The Classroom Roundtables at the College Board Forum 2007

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, October 26, 2007:

Using Technology to Prepare Students for AP English

In many subjects, teachers now use computer technology to engage their students, keeping classroom assignments diverse and current. During this conversation, colleagues will share ways that the Web can enhance AP English Literature, help students succeed in the course, and streamline access to handouts and other reading materials. Among various online tools and techniques, participants will learn about a project in which students interpreted Shakespeare's sonnets for video. They created short, YouTube-style movies with modern takes on the bard's English, sharpening their analytical abilities in the process.

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

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Mike Kirsten Tsuneko Emily Rachel Courtney
Parker Shea Carter Chris Erica Thomas
Harrison Evan Adam JP Carl Joe
Nick Philip Ally Amar Lisa Dani
Kate Nate Reagan Mike Ben Krystle
Charlie Abbie Emily      
      Mr. Sullivan Johnny Poe meaning of life


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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.

Bill Sullivan; last updated October 25th, 2007 return to top