Cray Institute, comments from attendees-
Our workshop had the honor of his teaching for an additional period of time - Eureka! my students will be writing even more this year - they need to make the connections and see their progress as a learner. So many practical hints - transformation to expand the story boarding. Yes, yes, yes!
Jason's re-visioning of an "old tool" [Visual Portrait of a Story diagram] created an epiphany for me; suddenly I was envisioning multiple ways of utilizing this technique with various classes!
Jason's technique/strategy will give me a way to help my students create interesting, relevant stories from their imaginations and experiences.
Although I've actually known all along, I guess I never realized the "character transformation" step in the story-telling cycle. That was definitely an "a-ha" for me.
I have learned that being a good story teller is the key to being a great teacher. Every subject area can be taught through stories . . . . I'm going to practice my story-telling in hopes of becoming a better teacher.
Loved his character, William Tell, and the mentors he met!
I had never thought about digital story-telling in terms of reports or presenting factual information as a story. The examples Jason showed us of student work were astounding, especially the story about metaphor.
Dr. Jason Ohler brought to mind several principles I have known but needed to cement in my memory. All that he said about writing was especially meaningful because he's a techie," not a writing guru, yet he places the importance of the written word before technology.
Now that I observed the visual portrait of a story, I'm excited to try it out on my students. I can't wait to share this information with my colleagues.