The project team from Loughborough University, supported by the software developer Duncan Rowland, has just released a web application to make digital stories that can be used from multiple devices (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, computers) and with various operating systems (such as iOS, Windows, Android).
The WebApp is available on the internet via this link:
A step-by-step guide to using the DICHE App can be downloaded from SlideShare: https://www.slideshare.net/tessela/a-stepbystep-guide-to-using-the-diche-app
The DICHE WebApp allows narrated videos to be simply produced from audio recordings and photos and is designed to promote the 4Cs: Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration. The last of these, Collaboration, is facilitated through the Dropbox platform and this can be used in a variety of ways:
1) By issuing a “File Request” (e.g. http://lncn.eu/pqy5).
A teacher, with a Dropbox account can create a file request on the Dropbox website and share the link with their students. Students without Dropbox accounts can then upload material by following the link. Note: a student will still need access to a Dropbox to login to the DICHE WebApp.
2) By sharing a Dropbox account.
A new Dropbox account can be created and shared with the class and a new folder created for each student or group. Each new Dropbox account will require a new email address to be created (e.g. http://mail.com). This is needed because a teacher should not link their existing email address to the class account for reasons of security (https://www.dropbox.com/help/9035).
3) Multiple teacher owned Dropbox accounts.
If students are younger than 13 then they are not officially allowed to own a Dropbox account (https://www.dropbox.com/terms). Instead, a teacher can create multiple accounts (as per #2), one for each student or group. In this case, ‘shared folders’ can be created so that students can share resources.
4) Student owned Dropbox accounts.
Students aged 13 and older may be allowed to create their own Dropbox accounts and share resources with each other (as per #3).
Although technically a ‘Social Media Platform’, Dropbox is primarily used for sharing files and collaborating over resources and more advanced students may like to investigate the possibilities afforded.
Once images and a narrative audio file have been uploaded to Dropbox, students can login to the DICHE WebApp using a set of Dropbox credentials as above. This will allow the available media to be added to the project, stories constructed, video rendered and ultimately downloaded ready for sharing.
<<The next step for us will be to develop a framework to assess the 4Cs at the end of the ‘story-making process’ and to link that to the WebApp, so to give teachers a tool to evaluate students’ progress, and to enable the students themselves to reflect on their own experience>>, declares Dr Antonia Liguori, Research Associate in Applied Digital Storytelling at the School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University. <<At the moment we are looking at ways of applying/adapting the Bloom’s taxonomy to assess the learning process facilitated by the digital storytelling methodology, and we are going to test it and monitor how students enhance the 4Cs in cultural and heritage education>>.
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