I had the idea to do my video based on Bell Let’s Talk Day about a week before the date when I saw it promoted. I was scrolling on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media websites when I saw these promotions. Many people were involved without them directly knowing it. They were connected without being connected. My idea for my digital story began is evolve as a result as this day is near and dear to my heart.
This experience made me feel a whole plethora of emotions. I felt inspired when I first thought of the idea, overwhelmed when I did not know what direction I wanted the story to go in, motivated when I started putting the pieces together, and proud when the finished product was complete, just to name a few. My apprehension diminished and my confidence grew as my picture for my digital story came together and I started to feel a clear sense of direction. My confidence, knowledge, and effectiveness grew as the process went on and I was able to really take time to dig deep into what I wanted to final product to look like and what the message was I wanted to send.
This experience made me think about the role I want mental health and wellbeing to play in my future career whether that is in the classroom or another educational role. I also think it is extremely beneficial for students to have this experience of seeing a process all the way through until the end because for me it invoked such a proud and accomplished sense of ownership over my piece. I learned more about myself and grew through this process not only with using the media tools that I did, but also what I am passionate about. The vlogging style of filming worked best for me because I did not have a tripod and it also allowed me more freedom with my shots. The screencasting also worked for me because it had a powerful effect with my voiceover in the background. Finally, getting my peers involved worked well because it told the story that mental health does in fact affect everyone, not just me.
Next time, I would probably change up the morning routine shots a bit, as I felt some of them were not as clean as I would have liked them. I would also be sure to record all of my voiceovers at the same time so that the audio volume stays consistent. I have formed the opinion that I wish I pushed myself more in my daily life to be creative and play around with not only digital storytelling, but media creation in general, because I am proud of the pieces I have created over the course of professional year. The experience of digital storytelling will affect my career path because it makes me passionate about learning more from Helen and about digital storytelling during my upcoming Masters of Education program. I will also be sure to include digital stories in the classroom if that is where I indeed end up. I have already used WeVideo two other times aside from in MDL4000, and I have grown quite fond of its features and user-friendly elements. Therefore, I will use this in future endevours. I also will be sure to use QuickTime for all future screencasting, as I was surprised at how easy and efficient it was to use. I believe that everyone has a story, and through the use of digital storytelling it allows us to share these stories in a unique, creative, and capturing way.