I’m a Mac guy, but my classroom is filled with Windows laptops. That’s usually OK. I have to admit that I still love Microsoft Photostory. It’s an easy to use tool that introduces kids to digital storytelling techniques and options in a painless, I-don’t-need-a-ton-of-tech-knowledge sort of way.
We’re working on Photostories in my classroom. We have been for about a week. Whenever we do anything like this, I like to show kids examples of work completed by other students. In a perfect world, I can find examples of work completed by students in high school, students who are probably a bit more skilled than my middle school kids. I want them to have something to strive for and reach for.
But I’m finding a lot of dead links to files. I’m searching out teacher blogs, wikis and websites. In the searching that I’m doing, I’m finding a lot of spaces where teachers have posted films and photostories and audio files in the past. The teacher pages are still there, although many of them have not been updated for several years and the files themselves are missing; obviously having been taken down.
I can’t find a lot of new content to show my kids.
Completely anecdotal, but is this showing a trend in edtech?
Five or six years ago, teachers were making digital stories with kids using an entire stable full of tools. Audio files, videos, animations, etc were fairly common to find online. Loads of new content could be found every few months.
I’m not finding that anymore and I’m not sure what is happening.
Are teachers doing less multimedia work in their classrooms? Is less of this work being shared online? Have edtech programs changed and teachers concentrating more on tools like Google docs, etc which are not shared as often? Are we working more in walled gardens?
Teachers are sharing more in spaces like twitter, etc, but is there less work being shared out of classrooms?