Tonight we worked on Harry's slide show. I purchased a $10 digital camera for Harry from the drugstore. He has been taking photos and then using them to illustrate a digital diary. (Harry is 8 years old). I showed him the basics of how to extract the photos from the camera, how to insert them into PowerPoint, and some basic instruction on PowerPoint.
I walked away from him for about 15 minutes. He discovered a lot of stuff on his own, including how to use the drawing tool to make a drawing (see the last slide) and automatic slide transitions. Now, all I initially showed him was how to insert a photo and how type in text and how to change the background colors. This is a digital native in action. This is a dramatic difference from working with digital immigrants.
Our next task is to add some audio and I think I might use Alan Levine's 50 ways to tell a story next to teach him some web 2.0 ways of telling the story. (And yes, we also need to talk about story structure. He understands a lot of concepts on paper so to speak .. but now will work towards weaving these into the digital exploration.)
Note he also gave the photo of him that I took on our walk the correct creative commons attribution, "photo by mommy." In fact, Harry is being interviewed by a national publication next week about his thoughts on creative commons licensing. When we selected a license for the slideshare, he selected the by/nc. I asked him why, "Because commercials are boring .. "
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