Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Blogging Survey Results

First, I want to thank you all so much for for your feedback in the survey last class. It was such a delight to really get a feel for how each of your perceives blogging in the course. This type of formative feedback is invaluable! Let’s look at the results as a class and talk about any changes we’d like to make for the remainder of the semester.

NETS: Creativity and Innovation

One of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) addresses creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.


Brainstorming tools are used frequently to support creativity in K-12 classrooms. Since you’re tasked with coming up with an idea for a digital story – I thought it would be a good idea to explore a brainstorming tool first to help you get some ideas down on paper.

Project Requirements

But you probably want to know a little about the digital story requirements before you brainstorm what yours will be about!  You have several options for what your digital story might be:

1. An educational video for use in your subject/grade level.
2. A video that showcases a personal talent.
3. A commercial for your major.
4. A TED talk about something you are passionate about. (what is a TED talk?).

Here are some other details:

1. The video should tell a story – not simply instruct.
2. Your story needs a beginning, middle, and end.
3. It can be fiction or non-fiction.
4. You need to identify the age of your audience (within the story or preferably on your Creativity and Innovation webpage).
5. If you are writing fiction you need characters and conflict.
6. If you are writing nonfiction – your readers need to know why they should care about your topic.
7. Regardless of fiction or nonfiction – your reader should learn something.
8. The story will likely be 2-3 minutes long. Nothing bad happens if it’s a little shorter or a bit longer.

Brainstorming Tools

If you want to be able to create a visual of your brainstorming (although not required at this point),  I suggest using the free online tool called Bubbl.  Spend a few minutes getting used to the tool and then begin a brainstorming web for your story ideas. Your web might be a large cluster of different ideas for a story or you might already have an idea so your web is just laying out what you want to include in your story. There are many other brainstorming tools that you can use. You are not required to use Bubbl.  If the technology gets in the way of your creativity – don’t use it!  You might also want to use Kidspiration, Inspiration, Xmind,or Edistorm. Here’s a tutorial for Inspiration and Kidspiration created by a former EDIT 2000 student.


Here are some digital stories from past students:

5th grade mathematics


High School Chemistry

I think this song could count as a digital story as well:

The Polygon Song

You can also see more by looking through past student Google Sites.

For Friday

Come to class next Friday prepared to share ideas about your story. Ron Braxley will be here next Monday to show us how to use iMovie on the Macs. Next Wednesday he will show us how to use Movie Maker on the PCs.

If you want to think ahead to our Digital Storytelling Project, try looking at some tutorials to the following programs you may choose to use:

VoiceThread is an option for both Mac and PC users. You can create a free account and create up to 3 videos at no charge. While VoiceThread is designed primarily to allow others to comment on video and/or photos that you upload – you can use the comment feature to add narration to your video/photos. Here are some examples of VoiceThread projects used in various classrooms. You can access a tutorial for VoiceThread here. Or you can watch the tutorial made by an EDIT 2000 student.

If you have a Mac and you’ve been wanting to learn how to use iMovie – now is your chance. If you have a PC and you’ve been wondering about MovieMaker – you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial. Ron will also be joining us later next week to teach us how to use iMovie and MovieMaker.




One comment on “Introduction to Digital Storytelling

  1. Pingback: Digital Storytelling Day 2: Storyboarding | UGA Edit 2000

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