Thursday, November 6, 2014

Last two assignments for EII

Assignment #3: Create a script or storyboard for your final digital storytelling assignment.
  1. Choose a group, or chose to work alone. 
  2. Chose the environmental leader or leaders whose work you choose to highlight with a presentation. Remember, presentations may be audio, video, narrated slideshow or any of the choices listed below. The only requirement is that the presentation play itself (or be staged, if a traditional play or sketch)
  3. Prepare a storyboard or script
  4. Each individual or group member must hand in their own storyboard or script. In the next assignment you will come together to make only one final submission, but for now, you work alone. This is so I can be sure that each of you learns the basic techniques
  5. If making a video, study the You-Tube how-to below, and prepare a storyboard
  6. If making audio or a narrated slideshow, prepare a script
  7. Produce an introduction to your storyboard or script that explains your project, including thesis statement, evidence, and conclusion
  8. Hand in the introduction plus the storyboard or script
  9. Due either Friday before Thanksgiving break or Monday after, by email


Assignment 4:
  1. Research an environmental leader or issue of your choice. You may work in groups or alone. Identify a thesis related to the issue and supporting evidence, as well as the environmental or conservation organizations that are working on the issue. Prepare a video, audio, narrated slideshow, or other media production built around the thesis, providing supporting evidence, highlighting the work of the leader and their organization
  2. Due either the last day of the semester (Friday Dec 12th) or in time for the student conference (Wednesday Dec 10) -- your choice. Student conference participation is optional, but may be recommended for the best products
  3. The options are deliberately wide. Don't get lost in your choices! Pick an issue and format for your presentation that you or your group feel confident you can finalize, and then stick to it.
  4. Use "backwards design" to help structure and outline your presentation, and also to organize your schedule: Start with your topic, and decide on a thesis. Then decide what your want to achieve with this topic and thesis. What is the story that you want to tell, and to whom do you wish to tell it? From that, pick a media format that will best reach your audience, and then organize your schedule so you can deliver a product using this format.
  5. Workshop time will be made available during class hours and by appointment with the instructor so that you can get help with this project. The Quimby Library Media Technician, Ms. Olson, is standing by to help you with video and other formats.
  6. Here is a winning example from last year.

Examples of allowable media:

Video documentary

Video storytelling

Stage plays

Sketch comedy


Traditional video documentary

Narrated slideshows and presentations

Others, after timely negotiation with the instructor

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