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Crossing Borders with Digital Storytelling

American Immigration Council

Teach Immigration

on 5 May 2016

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Transcript of Crossing Borders with Digital Storytelling

understand what a digital story is, why it's valuable, & the steps to develop one
create their own digital story
learn tools & resources that support student's digital stories

in order to develop a class project

What is digital storytelling?

Roland, C. (2006). Digital stories in the classroom. School Art,105(7), 26.
7 Elements of a Digital Story

1. Point of View
2. Dramatic Question
3. Emotional Content
4. The Gift of Voice
5. The Power of Soundtrack
6. Economy
7. Pacing
2. Find Some Media
Three Steps to Making Digital Stories
1. Outline a Story Idea
2. Find Some Media
3. Pick a Tool to Tell Your Story
Amplify with Image and Sound
See the padlet: http://padlet.com/Immigration101/l387zdr4w5z1

Image Recommendations:
Photos for Class (G Rated, Creative Commons, Automatic Attribution
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs

Audio: A lot of digital storytelling platforms have built-in audio, so why fuss over it?

(Tip: know that image searching takes a lot of time and some
platforms even allow for drawing so you may want to limit slides for students you think will take a lot of time)
3. Pick a Tool to Tell Your Story
No tool will be perfect.
How easy is it to use?
How would it tell your story?
Is it appropriate for students?

Recommendations: Little Bird Tales, WeVideo, Animoto
1. Outline a Story Idea
Lead with the Narrative
Ask questions. Peak Curiosity. Write with students.
Webbing, Journaling, Diagramming,Drawing, Listing, Family Trees, Turn and Talks...

Example: Family Heritage & Immigration (

adapted from NPR's StoryCorp Great Questions list)

What is your ethnic background?
Where are your various family members from? Has anyone ever visited there?
What traditions have been passed down and still exist? What traditions have been lost through the years?
Who are/were your favorite relatives when you were a child or adolescent?
Do you remember any favorite family stories that a specific family member loved telling?
What is "American" about you?

Crossing Borders:
How to Create Digital Stories with Students

Do you have a favorite family story about your heritage that a specific family member loved telling?

Write a 5 min story as you remember hearing it or as the person telling it.
At the end of our sessions, TWBAT...
It's a multimedia movie that combines photographs, video, animation, sound, music, text, and often uses a narrative voice.
Why do you think it's useful for the classroom?
builds & strengthens reading/writing skills
allows for exploration & creativity
creates a space for listening, understanding, empathy as students connect with each other & the stories
develops presentation skills
engages students!
adapted from Joe Lambert, Center for Digital Storytelling
How does this story capture the
7 elements?
Ana González-Dorta "
The Immigrant: From Immigration to Integration

2015 American Immigration Council
Multimedia Contest Entry
When viewing models with students, you might ask them different variations of this question:
what they like/don't like
choose a focal point of writing
choose one element
Credit: http://50ways.wikispaces.com
Walk the Walk Teacher's Blog
Brian Kelley
Focus on an Essential Question
What does it mean to be an American?
Read examples of good, short writing
(excerpts or poems)
...to what you're reading in class.
... to students.

Recommended Mentor Texts:
"Flashcards" - Rita Dove
"Dusting" - Julia Alvarez
"Those Winter Sundays" - Robert Hayden
Winners from our previous Celebrate
America contest

(family heritage, individual/cultural identity)
You don't have to. The most important part is to write a good story.

But if you want to or think your students will benefit:
make your own and/or use index cards (one per scene with a few words of what you might read)
adapt a personal narrative organizer

Little Bird Tales
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