Tell me a story…

…one that tells me who you are and where you come from.  Tell me about a time in history that made an impression on you.  Show pictures that make me feel like I’ve been there before, or that makes me want to go there in the future.  Play music that expresses the poignancy of a moment.  Tell me in your own words what happened and what it felt like.

Once you have put all of that together you have created a narrative, and if you have put all of that together successfully then you have potentially created a learning object.

After perusing this week’s readings I took a look at a learning object I created in a previous semester.  At the time of making this video I did not realize that what I was creating was a learning object, which I should have, but at the time I was just concerned with completing an assignment which required the use of various web 2.0 tools.

Looking at the video now I cringe a bit at the excessive dialogue, and the sloppy audio editing, and the use and arrangement of the pictures I used.   (And I must say that listening to one’s voice play back like that is a bit uncomfortable.)  I also wonder if I should have made this more of a personal reflection but at the time of creation I was more interested in creating something that resembled a documentary.

Wondering what else I might have done when I previously created this video to add more interest to it, I  looked around the internet this past week to see what else I could have added to my story.

My first stop was MapsGL where I created a map of Mount Saint Helens utilizing the “My Places” feature which allows you to place specific points on the map (you need to sign into your Google account to use it).  There are a bunch of cool features that you can use once you create your map and I took a few screenshot examples.  If you click on the images below it will just take you to a bigger version of the image.  I included links to the actual app in the caption portion of the pictures, and hopefully they work…you might have to enable MapsGL to get it to work, though.  I couldn’t make the links clickable so I’m sorry but you will have to copy and paste the URLs into your browser.

This link should take you to this version of my map. You might have to enable MapGL for it to work.

With this map I clicked the map icon in the upper right of the screen and chose the "Webcam" option

Hopefully this link works right because it looks pretty cool as it zooms you down to street level. Once you are finished playing around with this screen if you click on the little minus sign in the upper left it will take you back to the main screen. To try out this feature yourself grab the little yellow person that will appear in the upper left and drag him down on top of the highway. This only works if you put it down on the road because this follows the video taken by Google street filming.

This is the "Pictures" view and if you notice the little tiny gray squares those are pictures too. Just click on them and they expand and if you double click you are taken to the photo viewer Panoramio

This is an example of the expanded view of one of the picture icons.

The following links lead to various photographs, videos, and information regarding the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens.  There were many more but I figured that this list was probably long enough.  I hope that this story gives you some idea of what it was like to watch these events play out on the news, or in my case the local news because I lived close enough to the mountain to see the cloud plume in the distance.

CVO Photo Archives: Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument  Mount St. Helens 30 Years Ago

USGS Multimedia Gallery:  Mount St. Helens 1980 Ash Cloud as Seen From Space, Mount St. Helens: May 18, 1980, and Mount St. Helens: A Catalyst for Change


Educause Learning Initiative.  (2007).  Seven things you should know about digital storytelling.  Retrieved from

Center for Digital Storytelling.  Retrieved from

Barrett, H.  (2009).  Digital Storytelling: An introduction.  Retrieved from