Moviemaking in the Classroom: Lifting Student Voices Through Digital Storytelling

Moviemaking in the Classroom: Lifting Student Voices Through Digital Storytelling

by Jessica Pack
Moviemaking in the Classroom: Lifting Student Voices Through Digital Storytelling

Moviemaking in the Classroom: Lifting Student Voices Through Digital Storytelling

by Jessica Pack


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Written by an award-winning classroom teacher with years of experience integrating moviemaking into curriculum, this book offers quick-start lesson plans for any content area and grade level, helping students amplify their voices and effect change through moviemaking.

Our world hinges on storytelling and the ways in which stories can be told are always evolving. For students to become future-ready, confident creators of original content, they need opportunities to share their stories. Moviemaking helps students showcase their learning, process their lives and connect with others in a meaningful way.

Moviemaking in the Classroom breaks down the process of digital storytelling to help teachers plan efficient and effective instructional sequences. The book provides guidance on how to purposefully build visual and audio literacy skills to improve student work and increase student efficacy in the creative process. Also included are practical suggestions for removing barriers from the storytelling process, such as how to provide more opportunities for students to tell their stories during a single academic year.

This book:
  • Shows teachers how to create efficient and effective lesson sequences with digital storytelling in mind, particularly in a blended learning environment.
  • Supports teachers who are new to digital storytelling by showing the impact and importance of providing students with multiple opportunities to tell their stories.
  • Offers project ideas for teachers already implementing digital storytelling in their classes and shows how to streamline workflow and improve their professional practice.
  • Supports distance and remote learning through a full chapter on strategies for applying these practices to a distance learning environment.
  • Fosters diversity, inclusion and student empowerment by showcasing student examples on topics including racism, death and illness, immigration, gun violence and pollution.

This book provides insight, inspiration and practical ideas to empower teachers of all content areas to implement moviemaking projects with their students using best practices.

Audience: 3-12 educators

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564849281
Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education
Publication date: 10/25/2021
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jessica Pack is the 2014 California Teacher of the Year, and was named the CUE Outstanding Educator in 2014. She has used digital storytelling as an instructional strategy for 14 years, and has presented on the topic at regional and national conferences, including the ISTE Digital Storytelling Network (DSN) 2020 Virtual Summit and ISTE20 Live. Pack has spent a decade as a teacher-consultant for DIGICOM Learning, a nonprofit that promotes and supports digital storytelling in Southern California classrooms. In this role, she provides professional development courses for teachers on digital storytelling. Pack also co-hosts the podcast “Storytelling Saves the World,” available on iTunes and SoundCloud. She previously self-published a book on iTunes called Digital Storytelling: Connecting Standards to Movie-Making (2013).

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Part 1 Why Story?

Chapter 1 My Storytelling Journey 3

Chapter 2 Why Stories Resonate 11

Chapter 3 The Power of Student Voices 21

Part 2 The Nuts and Bolts of Storytelling Through Moviemaking

Chapter 4 The Storytelling & Moviemaking Process 35

Chapter 5 Integrating Moviemaking into the Curriculum 55

Chapter 6 Storytelling Mini Lessons 75

Chapter 7 Removing Barriers from Storytelling 89

Part 3 Getting Started with Students

Chapter 8 Quick-Start Moviemaking Lesson Ideas 105

Chapter 9 Storytelling in Online Learning Environments 123

Acknowledgments 131

References 133

Index 136

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