Week 11 Digital Storytelling With Gingerbob

I am beginning this blog with this digital story about Gingerbob – because though it is the newest one it also includes background info about the older digital stories about his character.  As part of the assignment for this weekly blog – I felt I should create a “new” digital story- and since Gingerbob was nearby – I asked him to perform one more time for my camera….


I had created the first story about Gingerbob several years ago.  It was an assignment to build a multimedia presentation that had an educational focus.  My goal was to create an entertaining and interactive experience for children that would allow them to explore the process of decision making.  I was not completely successful at getting the slides to transition smoothly with the resources available to me at the time.  So, when the assignment for this weekly blog included a digital story creation – I eagerly pulled out the old files and started cleaning them up and loading them into a newer version of PowerPoint.

Gingerbob’s story evolved from a combination of concern over copyright – and fond memories of  playing the Candyland game. I remembered its sugary scenery and playful theme.  We had a tradition of decorating gingerbread houses each holiday season –  so I had a wealth of images that worked for some of the scenes.  Gingerbob was a pillow-like toy that had found his way into our seasonal decorations.  He was perfect for the main role.  I started with PowerPoint by building the slides with the pictures and text.  Once the slides were ready – I inserted links on each page that allowed the user to move through the story at their own rate of speed.  Some of the pages had choices that allowed the reader to decide about an issue.  If the choice was incorrect – then they could go back and try again.  I then saved all of the slides as images in PowerPoint.  Then came the tedious job of getting them in some format that would work on the internet.

This original project took many – many hours – and it was a little quirky – and fairly successful.   – But, when I had a chance to try some of the new technology available in Google sites and Google docs – I found the experience much more rewarding!  And since I had the content ready to go – I was able to concentrate on the action and presentation of the story.


This above was the interactive presentation – but, also there is a link to a short video that flips through the slides and gives an overview of the presentation.  This was done in PhotoStory.  I found the music on musopen.org.


Gingerbob’s second epic feature was about his darker side.  I worked on “Gingerbob’s Life” while I tried to avoid doing my research paper for a course several semesters ago.  I eventually got the research paper done – and, the story was fun.


There are so many great things about digital storytelling and its role in education. Events come alive and there is a richness that engages the senses of a learner in a different way then reading text.  Here is a video that tells the story of the “Orphan Trains” that I made for a course – thank goodness we had a train garden in our back yard –



Transformative Enough?

Last spring I had a chance to watch a video of Renee Hobbs’ session on copyright. It was quite an eye opener and incredibly empowering.

So when I needed to create a multimodal assignment for a class I took over summer session – I approached my selection of images and video with a slightly different focus then I would have before.  I enthusiastically worked with a variety of medium and submitted the following link:


I cited, and quoted, and referenced diligently – but, I am to this moment still a little uneasy about all of the images and video I used to create it. Even after reviewing the resources for this week’s session (and that includes re-watching Renee) – I still am not sure I shouldn’t go back and revisit the work I did on this project.

My goal was to be “creative, innovative and to spread knowledge” – but, was I “transformative” enough?

I would like to be comfortable using copyrighted materials – but, it’s hard to get past the anxiety of breaking copyright law.  A recent post by Tanya Roscorla, “Why Schools Aren’t Safe Harbors for Copyright Infringement” seems to give just cause for my fears.


I hope to spend time reviewing what my classmates contribute to this session’s topic –