Discover. Play. Create.

Part I: Familiarize

  • Why Digital Storytelling?
    • Higher Order Thinking
      • Visualizing
      • Making Connections
      • Drawing Conclusions
      • Inferencing
      • Determining Importance
      • Synthesizing
      • Evaluating
    • 6 + 1 Traits Presentation Tool
      • 21st Century Presentation Style
      • More room for creativity and originality
      • Audience connections
      • Allows further development of Ideas, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, and Conventions
    • More reasons
      • Easy to differentiate
      • Highly Motivating
      • Engaging the kids with tools they may already use
      • Promotes active learning / intrinsic motivation

    • Multiple Modalities in Education
      • Engages different learning styles
      • Engages Multiple Intelligences
      • Promotes emotional learning which engages Long Term Memory
      • Adapts easily to different levels of learners from basic to complex
      • Color, Sound, Movement, Creativity, Novelty, and Sophistication involved on the many levels of Digital Storytelling all engage EMOTION, which drives ATTENTION, which in turn drives LEARNING, which ultimately drives PERFORMANCE.

  • Click on Digital Storytelling from the Left Sidebar Menu
  • Under "Description," choose a couple of links and read about what Digital Storytelling is.
  • Depending on the size of the group, have a discussion with either your neighbor or the whole group about what you discovered.
  • From "Digital Storytelling" in the Left Sidebar Menu, look at some of the Examples.
  • Search iTunes for multiple examples and free resources. Go to store. Search: Digital Story / Digital Storytelling

Part II: Analyze

  • From the left hand sidebar menu, click on Digital Storytelling. Scroll down to the section called Handbooks and Manuals. There are several guides to assist you as you begin to learn about Digital Storytelling and how it can be used in your classroom.
  • Below the Handbooks and Manuals section are some examples of Digital Stories. Some of these were made using some of the tools that are available under the "Visual List of Tools " or "Resources " section. There are many other examples of Digital Stories, such as those we looked at in iTunes, as well as through searches in popular Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Ask.
  • There are several tools listed directly on the Digital Storytelling page that may be helpful as you get started with Digital Storytelling.
  • Below that is a more comprehensive set of Digital Story Web 2.0 Tools that cover many facets of the digital publishing process.
  • Between the tools that are on the main page and the comprehensive set of tools that are on the Advanced Tools page, click on some of the links provided and start to become familiar with what is available.
  • Before we wrap up our workshop, try to find something that you think will have (or will eventually have) classroom relevance for you.
  • Additionally, at the bottom of the Digital Storytelling page, there are links for Assessment of Digital Stories. One of the links provides examples of rubrics other teachers have used and another link is to a website where you can easily create your own rubrics that will be specific to your students, your needs, and your parameters for your Digital project.

*To prepare for the next section, you may want to bring a flash drive with pictures, video, stories and/or poems you've written, or have online access to that content. You will also be free to be creative and create content for whatever you decide your Digital Story will look like.

Part III: Apply and Generate

  1. If necessary, please review any of the information from Day One if you need to re-familiarize yourself.
  2. On the left side menu, there is a section called Video Tutorials that may be helpful to you.
  3. All of the tools that you looked at when you began the workshop are in the Digital Storytelling, Visual List of Tools , or Resources sections of the left side menu. Continue to explore the tools and become familiar with at least a couple of them so that you can effectively show your students how they work.
  4. It isn't important to know all the facets of a lot of different tools. Remember that your students will enjoy playing with these tools as well and sometimes the best learning opportunities come from a simultaneous discovery process where you aren't required to know everything. Great discussion (and awesome learning) can come from trouble-shooting problems!
  5. Create your own digital story!
  6. You can construct your Digital Story any way you'd like. It can be a slideshow, a glog, an interactive PowerPoint, a Flickr Stream, etc. It can be set to music, you can record your voice, anything is appropriate.
  7. You may want to consider the following components of creating a Digital Story (from the Handbook Section of the Digital Storytelling page):
  • · Brainstorming: Students share their ideas with others in the class (sometimes called a “story circle”). Peers and instructor ask questions and help each other refine their ideas. (Brainstorming Resources)
  • · Scripting: Students author a 200-300 word script that will become the audio for their stories. Peers and instructor can ask questions and provide feedback on the script as well.
  • · Storyboarding: Using a comic strip format, students show how the words in their scripts will synch up with the images they plan to use in their stories. Time permitting, this is another opportunity for feedback. (Storyboard Resources)
  • · Recording and Editing: This is where the piece comes together
  • · Fine Tuning and Titling: Students add transitions, titles, and credits. It’s important for this to come last, as transitions can change the timing of a piece.
  • · Sharing: It’s important to schedule a final screening so that students can present and discuss their work. This is where some of the most important reflective learning takes place! (Sharing Resources)

*You'll want to consider the elements that you will require of your students. This would be a good time to think about rubrics, 6 +1 traits, individual conferences about writing elements such as audience, punctuation, editing, revisions, peer activities, etc.

Part IV: Share / Engage

  1. We will spend the morning finishing our digital stories, wrapping up loose ends, answering questions, and then share our Digital Stories with the group in the afternoon.
  2. When you show your digital story to the group, please be sure to point out what tools you used, and what some of the main hurdles were that you had to overcome in order to complete your Digital Story. What did you learn in this process?
  3. We will present our Digital Stories to each other.
  4. Before we evaluate what we did, we are going to upload our Digital Stories to a common Wiki so that we can have access to many examples of what Digital Storytelling is.
  5. Please click the following link to add your Digital Story: CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR DIGITAL STORY

Part V: Evaluate


  1. What did you learn from each other?
  2. What value do you see in this style of learning?
  3. What one or two tools will you definitely be able to use in your classroom?
  4. What were you most excited about over the last three days?

Please click the link below to complete the online evaluation: