Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity / Edition 1

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Technologically experienced and novice educators can use this NCTE standards–aligned text to empower students to create digital stories based on the principles of storytelling, technology application, and media technique.

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Editorial Reviews

April 2008 Choice Magazine
“For teachers looking to incorporate technology into their classroom curricula, this book serves as a great instructional tool and reference. Even for those who are not technologically proficient, Ohler’s discussion of helping students hone their storytelling skills is quite valuable.”
Eric McLuhan
"All the elements of classical rhetoric are reinvigorated, from invention to decorum, to memory, to delivery of the story. This useful book places these traditional skills in the digital milieu."
Walter Bender
"Ohler illuminates the very heart of learning and digital technology: storytelling. His is the story of how the networked computer amplifies our human capacity to learn through tools of expression."
Michael Hallisey
"Ohler's latest book is a godsend to all of us working with teachers and digital media. This book makes stories work."
Suzi Gould
"Ohler continues to be witty, wise, and indispensable. Pedagogy that resonates, teamed with a practical road map for teachers exploring the digital frontier—the best new media guide for teachers by far!"
Steven Goodman
"Jason Ohler’s new book is a must-read for any educator interested in harnessing the tools of digital technology to teach students to be creative and powerful storytellers. Original, accessible, and thought provoking for technophobes and technophiles alike."
Nikos Theodosakis
"A very important resource for twenty-first-century teaching and learning.Ohler's ability to distill the elements of good storytelling down to simple, clearly communicable ideas will prove beneficial for teachers and students alike, regardless of experience or technological knowledge."
District Administration
“Provides a way for educators to begin digital storytelling at their own level and with limited technology. The makes the case that teachers need to take the digital step, and through examples, he shows how to organize, plan, and share different types of stories in a new way.”
California Bookwatch
"For both educators and college-level teaching libraries interested in blending the digital technology tools newly available with classroom strategies. A pick that practicing teachers will relish."
Patricia Baker
“The visual representations from the charts and graphics are wonderful. I love the connections to current research because they give credence to the material and allow teachers to connect research to everyday strategies.”
Michael Fisher
"I haven't seen concrete examples like these in any educational book I've read. Throughout this book, my reactions ranged from 'awesome' to 'wow,' and I had many ideas for implementing the ideas in my own classroom. I love it!"
Amanda Mayeaux
"The book builds and unfolds fluidly. You can see the practical progression of ideas on digital storytelling, whichis wonderful because the reader can conceptualize what should happen."
William Fitzhugh
"I definitely recommend this book. Many teachers do not have the expertise to plan an undertaking like this, but really want to try something new and exciting with their students. Trying new and creative activities makes teaching interesting and challenging."
Kieran Egan
"Jason Ohler writes with clarity, wit, and passion about topics that are central to the enterprise of educating. He demonstrates how each student can become an active and more confident meaning-maker by using the tools that make stories powerful aids to understanding in all areas of the curriculum."
Bernard J. Luskin
"Essential forintegrating learning, literacy, and new media in and out of the classroom. Jason Ohler is a world leader in digital storytelling, a master teacher, and a global communicator."
Eric Mc Luhan
"All the elements of classical rhetoric are reinvigorated, from invention to decorum, to memory, to delivery of the story. This useful book places these traditional skills in the digital milieu."
April 2008 CHOICE
“For teachers looking to incorporate technology into their classroom curricula, this book serves as a great instructional tool and reference. Even for those who are not technologically proficient, Ohler’s discussion of helping students hone their storytelling skills is quite valuable.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412938501
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,263,315
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Jason Ohler's PD offerings

Jason Ohler is a speaker, writer, teacher, researcher, and lifelong digital humanist who is well known for the passion, insight, and humor he brings to his presentations and writings. He is author of numerous articles, books, and teacher resources and continues to work directly with teachers, administrators, and students. Combining twenty-five years of experience in the educational technology field with an eye for the future, Ohler connects with people where they are, and helps them see their importance in the future development of living, learning, and working in the Digital Age. Although he is called a futurist, he considers himself a nowist, working nationally and internationally to help educators and the public use today's tools to create living environments that we are proud to call home.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   David Thornburg     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiv
About the Author     xvii
Storytelling, Education, and the New Media     1
Confessions of a Digital Storytelling Teacher: Twenty Revelations About Digital Storytelling in Education     2
Defining and Discussing Digital Storytelling: Helping Teachers See, Think, and Talk About Digital Storytelling     15
Digital Storytelling as an Educational Tool: Standards, Planning, and Literacy     41
Assessing Digital Stories: The Opportunities and Challenges of New Media Evaluation     62
The Art and Practice of Storytelling     69
Thinking About Story: The Story Core, Story Mapping, Story Types     70
Applying Story Maps: Seeing the Core, Mapping the Story     87
Story Planning Considerations: Tips, Techniques, Lessons Learned     95
Transformation Formations: How We, and the Characters in Our Stories, Change     107
More Story Maps: From Aristotle to Present Day     113
Other Kinds of Stories: Other Story Forms and Story Perspectives     124
Going Digital     131
The Media Production Process, Phase I: Developing the Story     132
The Media Production Process, Phases II-V: From Preproduction to Performance     149
The Digital Storytelling Toolbox: The Tools Teachers and Students Need to Tell Digital Stories     166
Media Grammar for Teachers: Assessing Media Expression     177
Copyright and Fair Use in Education: Living in the Gray Zone, Doing the Right Thing, and Protecting Yourself     192
Epilogue: If I Had a Time Machine...     202
Teaching Oral Storytelling     204
Audio Techniques for Video Recording Oral Storytelling     206
Audio Techniques for Interviewing People     208
Freytag's Pyramid     210
Grammar of Camera Angles     212
What's Scannable?     214
Joseph Campbell's Story Adventure Diagram     215
Visual Portrait of a Story     216
References and Further Readings     218
Index     221
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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Great Educational Read!

    I read this book for one of my graduate classes and found it to be one of the most interesting "text books" that was required by my Professors. The material was organized very well. For example, each chapter continues to the next in a clear and concise way. Everything flows together nicely. The book overall is presented very clearly with lots of bold headings which breaks up the book so that it is interesting to read. It was a nice change of pace from my previous text books. I really enjoyed that there were so many real life teaching examples presented throughout the book. As a future educator, this is very important. It also helps when trying to understand the material. When reading this book, I learned many ways that I could use digital storytelling in the classroom for many different students. I was also impressed that different educational psychology references were made. For example, Bloom's Taxonomy. Many of the lessons and ideas presented were not only clearly organized but they were given in a step-by-step fashion so that you could follow them for your classroom teaching. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is something that I plan on holding on to for future reference and use with students. I would recommend this book to anyone in the education field, whether you are teaching or in school to become a teacher--it is a great find. It also gives great ways to implement technology in your classroom if you need to do something different and exciting for your students. Enjoy!

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