Digital Storytelling

  • ELA Common Core Anchor Standard 7 for Reading English Language Arts Standards » College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading

    Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats,
    including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. 

    Student Literacies

    Digital Storytelling by students provides a strong foundation in many different types ofliteracy, such as information literacy, visual literacy, technology literacy, and medialiteracy. Summarizing the work of several researchers in this field, Brown, Bryan andBrown (2005) have labeled these multiple skills that are aligned with technology as“Twenty-first Century Literacy,” which they describe as the combination of:

    • Digital Literacy – the ability to communicate with an ever-expanding communityto discuss issues, gather information, and seek help;

    • Global Literacy - the capacity to read, interpret, respond, and contextualizemessages from a global perspective
    • Technology Literacy - the ability to use computers and other technology toimprove learning, productivity, and performance;

    • Visual Literacy - the ability to understand, produce and communicate throughvisual images;

    • Information Literacy - the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information.

    Elements of Storytelling: Point of View, Dramatic Question, Emotional Content, Voice, Soundtrack, Economy, and Pacing
    Types of Stories: Personal Narratives, Historical Retelling, Persuasion or Call to Action, Instruct on Concept or Skill 
    Robin, B. The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling. University of Houston (Retrieved February 15, 2013)
    Digital Storytelling in Four Parts  - Check out the information on copyright and fair use. More info on this topic above
    A good story with a compelling question can make a great digital story. Conversely, technology can make a bad story a painful and time consuming experience for all concerned. Teaching critical questioning techniques is important. What is an essential question? Here is a resource that can help -
    It doesn't have to be complicated - Click here to see how simple it can be
    Sometimes you just get lucky and find that one stop shopping resource. Click here for some tools, resources and examples.
    Easy to Learn Tools
    PowerPoint - Leave the bullets at home and turn a Power Pointless into a compelling digital story! Read more...
    How to Create Digital Animation with PowerPoint - Great step by step guide for using custom image backgrounds. Add a little text, voice and soundtrack combined with the other critical elements for a great digital story.
    iMovie - Part of the iLife suite and on every Mac computer in the District!
    Story Jumper - Publish your own children's book.
    Tools to Connect Storyteller with their Audience
    Connect artifacts to digital stories with QR or Quick Response codes. Read more... 
    Short article with lots of ideas for using QR codes