December 8, 2013

Have you thought of a Digital Story?

There is a secret weapon in our tool belt and we don't even realize it.  This weapon is so powerful that it will motivate our most reluctant student while at the same time meet several of the common core core standards. Using  digital story telling is a brilliant way to reach our secondary students.

Having students create content-rich and learning-focused  digital stories connects the work they do in the classroom to their media-rich world in which they live!

"Robin, I don't have time for "extra" technology projects.  Have you seen the standards that I have to teach?"    Yes, I have!  Not only have I seen them, I have studied them to the point where I understand them and appreciate them. 

It may seem like digital story telling is just an "extra" technology project.  I believe  just the opposite.   Creating a digital story provides students with opportunities to write in all three forms mentioned in the standards: argument, informational/explanatory, and narrative. (Appendix A, page 23).

What is a Digital Story?
  • A digital project that uses images,voice narration,music and motion to tell a story.
  • Incorporates story-boarding,writing a script, revision, and production.
  • Creates a video production that can be shared in a variety of ways
You would be surprised at how many ways we could use this technique.  It does not have to be a long, drawn out process.  In fact, the opposite is true.  The  authors of the CCSS encourage teachers to emphasize practice with short, focused research projects .  Digital stories fit right in with this idea. 

Common Core Connections
W.CCR.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
W.CCR.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
W.CCR.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
W.CCR.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Look at these samples: 
I hesitate to show you these, I really could not find any that I liked.  I know the amazing teachers of Edgewood High and Middle School could come up with much better story ideas. 

This is NOT just for LANGUAGE ARTS! Science and Social Studies, with their wealth of information, data, and primary sources are great places to implement digital storytelling projects that require students to “gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas. 

I am looking forward to working with you and your class on your first Digital Story!

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