ISTE Technology Foundations Standards for All Students:
1. Basic operation and concepts
Students are proficient in the use of technology.
2. Social, ethical, and human issues
Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that
support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and
3. Technology productivity tools
Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity,
and promote creativity.
Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology
enhance models, preparing publications, and producing other creative
3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret,
evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience,
their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge
of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies,
and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence,
sentence structure, context, graphics).
4. Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language
(e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively
with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and
use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate
with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish
their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and
the exchange of information).
a legacy of cultural history for future generations through digital
storytelling. Stories are important because
they provide us with a voice in time and place about our heritage.
Rich digital stories can be created using many different technologies
such as iMovie, Moviemaker, and Photo Story 3. Stories
can then be published or broadcast over the Internet. To construct
a lasting record, stories should also be preserved in print on acid
free paper and both the digital and print copy donated to a repository
such as a local library or museum.
Getting Started with Digital Storytelling
American Folklife Center
Your first stop should be the American Folklife Center
at the Library of Congress. The wealth of material that is made
available is superb.
Browse by subject or geographical area, A teacher’s Guide to
Folklife Resources for K-12 Classrooms by Paddy Bowman, Coordinator,
Network for Folk Arts in Education. For the serious teacher or student
who wants to learn how to collect ethnographic materials, conduct
interviews, and preserve information, read the booklet, Folklife
and Fieldwork by Peter Bartis. Then, explore the online collections
such as Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier, Voices from the Dustbowl,
Folk-songs of America, or Tending the Commons.
Center for Digital Storytelling
Visit the Digital Storytelling Center for valuable information about
their programs and workshops. Workshops generally are 3-4 days in
length with up to 15 participants. Contact the Center for details.
Be sure to read the Digital Storytelling Cookbook listed under resources.
It will serve as an excellent guide for developing your own lesson.
The following topics are included in the booklet 1) Stories in Our
Lives, 2) Seven Elements, 3) Approaches to Scripting, 3) Storyboarding,
4) Digitizing Story Elements, 5) Introduction to Photoshop Elements,
and 6) Introduction to iMovie.
Digitales – The
Art of Telling Digital Stories
Digitales presents seven steps to creating a 3-5 minute digital
movie. Specific directions are provided for each step. Elements for
writing the narrative or script provide direction in giving a story
personal meaning. Story planning templates are included to assist
in planning the project. Directions for planning digital folders
are given. Even if you have had no experience with voiceovers, these
directions will assist you in completing the task. Gathering and
preparing media resources offers students the opportunity to be creative
and unique. Putting it all together provides helpful hints for thinking
about purpose and impact of the story.
Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
Dr. Bernard Robin from the University of Houston has developed an
easy to follow guide for the uses of digital storytelling in the
classroom, including a PowerPoint presentation. He also provides
goals and objectives, step-by-step tutorials for technology tools,
an evaluation rubric, and links to resources.
How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom
Lights, Camera, Action - become the executive producer of student
work using video. This site is helpful in discovering the many applications
for using digital storytelling. Two teachers who use and encourage
digital storytelling in the classroom offer advice that will be valuable
for teachers new to this genre. In addition there are examples of
student work that show the power digital storytelling can provide
for student organization, communication, and learning. The concept
of collaboration and student team work is evident in these amazing
Tens of thousands of Americans had the opportunity to create a national
family album during one ordinary week. More than one million digital
photographs were submitted for inclusion in this amazing look at
America. It was the largest collaborative project undertaken and
became a New York Times bestseller. Although only a small portion
of the photos are online they offer ideas for continuing the project
with students or creating a new one.
Digital Storytelling Finds its Place in the Classroom
Tom Banaszewski’s article from the Jan/Feb
issue of Multimedia and Internet @ Schools magazine provides a
concise overview of the
storytelling process he used with his fifth graders. Project Place
was designed to stimulate writing about a place that transcended
physical matter - places in the heart as one student astutely stated.
Mixed into the equation were visual images and the use of iMovie.
The outcome was the building of a community and a clear understanding
of the writing process.
Digital Storytelling in the Scott County Schools
If you are looking for ideas and resources to create digital storytelling
with you students this site offers valuable insight into creating
digital stories. The Easy Guide to Storytelling includes sections
on meaning, storytelling, memory, voice, links, metaphor, expectation,
economy, and pacing. . Instructions for recording and voiceovers
and capturing a movie are found in The Digital Story Cookbook offered
as a PDG file. Take a look at an actual digital story and see how
the writing occurs with images, and see how the narrating brings
the images to life. This site illustrates how digital media can create
a powerful medium for presenting a story from a personal voice while
sharing them with the world. Do not miss the powerful stories presented
by teachers in the Scott County Schools.
for Quality After School
This lesson was
excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising
practice: Developing Self-Expression And Creativity. In this lesson,
students create original stories that include text, drawings, photos,
animation, audio, and video. They use technology tools, such as
digital cameras and computers, to bring their stories to life.
Miwok Storytelling Legend Movie
In this lesson students read Native American legends and then, tell
one of the stories using a variety of illustrations. The project
description, outcomes, technology skills, assessment suggestions,
resources, and example are provided. This is a nice example of how
students combined a visual narrative with images using iMovie.
||Digital Storytelling Tools
Apple iMovie (Macintosh OS X)
Apple Computer’s iMovie is fairly easy to use and comes with
the Ken Burns effect for zooming and panning individual photographs.
It is part of the iLife package that provides other nifty features
for editing photographs and publishing to the Web. Video tutorials,
system requirements, and step-by-step instructions are provided at
Audacity (Macintosh OS X and Windows)
Audacity is a great audio editing tool and ideal for oral histories.
Import, edit, and export wav, aiff, au, and mp3 files. Complete directions
are provided in the Help menu. Create multi-track recordings by dubbing
over existing tracks or add a variety of special effects such as
echo, phaser, and wahwah. Since Audacity is open-source, there are
all sorts of free plugins available.
Ken Burns: The Civil War, Telling a Story
Practice constructing a digital story at the Ken Burns PBS Website.
Mix together archival images, narration, and sound to create a Civil
War era documentary. The interactive online tool allows you to order
and manipulate the images and transitions on a timeline. Once you
have completed your movie, you can email it to yourself. This would
be a great way to begin the technology portion of your storytelling
Microsoft Photo Story 3 (Windows XP)
Download the free software. Then, create a story in minutes with
the wizard. Import images, crop, adjust color, create effects, and
add transitions. Next add voice over and music. Finally, save the
project. This is a great tool for beginners.
Moviemaker (Windows Versions)
Microsoft’s Moviemaker provides three steps for making a movie. Capture
video and audio, edit effects and transitions,
and finish the movie. Be sure to click on Create Home Movies Effortlessly
for the tutorial. With a little practice, you will be on your way
to an Oscar winning production.
Want to easily integrate digital storytelling into your elementary classroom? Then, try StoryKit, a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Students will quickly find that the interface is user friendly and simple to use. They can draw their own pictures or use images from their iPad photo albums, add text, record sound, and add multiple pages. They can even edit several classic books that come with the app. For teachers, there is a wonderful StoryKit tutorial from the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSWQkUS4kXk. Click on New Book and ignite student creativity.