Let the iPad Tell a Science (Digital) Story Roger Pence, Benicia USD

Let the iPad Tell a Science
(Digital) Story
Roger Pence, Benicia USD
Touro University California
Some things we’ll cover
Digital Storytelling in Science?!
What makes this a STEM learning (as opposed to
playing) activity?
Where’s the rigor?!
How are students engaged and motivated?
What Common Core and NGSS standards does DS meet?
What ISTE NETS-S are covered in DS?
What is a common classroom workflow/timeframe?
What are alternative apps to iMovie?
Let’s see some student samples and a sample creation
“live” DS right before our eyes!!
What’s so special about DS on an
Simple , touch interface
Like using a giant iPhone
All components of DS are
Device is very portable
(helps immensely when
recording a script)
May well be they way
people collaborate in the
As Opposed to this…Classroom Digital
Storytelling Set-up (where many of us
still are!)
What makes this a STEM learning
Content research can be as
challenging (and
connected) as the instructor
wants to make it.
Requires concise writing and
revision to work as a script
Many different skills can be
practiced and woven together
to make a whole
Authentic collaboration to
achieve a goal.
Incorporates tech integration
in producing the product
STEM (multi-disciplinary) is
really how scientists work
most of the time!
The iPad is the tool, learning
STEM is the goal
Learn/demonstrate science
visual literacy
Learn to speak in a
presentation voice
Provides an opportunity for
peer review and critique
Digital Storytelling Across the
Curriculum – Bernajean Porter
Where’s the rigor?!
Research prompts can
define content
Students can be challenged
to push further than
classroom content
Setting a “visual literacy
bar” can be worth its weight
in gold
Grammar, clarity, and
spoken word skills can be
required and assessed.
How are students
engaged and motivated?
Construct their own
understanding of the
Ownership of final product
Know they’ll share it
Allows social time
Get to pick how they
portray the required
What Common Core standards
does DS meet?
Common Core State Standards at a glance
Reading of informational text
Reading of primary scientific research articles
Paraphrasing and demonstration of comprehension
Writing in expository style
Listening Skills
Speaking skills
Why in Science?!
Science is visual, is itself a
story, and has many stories of
people involved in thinking.
cross-curricular connections and
meaningful context
Pictures can convey abstract
meaning that words alone may
Gives kids an engaging,
challenging and fun way to learn
science and do research.
Cultivates visual literacy (what
makes a particular picture
especially effective at telling the
Next Generation Science Standards
Cross-curricular connections
between science, math,
history, art, language arts
Authentic pathway to STEAM
(where A is for Arts)
Allows for students to create
visual and auditory
explanations of science
Cultivates respect for the
practices of scientists as
discoverers and seekers of the
They can practice science
Science Story Ideas
Newton’s Laws of Motion and me
Time-lapse studies
Solids, Liquids and Gases in my life
The science behind technology
Predator/prey relationships from their point
of view
Survival in a biome
A scientist I know
Women in science
African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos in
Envision a future space mission
Research past space missions
Cross-Disciplinary Ideas…
Science-related legislation
Biome studies
Stories about water, water
resources, water wars in the
west, etc.
Exploration of new lands
What happens to all our old
tech stuff? (recycling,
hazards, etc.)
Ocean exploration
Ocean fisheries preservation
• Opinion pieces about
environmental/societal issues (could
work with PBL):
• damming a river
• building a new shopping center
that disrupts habitat
• increasing production at an
agricultural site
• widening a major road
Math Story Ideas
Mathematics of space travel
Development of calculus
Fractals in nature
Mathematics in ancient
Building of the pyramids
Scale and numbers
Measuring the universe
Engineering Story Ideas
Wind power
Solar energy
Biomedical engineering
Nuclear power
Transport systems
Technology Story Ideas
Agricultural technology
Computer studies
Electric cars
Electricity generation
Digital photography
Movie special effects
Sound recording and
Medical technology
Resources and Sample
Ideas for Stories
Session Handouts and Tutorials for using
Photostory 3, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie,
and iMovie on iPad on
Copyright Concerns
Students need to be aware that they may be using
copyrighted material.
Fair Use in Education
Portions of (often 10% of length) of songs
Portions of movie clips
Usually 5 or less images from one artist/photographer
Cyberbee: http://www.cyberbee.com/cb_copyright.swf
Students can learn to respect others’ original work!
What is a common classroom
DAY ONE: Assign topic, do
basic research notes, fact
DAY TWO: Write, revise,
proofread script, show DS
practice script start
pen/paper storyboard or
“Storyboarder” app
storyboard, begin compiling
images on Camera Roll,
practice voice narration
DAY FOUR: Add images
sufficient for length of
voiceover, record voiceover,
adjust images to fit
DAY FIVE: Final polishing,
adjust sound, add
background music/sounds,
add titles and transitions
DAY SIX: Share and critique
Digital Story Processes
Student Samples
Friendship 7
Earnest O Lawrence
Mystery Scientist
iPhone Minerals
The Giant Dipper
Surfing and Newton’s Laws
Bhopal Disaster
Minimata Bay Disaster
Sample Classroom Handouts
and Note Prompts
Digital Storytelling Checklist
Sample Storyboard
Adopt-River DS research
The History of Mars
Mineral to Market Note
Scoring Rubric
Let’s explore the iMovie workspace
and make a quick sample
Gather some images and save to Camera Roll
2 Write Script (time for later), storyboard Open iMovie on
3 Choose New Project
4 Import images into iMovie (adjust length for script)
5 Record script
6 Add effects and background sound
7 Export to Camera Roll for sharing
Resources, Tutorials,
and Alternatives
iPad iMovie Tutorial (Youtube)
WeVideo: an online, collaborative video editor –
http://www.wevideo.com/education $149 for 50
students per semester
Pinnacle Studio app
Avid Studio
Thanks for your time and attention.
Happy Science Storytelling!
[email protected]