Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Digital Story

Digital Storytelling is a powerful way for your students to express their creativity. It's more than just a product, it's also about the process. Let me explain...

My grandfather, Roy Grice (I call him "Grampa"), is 96 years old. Last week I had a unique opportunity to travel with him down to San Diego to see the USS Midway, a retired aircraft carrier, now turned into a floating museum at the Navy Pier in San Diego, CA.

While we explored the ship, it brought back memories of his days in the Navy. Thankfully I was able to record some of his recollections and put them together into the podcast embedded below. While the recording probably has more value to me and my family, it also offers a glimpse into one man's view of history - as he experienced it.

It's important to me, that his stories live on after he is gone. With the digital tools available today, recording and sharing those stories is now easier than ever.

While editing this podcast together I must have listened to it more than a dozen times. By going through this process I know I'll retain much more of what Grampa told me - more than I ever would have just listening to him tell it to me once. Plus, I'll be able to go back to it as often as I want.

What digital stories could your students share?

Listen to Grandpa's Story...

The USS Midway Museum

"Grampa" next to a milling machine in the USS Midway machine shop.

Technical Info:
  • Audio edited using iMovie and exported as a .aif file. (I didn't have a voice recorder, so I used a camcorder to capture the audio.)
  • Converted to .mp3 using Audacity.
  • Mp3 file uploaded to GCast.


Martha said...

I enjoyed your digital story. What a treasure to have that recorded history.

David said...

Great to listen to your grandpa's recollections, especially since I've met him on a number of occasions.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed listening to your podcast. A few months before my dad died, he and my brother went to Great Lakes Naval Base to see my nephew graduate. My Dad served in the Navy during WWII, my brother was off the shores of Cambodia during that war, and there was a possibility of my nephew eventually going to Iraq. Many memories were shared. How wonderful it would have been to have it recorded.