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Digital Storytelling Guide for Teachers

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Digital Storytelling Guide for Teachers

What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the process of creating a story using a variety of digital media (i.e. sound, images, video) to create a short (2-5 minute) movie with a personal narrative.

Check out this digital story about digital storytelling!

How does digital storytelling meet educational objectives?
Students (and teachers) need a variety of technological experience in order to be ready for the 21st century.

How do you actually make a digital story?
Creating a digital story is easier than you think!
According to Microsoft's (2010) guide to digital storytelling, all six of the 2007 National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for students are addressed by digital storytelling:
1. Creativity and innovation
2. Communication and collaboration
3. Research and information fluency
4. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making
5. Digital citizenship
6. Technology operations and concepts
According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, http://www.p21.org/: “To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology.”

Creating a digital story allows students and teachers to analyze media, create media products, and apply technology effectively, which promotes Media and ICT (Information, Communications, and Technology) Literacy.
How is digital storytelling used in education?
Digital storytelling is used by students and teachers alike!
Teachers use digital storytelling in the classroom for a variety of reasons, such as presenting material, capturing the attention of students, and increasing student interest.

Take a look at the numerous examples of teacher-created digital stories, organized by content area, on the “Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling” website, under the Example Stories tab:
Digital storytelling gives students of all ages the chance to display creativity, improve communication skills, make connections with course content, and express their personal thoughts (Microsoft, 2010; Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling, 2013). Digital storytelling lends itself to group work and collaboration as well.

This website provides examples of digital stories created by a range of students from elementary to high school:
Here are just a few ideas for digital storytelling projects:
- Art students could present and analyze works of art
- History students could write a narrative re-enacting or re-telling a historical event
- ESL or foreign language students could write a personal narrative to practice writing and speaking skills
- Literature students could create a reaction to a book from class
- Students could create a virtual tour of a place they have visited or would like to visit
-Students could share interesting facts about themselves and talk about their lives
...Endless possibilities!...
By Monica Fitzgerald, Audrey Hicks, and Lily Jaffie-Shupe
How can I learn more about digital storytelling?
The Center for Digital Storytelling: http://storycenter.org
7 Things you should know about digital storytelling: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7021.pdf
A straightforward, entertaining blog post about digital storytelling: http://educateyoursocksoff.blogspot.com/2013/05/d-i-g-i-t-al-s-t-o-r-y-t-e-l-l-i-n-g-it.html
An extremely comprehensive and helpful overview of digital storytelling and related software: http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/digitalstorytelling#Weaving%20the%20Story%20of%20Learning%20-%20Digital%20Storytelling-Storytelling%20Ideas
A digital storytelling teaching guide from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/teachers/guides/Pages/digital_storytelling.aspx
Works Cited
Bull, G., & Kajder, S. (2004). Digital storytelling in the language arts classroom. Learning and Leading with Technology, 32, 46-49.

Microsoft. (2010). Digital storytelling in the classroom. Retrieved from: http://www.microsoft.com/education/en-us/teachers/guides/Pages/digital_storytelling.aspx.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2013). Framework for 21st century learning. Retrieved from: http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-framework.

University of Houston, College of Education. (2013). Educational uses of digital storytelling. Retrieved from: http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Write an initial script
2. Complete necessary research
3. Plan an accompanying storyboard
4. Discuss and revise the script
5. Sequence the images in the video editor
6. Add the narrative track
7. Add special effects and transitions
8. Add a soundtrack if time permits

(Bull & Kajder, 2004)
Use a simple, intuitive program
We recommend Microsoft PhotoStory 3, a free download!

Here is a user's guide:

And a how-to video for making videos in PhotoStory 3:
Other digital storytelling software
There are a multitude of programs available for digital storytelling! PCs and Macs offer different programs, all with unique ways to tell your story. If you are interested in other programs, check out these resources:

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