Getting started

  • what are digital vocational biographies / narratives (??), why should we create one and how can we use them?
  • assessment of own needs for multimedia vocational biography
  • reflecting on own learning and picking out the things they want to highlight
  • looking at other examples
  • finding out how the platform works
  • introduction to different media and file types that can be uploaded to platform
  • Macro-planning

Story telling

  • Why are stories useful?
  • What makes a good story? Listening and looking at examples
  • Practical work on scripting and telling a story – narrative units
  • Taking pictures to illustrate a story
  • Getting to grips with file formats – (jpg, png, tiff etc) and experimenting with simple manipulation of images. (e.g cropping, exposure, intensity, contrast, simple effects etc)
  • Cloud storage and local storage – e.g use of Flickr, iPhoto etc

Using audio

  • telling a story in audio – advantages and disadvantages, painting a picture with words
  • familiarising with equipment
  • speaking into a mic – use of voice
  • storyboarding and telling a story in sound
  • using Audacity or Garage Band to record.
  • editing using Audacity or Garage Band
  • adding sound effects and music – sources, how to add another track, copyright etc
  • storing and exporting audio files

Using video

  • looking at some autobiographical videos, exploring different approaches
  • familiarising with equipment
  • simple storyboarding
  • shooting a short video (without sound)
  • using iMovie or MovieMaker to edit video
  • adding a sound track (music, voice over or sound effects)
  • Shooting a short video with sound
  • adding stills and text
  • tools for annotating videos
  • storing, exporting and sharing video, embed codes etc

Self presentation

  • creating and projecting an image
  • engaging an audience
  • speaking to camera / mic
  • habits and mannerisms
  • appearance, posture

Writing for the web

  • What makes writing for the web different? Linear text vs hyperlinked text
  • Writing in ‘chunks’
  • Stories, opinions, information, persuasion, captions
  • Practical writing

Social Media

  • what do they use already?
  • creating a pinterest board / facebook page / Linked-in profile / Twitter following

Creating presentations

Animation and cartoons

  • Experimenting with some alternative formats that can add an extra dimension to their story
  • Chance to make 2D and / or 3D stop motion of a learning event
  • Opportunity to use animation software (e.g Moovly)
  • Creating a cartoon or comic strip (e.g using Comic Life)

Digital identities

Presentation night / social event

Where next and course evaluation