Lesson 3.5: Digital Storytelling
- To understand the various ways stories can be told through digital mediums.
Activate Prior Knowledge
Powtoon Video: What is Digital Storytelling?
Read about how digital storytelling changed the way Kristy Andre teaches. See an example of one of her students' projects, and learn some simple steps for guiding your students through a digital writing project:
Questions for Reflection:
- What do you think are the benefits and challenges of doing a project like this?
- What about digital storytelling has the power to change how we teach?
- Are there places in your curriculum where you could invite your students to create video/film stories?
The Most Dangerous Game from Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
Check out other examples from the same website HERE.
Below is another beautiful example of digital storytelling. As you watch, think about how digital storytelling can be used to enhance students' poetry and memoir writing.
We are an image and video-driven world. We watch videos to learn, to socialize, to travel, and to be entertained. We create videos to teach, to connect, to share experiences, to illuminate injustice, and to bring laughter and joy. Videos have become the primary way we connect and share our humanity.
We may not all read novels, but we all love stories. Our students love stories too, and they want to tell them. So why not invite our young writers to create and share digital stories? Yes, the technology can be challenging (for us) to figure out, but this is probably the most relevant and engaging kind of storytelling we can bring into our classrooms.
Before working with the technology, students plan and compose their text as they would for any other writing project. They attend to craft and tone and language and all those great writing skills we want them to demonstrate. They create polished scripts and then begin to envision how media will enhance the meaning of their work. They become artists, designers, and filmmakers as they piece various components together to make their story engaging. They also develop speaking skills and fluency through practice and rehearsal. These are layers of engagement, creativity, and personal development that extend far beyond traditional text-only story writing.
Deepen Your Understanding
Now that you have completed lesson 5, revisit your understanding of the learning targets. Consider what new understandings you now have, and develop your initial understandings based on the lesson materials.
How could you incorporate digital storytelling into your classroom? What options could you offer students for creating and sharing their stories using diverse media and technology?