Digital Storytelling - The Process



Digital storytelling can be implemented in a grade k-3 classroom. At this grade level the best method of implementation is to create a class story. Typically students would work together to create a single story or individual student stories are published together as one story. The teacher is the facilitator of the story. He or she will be responsible for creating the digital story. The students contribute the drawings, writings and narration.

Select a Topic

The first step is to select a theme or a topic. Students could contribute one page of content to a class story or individual stories could be combined. Here are some sample ideas:

1. After attending a class field trip students will write about their favorite experience.
2. After reading a book in class, students can write an extension to the story or alternative ending.
3. Students can write about their favorite animal, person, place or character.
4. Students can write a short poem.
5. Here is a great list of Digital Story Ideas - http://www.techteachers.com/digstory/ideas.htm
6. Wikipedia list of controversial issues: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_controversial_issues
7. Alphabetical list of controversial issues - http://www.accd.edu/PAC/LRC/issues.htm
8. Listing of Pro / Con Topics www.procon.org
9. Use the RAFT Strategy for a writing assignment


Writing and Illustrating

1. Students will write their story lines.
2. Students will draw one picture to illustrate their part of a class story or their entire story.
3. Students could use MS Paint to draw a digital picture and save.
4. Students may find images to add to their story. If the story is going to be published online it must contain images that are not copyright protected. Please visit my image and audio page on this wiki for instructions on how to find copyright free images and audio.

Putting it together
K -3
After the students write their story and draw their pictures the teacher needs to put their pictures in digital format. This can be done by taking a picture of each drawing using a digital camera. The other option is to scan each drawing using a scanner.

The teacher can then use Microsoft Photostory 3 to put the story together. The digital pictures can be uploaded into the software. The teacher will organize the images, add the title slide, and select the music.

Students will narrate their image. The teacher will have each student record their stories over their pictures using MS photostory. This can be done during center activities or independent work time.

Grade 4 +
Students may work individually or in groups to put the story together. There are a variety of software and websites that can be used to create and publish your story. Please see my Create and Publish Page for a list of these sites.

Students may find images to add to their story. If the story is going to be published online it must contain images that are not copyright protected. Please visit my image and audio page on this wiki for instructions on how to find copyright free images and audio.



Organization Tips

1. When recording narration, the students should have their written work available in front of them. Students in the classroom should be working on independent work or in centers. Their should not be any talking or noise in the room.
2. The title slide could be written or drawn on a poster and transformed to digital form.
3. The title slide could be narrated by the entire class.
4. In order to avoid having a large movie file the class could be broken up into groups. One class could produce 3-5 group stories.
5. Use a teacher aide, computer teacher or technology facilitator to assist with recording the narration.
6. Show examples of digital stories to the students before they create theirs. This will give them an better idea of the project. It will increase their level of excitement and engagement.
7. Use first names of students only. This will ensure student safety when publishing their work.
8. Publish, Publish, Publish! Publish the final story on the internet. Inform parents, teachers, and administrators about the published work. Encourage those who view the story to leave comments. Share those comments with the students. A class blog is a great way to publish stories and collect comments. Video files created with MS Photostory or Movie Maker may be published online for free at http://www.schooltube.com