Digital Storytelling in the classroom

More and more, teachers are using technology to help students develop basic writing and language arts skills.  Digital Storytelling has become a hot topic in education for it’s benefits in helping students develop skills in voice, tone, mood, sequencing, cause and effect, planning, and writing.   To use one of Hall’s terms, Digital Storytelling is like composition writing ‘on steroids’  – basically, it’s using multimedia to tell a story or narrative. 

There are a number of websites that provide tips and ideas on how to get started in Digital Storytelling – but I know that there are a lot of unitedstreaming teachers out there who are already doing some fantastic things in the classroom in this area – so I thought I’d open up the discussion to all of you.

Post your thoughts, hints, and lessons learned about Digital Storytelling on this blog.  If we receive enough responses, we’ll put the materials together into a best practices guide and post it on the unitedstreaming website.    

Comments

  1. Jennifer Gingerich

    I have fallen in love with the idea of digital storytelling. The power of combining images, sounds, music, and text to tell a story cannot be underestimated. Students are consumers of digital stories in the form of TV shows, commercials, movies, and computer games. Shouldn’t they also be producers?

    To get sixth grade kids in my district started with this activity I first had them create digital poetry. They wrote a Haiku poem about the season. Then they chose several digital photos, or took some themselves, to piece together using the Ken Burn’s Effect in iMovie. Next they added titles, sound effects, narration, and music.

    Each poem was so unique and delightful the students burst into applause immediately after viewing. The finished products were each 30 seconds, and were produced in three 45 minute class sessions. A very “doable” first project. And the students had the basic skills needed for more in depth projects later in the year.
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