The Classroom Roundtables at the Forum 2006

Using Technology to Prepare Students for the AP English Exam Presented by Bill Sullivan

Roundtable Description Mindset for Technology Digital Samples Story Prompts
Storyboarding Classroom Management I-Movie Directions Search Tips
Links & Ideas Copyright Information Links for Dialogue Great Sources

Roundtable Description, November 11, 2006:

Technology enhances the AP English classroom and engages the twenty-first century student. Web pages and curricular sites replace paper handouts to support instruction. Meanwhile, technology based assignments vary from web page design to multimedia links to PowerPoint documents that complement literature. Students can also utilize software to create AP style test questions for practice and review. Discuss methods for integrating technology into your classroom and discover computer-based assignments that will develop students' analytical skills for success on the AP English Exam.

Click here for a Word copy of the welcoming one page handout.

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English III Honors (this is our AP English track) Student Pages Include:

Period C English III Honors 2005-2006

Lauren Matt Alex Meredith
Sydney Ana Monica Peter
Eric Chris Mr. Sullivan Johnny Poe

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Some other digital samples from my students from the 2005-06 academic year:

Prompts for digital stories and poems:


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Adjusting Students' (and adults') Mindsets When Using Technology in the Classroom

Adjusting Mindsets; explain and discuss:

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Classroom Management:

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Seven Elements of a Digital Storytelling

The Center for Digital Storytelling set an interesting criteria that incorporates the aspects of multimedia. Because multimedia presents so many different ways to present a story, as useful guideline such as this one will help channel and focus students' energies and ambitions.

They have synthesized these seven elements as a way to channel diverse backgrounds and approach the digital storytelling process with a good general guideline. I have had students make I-movies, and I will now begin criteria conversations with these seven elements. The fun begins when you open the floor to students to create the class standards before the project begins.

In the interest of time and convenience, click here for a boiled down version of CDS' seven elements:

  1. Point of View
  2. Dramatic Question
  3. Emotional Content
  4. Gift of Your Voice
  5. Power of Soundtrack
  6. Economy
  7. Pacing

Brainstorming and Outlining a Digital Story

Click here for a great storyboard outline (pdf file) designed by John Lambert.

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Directions for I-Movie. Before you begin, it is good to sit back and evaluate some I-Movie skills and techniques that you probably already possess. I-Movie operates with a click and drag environment. You will also be working with the Palette and Timeline, so it is important that you understand those features as well as the concepts of importing (images, sound, etc) and Sharing (sometimes referred to as export in previous versions of I-Movie). That's it; now start!

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NB Links and Ideas to prompt reflections and conversations:

General discussion on incorporating technology in a meaningful way; how do these figures speak to your comfort for learning new technology environments? What is are the capabilities of your students to help show your new steps in technology?

General Discussion on Digital Storytelling:

Other Multimedia Links:

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Search Tips: try these links on the web to gather multimedia images, files, etc, for your digital story:

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Copyright Information:

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Great Source: I began collecting information about digital storytelling from John Lambert, Dana Atchley, Nina Mullen, The Center for Digital Storytelling: They have a great web page in which they present the fundamental steps with the metaphor of a cookbook and display a great movie example as a type of recipe as a goal for the showing the multimedia potentials. This center and subsequent Digital Storytelling Association has been at the core of the digital movement for some time.

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