(cross-posted from Storychasers.org)

Storychasers is delighted to announce FOUR upcoming iPad-based digital storytelling workshops in Oklahoma, in October, November and December 2013. Each full-day workshop is BYOD (bring your own iPad) and runs from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The cost is $99, but for an additional $20 participants can stay for an additional hour of training and receive a “digital backpack” of equipment valued originally at $250. Participants purchasing the discounted digital backpack of equipment must agree to share at least ONE student-created video on our website (storychasers.tv) in the three months following their workshop. The digital backpack equipment (which is excess inventory from our past 2-day digital storytelling workshops) includes:

  1. a digital camera
  2. a digital voice recorder
  3. a USB headset
  4. a 2 GB flashdrive
  5. A digital camera SD card
  6. A logo’ed backpack


The iPad-based digital storytelling workshop training participants will receive will be fantastic on its own, but the opportunity for each participant (yes, just ONE digital backpack per person) to receive this equipment is a great deal. Each workshop is limited to just 25 participants, so register online as soon as possible to reserve your place. Members of the Canadian Valley Technology Consortium can receive a $10 per person discount. (Contact Don Wilson or Scott Charlson for the promotional discount code.)

These are the workshop titles, dates and descriptions, which are also listed on the newly redesigned Storychasers’ website. Online registration is available via EventBrite, and purchase orders are accepted. (Click SHOW OTHER PAYMENT OPTIONS and choose PAY OFFLINE to use a school PO.)

Narrated Slideshows and Screencasts with the iPad (Wed Oct 9)

educreations-app-150ee-150Narrated Slideshows include still images with accompanying audio narration, and may also include annotations which make the videos into screencasts. In this workshop, participants will learn to use the free iPad app EduCreations to create narrated slideshows/screencasts, as well as the commercial (and much more flexible/powerful) iPad app Explain Everything. Participants will also learn to use the free YouTube Capture app for iPad to upload videos to a professional YouTube channel.

iPad Quick Edit Videography (Wed Oct 23)

imovie-iosyoutube-captureParticipants in this workshop will learn “Quick edit videography” techniques with the iPad. These involve capturing/recording video using the iPad camera app and editing/splicing short videos using iMovie for iPad. Participants will also learn to use the free YouTube Capture app for iPad to upload videos to a professional YouTube channel.




Intermediate iPad Digital Storytelling (Sat Nov 16)

pinnacle-studio-1ipromptParticipants in this workshop will learn more advanced techniques for creating digital stories on the iPad using the commercial app Pinnacle Studio for iPad. Techniques will include adding still image or video clips as “B-roll” footage, adding background music or importing other audio, and using a variety of video transitions. Participants will also learn how to use free iPad teleprompter apps to help in the video production process. These techniques go beyond the digital storytelling / “quick-edit video” possibilities of iMovie for iPad, and are appropriate for intermediate or advanced iPad users.


Starting a Student Storychaser Club (Sat Dec 14)

There are lots of wonderful things happening in your school every week, but often those stories aren’t documented and shared with parents and other members of your community. Interactive websites and social media tools, which permit student-created content to be MODERATED by teachers before it’s published publicly, allows schools to create dynamic news websites where students “tell the stories of our community.” In this workshop you will learn how to start a Student Storychasers Club which can provide opportunities for students to develop digital literacy skills alongside traditional literacy skills as school journalists. You will learn (so you can teach your students) how to write and publish short news articles, record audio interviews, and create short “quick edit” videos using iPads. We will use several free iPad apps for this including KidBlog, AudioBoo, and iMovie. Learn how to replicate this successful program at your school!

If you’re attending the Oklahoma Technology Association / EncycloMedia Conference next week on Tuesday Oct 1 and Wednesday Oct 2, please attend our session “Starting a Student Storychasers Club” at 10:15 am in Room 5 of the Cox Convention Center. We hope to empower YOU and your STUDENTS to become “new media journalists” this year using iPads and other kinds of digital technology tools!

You can also contact Storychasers to bring one of these outstanding one-day workshops to your school, conference, or other event.

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