Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators

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Storytelling is an age-old art form. With Web 2.0 and the tools already available on most computers, students can use text, music, sound effects, videos, and more to create a multimedia presentation that links them to the world beyond the classroom. Storytelling has the potential to unleash creativity, engage, and motivate. Applicable across the curriculum, digital storytelling teaches students to work collaboratively and use new technologies, skills they will be required to have in the workforce of the future.

This book offers an overview of digital storytelling as well as its variations, including e-portfolios, digital photo essays, and scrapblogs. The many recommendations, overviews, and explanations of digital storytelling tools, along with lists of additional digital storytelling resources, will help educators to apply this exciting technology in their classrooms. Educators will also discover the ways digital storytelling can be used for their own professional development. Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators provides detailed directions to preparation, production, and presentation, and rounds out with a discussion on creating rubrics and evaluating student work. Readers will come away with an understanding of digital stories and the tools needed to create them.


* Assessment rubrics for each stage of digital storytelling
* Aligns digital storytelling to the NETS for Students
* Each chapter includes a list of resources and links

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy and leadership for innovation. ISTE is the premier membershipassociation for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and ISTE's annual conference (formerly known as the National Educational Computing Conference, or NECC), ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.

Some of the areas in which we publish are:
-Web. 2.0 in the classroom-RSS, podcasts, and more
-National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
-Professional development for educators and administrators
-Integrating technology into the classroom and curriculum
-Safe practices for the Internet and technology
-Educational technology for parents

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564842596
  • Publisher: International Society For Technology In Education (ISTE)
  • Publication date: 1/10/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,391,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Midge Frazel, a strong believer that any educator can master using technology in the classroom, is known for her enthusiastic teaching style at the professional development workshops she conducts. A frequent contributor to the educational community, she is the author or co-author of 10 books for classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, and librarians, and she maintains a website and blog on educational technology. Frazel recently received her master's degree from Lesley University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 4

Part I Telling Stories and Technology 7

Chapter 1 Introduction to Digital Storytelling 9

What is Digital Storytelling? 9

Why Digital Storytelling? 10

How Does Digital Storytelling Fit in Your Classroom? 11

Pioneers in Digital Storytelling 15

Ideas for Digital Storytelling 19

Open-Ended Questions for Digital Storytelling 19

Steps in Creating a Digital Story-A Snapshot 20

Types of Digital Stories 24

Digital Storytelling with Younger Students 24

ISTE Standards and Digital Storytelling 25

Copyright and Citation 28

Resources 32

Chapter 2 Digital Story Preparation 35

Timelines 38

Concept Mapping 41

Storyboards or Story Maps 42

Script Writing 47

Shared Media Resources 50

Resources 55

Chapter 3 Digital Story Production 59

Locating and Evaluating Media to Use in the Digital Story 61

iMovie 62

Photo Story and Movie Maker 67

More Creativity Tools for Production 82

Creating and Editing Audio Files 83

Resources 85

Chapter 4 Digital Story Presentation 87

Face-to-Face Audience 88

Remote Audience 91

Toots for Presenting Digital Stories Online 93

Resources 95

Chapter 5 Evaluating Digital Storytelling Projects 97

Creating Rubrics 99

Resources 106

Part II Applying Digital Storytelling 107

Chapter 6 Building Enthusiasm for Learning 109

The Power of Audience 109

Personal Connections 110

Visual Literacy and Scrapbook Stories 111

ePortfolios 118

Photo Essays 119

Resources 121

Chapter 7 Digital Storytelling and Family History 123

Research Questions 125

Family History Digital Story Ideas 126

More Research Questions for Digital Stories and Family History 130


Chapter 8 Digital Storytelling: A Bridge to the Community 131

Beyond the Classroom Walls 132

Place-Based Digital Storytelling 134

Cultural Digital Storytelling 136

Scientific Digital Storytelling 138

Global Digital Storytelling 140

Open-Ended Questions: Digital Storytelling and Community 141

Resources 142

A Final Word about Digital Storytelling 143

Appendix A Digital Storytelling for Educators 145

Promoting Digital Storytelling in Higher Education 146

Collaborating and Communicating with Tapped In 147

ePortfolios for Educators 148

Storytelling in the Age of the Internet 150

Open-Ended Questions: Digital Storytelling for Educators 151

Resources for Educators 151

Appendix B National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) 153

Image Credits 157

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