature of Blackboard Collaborate, Darren then showed us how it’s possible to take shared video clips from Dropbox, drop them into iMovie on a Mac, mute the clips, add background audio, add a short intro and outtro text bumper, and publish the video to YouTube directly from iMovie. Here’s the finished video, “etmooc Beauty,” which Darren created and shared DURING our webinar. My video clip was of grass in our backyard in Oklahoma:

This was an amazing webinar and experience for many reasons, and it certainly got me thinking about the BYOD ISTE 2013 session I’m leading, “iOS Mobile Storychasing.” The session description is:

Learn how to use iOS devices to share audio, video, images, and text to create geo-mapped digital stories about places, people, and events.

It was SO wonderful to see an aggregated video, created in realtime, from different parts of the world today. The snow scenes were clear reminders that many of the participants in today’s #etmooc live in Canada! If you have not already, start following the #etmooc hashtag in Twitter, follow @etmooc on Twitter, and subscribe to the etmooc blog in Google Reader or whatever you use as a “feed reader.” This initial etmooc experience runs January 14 to March 27, 2013.

Many thanks to Darren for today’s WONDERFUL presentation, as well as all the other folks “behind the scenes” who facilitated and helped to make this successful!

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