What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital Storytelling is the process of writing about a story,
and adding the multimedia elements of voice, imagery, and
music to create a visual story.
Personal or Academic Narratives:
A personal story is one that involves a personal change or
realization. This could be a family story about the value of a
childhood experience, a reunion in which you reconnect with
a long lost friend, a hero in your family,
Digital storytelling can also be used in the content areas as
an academic story or "unit of instruction" story. This can be a
story about any concept, unit or idea from any area of the
curriculum, from math to social studies.
Watch “Digital Storytelling in Plain English”
• Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct
knowledge, and develop innovative products and
processes using technology
• Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas,
products or processes.
• Create original works as a means of personal or group
• Use models and simulations to explore complex systems
• Identify trends and forecast possibilities
allow students to
•Improve readers' Heighten motivation,
abilities to share, critique, engagement and enjoyment
and revise what has been
learned with others. of reading.
Digital Storytelling in the •Immerse students
•Help solve Classroom, talks about how in rich details of
spatial and stories help us remember
important information that
might be forgotten if it’s
delivered to us in the form of
•Aid in reports, lectures, or isolated
inferencing, bits of information. •Improve literal
•Build (Gambrell& Koskinen, 2002;
background Keene & Zimmerman, 1997;
Elements of Digital Storytelling
1. The Overall Purpose of the Story
2. The Narrator’s Point of View
3. A Dramatic Question or Questions (capture
the viewer’s attention)
4. The Choice of Content
5. Clarity of Voice
6. Pacing of the Narrative
Elements of Digital Storytelling
7. Use of a Meaningful Audio Soundtrack
of the Images, Video & other
9. Economy of the Story Detail
10. Good Grammar and Language Usage
Adapted from: The Center for Digital Storytelling (http://
Digital Storytelling Examples
Apple Learning Interchange
Silent Movie Literature (Edgar Allen Poe)
Intro to Lesson
Kick off a unit to hook students
Trailer for book talks
Recap a unit
All About Me
Great replacement for
Overview of class for parent night
Vocabulary Words (Oppression)
• Create your own Common Craft Videos
• First Day of School Rules
• Heroes vs. Villains
• Silent Films using Edgar Allen Poe short stories
• Tributes to people such as Walt Disney or Martin
• Historical events such as the Boston Tea Party/
• Inventions and their Inventors
• How have animals adapted or what happened to
• Fairy tales from a different perspective
• Math is all around town-videotape your town and
look for geometry
• Meet the Master Artists
• Tell stories about famous scientists/
mathematicians and illustrate their theories
It’s all about Story…
Edit the Share your
1. Create: pieces creation
Production your pieces
Develop your or collect
script and your
What is your
Storyboard for Digital Storytelling
Storyboards are a planning tool to help you outline and
organize your video.
The T-Script Audio/Video Storyboard
The left side of the script is for The right side is for the actual
video, graphics, images.
narration, text, sound effects, etc.
I played Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer,
and Varsity Softball…
Watch for distractions when composing your images….
When shooting outdoors, keep the sun behind
you. Beware of windows.
Plan your shoot. Shoot to edit.
Usea tripod or other image stabilization
handheld stability, imagine that your
camcorder is a very full cup of hot coffee.
Use the zoom to compose your shot. Avoid zooming
while the tape is rolling.
Move the camera only when necessary. Pan from left
to right slowly!
Keep your average shot length between 5 and 10
seconds. Keep the shot steady (no zoom or pan) for at
least 10 seconds.
Watch for distractions behind the talent.
Seven Deadly Sins of Video Work: http://www.youtube.com/
Copyright Free Images
Creative commons: http://creativecommons.org/
Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources:
Pics for Learning: http://pics.tech4learning.com/
Davis Audio & Video clips: http://www.djusd.k12.ca.us/technology/images.htm
Royalty Free Sound Sources
Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/audio
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org
The Free Sound Project: http://www.freesound.org/
Stonewashed Sound Effects: http://www.stonewashed.net/sfx.html
Audacity Audio Editor: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
• Introduce video-editing using MovieMaker
• Publish your story
• Bring 10 digital slides
• Peer Assessment
• Digital Storytelling Rubric