Technology + Stories = Digital Storytelling
What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling allows students to combine any subject to a multimedia tool, such as Photo Story, to create a visual story that can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet. This visual story may combine graphics, text, voice, animation, or music to create a one-of-a-kind experience.
Why Should Teachers Use Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling appeals to a wide variety of students. It allows the ‘computer’ generation of students to maximize their computer skills with their artistic abilities to create a project that motivates them to learn. It is a hands-on approach to learning that offers the student an alternative to book learning.
How Can Teachers Use Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling can be used in grades K-12 in just about any subject. It is only limited by the users imagination! I used digital storytelling with my eighth grade English classes. My students read a novel, and then created a digital story in the form of a ‘movie’ trailer. Our goal was to create a digital ‘novel’ trailer that could be viewed by other students to entice them to read a novel.
View Student Novel Trailers

*Need Windows Media Player 10
Anna’s Photo Story
Jesse’s Photo Story
Fatima’s Photo Story

To learn more about Digital Storytelling visit the websites listed below:
http://www.coe.uh.edu/digital-storytelling/introduction.htm
http://electronicportfolios.com/digistory/
http://www.soundportraits.org/
http://www.storycenter.org/index1.html
http://www.scott.k12.ky.us/technology/digitalstorytelling/teacherstories.html
http://www.teachingteachers.com/story.htm
http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/jan02/banaszewski.htm**