Week 4 Story Critique

Ok, so I found this article that I am really excited about.  Technically it is an article about digital story telling, and not so much a story.  But, I chose to use it because it ties in SO well with my theme-so bear with me.

The article is titled A Reflection: Trials of Using Digital Storytelling Effectively with the Gifted and there is an access point through ERIC that has the abstract and the digital download here!

The article itself is really well done.  I wanted to go a step further and see where the article lead me.  In one of the suggested articles I found this video.  This is a website created to help you start with digital story telling.

I found here that this video uploaded is not the best example.  I wanted to rate this particular video for the digital story telling aspects that the author discusses in the Reflection article and the woman in the video is boasting about.

  1. What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

The involvement in this video is pretty linear.  This woman is talking about engaging content and links and yet she doesn’t have any of these.  She simply has pictures flashing on her right while her video plays.  There is no interactive content that goes with the video, she doesn’t really have audience involvement, it is more of a lecture.

2. How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

I believe the narrative development, although this was not technically a story, was weak.  I could tell that she had a list of items in mind that she wanted to talk about.  After she filmed the video she simply googled some images that went with points throughout the story.  Video editing was non existent.  She did this in one take, even when she stumbled a little bit, she kept rolling.  Audio recording and editing were also not seen here.  She just used the track to record video and took the sound right from that.  There was no background music or any other dimension in the video.

3. What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

Unfortunately for this video there wasn’t much.  As you can see below the video itself did not have any embedded links or links using the youtube editing software that is shown when you upload a video.  To the left of the video are “related articles,” but these are related to the site as a whole NOT this particular video.  Below you can see “Interesting Quotes” and further down are “websites, resources, articles and handouts.”  These are a little helpful, but again don’t directly relate to the video and pull me away from the video to get them.background

b24. Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

Based on these literacy dimensions I would have made some major changes to this page.  First of all engagement, the video is talking about how to make and engaging story, but the video itself is BORING.  I would have used all of the advice given in the video to make this video again.  Using examples to split up the woman talking, showing video over her voice, allowing the viewer to hear the explanation while simultaneously seeing it in action on the screen.  I would also embed links both in youtube and below the video.  That way the viewed could pause the video and follow the link or wait until the end and find the link that interested them.



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