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

1. Come to class prepared to share ideas about your story. Ron Braxley will be joining us Friday and Monday. On Friday, he will be showing us how to work with iMovie (Mac) and Monday he will be showing us how to work with Live Movie Maker (PC). Try to come with some ideas for your project so you can ask questions and even start to work within the program. You are free to bring some images or video clips with you or use these videos of my husband, Pat, skateboarding. They are housed in Dropbox. If you don’t have an account yet, feel free to sign up with this link.

2. It will help to have a Dropbox set up with your photos or videos to make them easy to pull into the program. Dropbox is a cloud, meaning your files can be stored online and accessed from any device. In fact, there are Dropbox apps for your phone, computers, iPads, etc. If you use this link I gave you, you get the normal 2GB + additional space. If you then invite friends, you are allotted more and more space (I think 15GB max). One of the great features is being able to share folders with others (maybe you’re collaborating with someone?)

Tutorials: 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 Windows Live MovieMaker – you can use it to create your story. The links for each of these tools takes you to a tutorial.

3. Blog Commenting – make it a goal to comment on at least one classmate’s blog over the weekend. Choose any post from a classmate you’d like.


3 comments on “Introduction to Digital Storytelling

  1. Pingback: Digital Storytelling: iMovie Workshop | UGA Edit 2000

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