Telling a story using images and words
Last Friday a colleague gave me a giant zucchini. What a thoughtful and practical gift. So I set about working out what to do with a giant zucchini. So I started with a pointers board of giant zucchini recipes to help out those who often find themselves the recipient of overgrown, slightly humorous vegetable gifts. Pinterest is free and a great way to compile resources and references for visual learners. The best thing is students can create their own boards - if they are over 13 - or access yours and the images are referenced automatically. By clicking on the image and you are sent to the original source - a great way to provide differentiated levels of exploration and for those who want to know more about what they are interested in the choice to. So here is my zucchini recipe board link; https://www.pinterest.com/shellywhs/what-to-do-with-a-giant-zucchini/
So what now? I had my giant zucchini and my Pinterest board full of inspiration. It was time to get cooking and to share that with my kind green thumbed colleague. So I set the parameters of showing her my masterpiece of cooking skill through the medium of imagery. I opted to take 6 images and convert them into a story with no more than 3 sentences so she could bask in my greatness but also get on with her hectic day. Using the free App Steller I logged in and created my story - all the while looking like a design pro thanks to the App! I find when asking students to tell stories clear parameters around length, image requirements, word usage and time to create are all essential in setting up challenge based story telling that allows them a sense of freedom and creativity to tell a story in a digital literacy format. Stay tuned for the result soon...