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English Language Arts

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

So much can be learned when students tell stories- their personal stories, stories from history, stories from their own imagination. Digital storytelling gives students a voice and a way to tell their stories in a modern and engaging way that can combine text, images, video, and audio. This resource list provides an overview of what digital storytelling is, ideas for how it can be used in the classroom, and tools you can use to help students bring their stories to life.
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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    Now more than ever, teachers must be able to demonstrate how their instruction links to the standards. This engaging Prezi presentation shows how digital storytelling connects to the Common Core standards. It gives many ideas for how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom and includes video examples of different types of student projects.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    There are many apps available that can be used to create digital stories. This list lets you sort by price, device type, or ease of use (rated as easy, medium, or hard).
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    This 4-minute video provides a clear and succinct overview of the most important elements in a compelling digital story. This would be effective as background research for a teacher planning to use digital storytelling in the classroom, or as a resource to show directly to older students who are creating their own digital stories.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    Bernard Robin and Sara McNeil of the University of Houston originally presented this 95-minute workshop at an annual symposium of the Online Learning Consortium. In it, the speakers provide an overview of the concept and components of digital storytelling, applications for the classroom across all grade levels and subjects, and how to assess these student projects in an effective way. They also guide participants through the use of the web-based program WeVideo.
  • Sarah Bradstreet says:
    The University of Houston has created this comprehensive resource that shows teachers how digital storytelling works and how to effectively use it in the classroom. It includes many video examples, articles, lesson plans, sample rubrics, and a list of both free and paid video-making tools for computers and mobile devices.
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BloomBoard Asks:What are some ways you can envision using a digital storytelling project in your own classroom?