Has anyone used digital storytelling in their classroom? Next week we will be learning about and creating projects using PhotoStory in my Technology for Education class. Until this semester I had never heard of digital storytelling. It sounds like an interesting tool that would keep students engaged in what they are learning. Does anyone use digital storytelling on a regular basis with their students? Has anyone assigned digital storytelling as a individual/group assignment?
I have used digital storytelling in the past and continue to use it in different forms today. You can get a copy of an article I wrote on how I used digital storytelling in a university class, just click Digital Storytelling. In this class I wanted students to tell me what they remember about their 1st year in university. It was a 8 week project, using video cameras and iMovie, which enabled the students to reflect on their experiences in university. This was a group assignment.
I do use a form of digital storytelling on a regular basis when having students reflect. It is also a great way for students to see their progress (I teach English as a Foreign Language in Japan). Every few weeks I will ask students to use Photobooth (a Mac Application) and report on questions raised in class by classmates or the teacher. Students then post this video on my LMS, sometimes for classmates to comment on, sometimes only between teacher and student. Then, over the course of a semester, I have them look back at the videos and reflect on their progress and their responses. It makes a really nice addition to their learning portfolios.
I think digital storytelling is great for student produced materials and try to use it whenever it fits the curriculum, for example, extensive reading reports, communicative English reflections, American studies presentations, etc.
Best of luck!
I did a digital storytelling project last year. My students wrote about a personal experience and then used that as a spring board for their digitized version that they were to create using Photostory.
Lessons learned and considerations include...
If you want to see how some of them turned out, here are links to a couple:
I’d love to see how some of our fellow teachers are using Digital Storytelling in their classrooms. Please share!
In the meantime, I have some resources that might help you:
Hope you find them helpful!