Telling a story…digitally.

Digital Storytelling uses digital technology to tell a story.  What story can be told by your students in your curriculum area? For elementary teachers, story telling takes place daily. Teachers read a story, discuss a story, tell a story and listen to many student stories. In a secondary Language Arts class stories are the focus of daily class discussions.  A history lesson of facts and dates becomes a story when you glue all the information together. A science experiment can be a story with a beginning (hypothesis), middle (experiment), and end (conclusion). Mathematical concepts take on a new meaning when put in the context of a story. The Arts allow students to tell a story using music, visuals and theater and many world language skills can be reinforced through stories written in the past, present and future. What is your story?

Stories help learners make connections. Stories foster creativity and communication while building literacy skills across the curriculum. There re many tools used for digital storytelling and lessons that use digital storytelling in various curriculum areas. You can help students build 21st century communication skills by looking at ways to share their digital stories with a greater audience.

Digital storytelling is a very powerful teaching tool. A quick Google search reveals many resources for digital storytelling. Wesley Fryer is known for his research in digital storytelling and other forms of digital media as a means of communicating learning. His website and blog offer many examples and lesson ideas in many curriculum areas. Kathy Schrock also offers many resources on digital storytelling. In a recent blog post she links digital storytelling to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) .

A good digital story does not come without careful planning. We have found that storyboarding and script writing is an essential element to a successful digital story experience. Mapping out ideas with pen and paper or mapping tool such as Kidpiration, Inspiration or Bubble.us is essential. Script writing, conferencing, re-writing are all part of the digital storytelling process that build literacy skills in all curriculum areas. This can be done with templates that can be found online and modified to fit your lesson.

Everybody has a story. What’s yours?

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