Digital Storytelling Classroom Project

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Digital Storytelling
Telling Stories by a River
Overview

In this unit, students will learn about the age-old practice of storytelling and use 21st century tools to create their own digital story.? Students will explore digital storytelling as a way to tell a story, promote cross-cultural understanding and build meaningful connections with others.? Students will participate in an email exchange to discuss the process.? They will 1) develop a story topic 2) write their story 3) create or find appropriate images to support their story and 4) share their story and reflect on their work.
Essential Questions
  1. What is digital storytelling?
  2. What are the elements of a good story?
  3. Why do people tell stories?
  4. How is my personal story the same or different from others?
Objectives
  1. Students will understand that digital storytelling is an effective way to have their voices heard and make a meaningful connection with others.
  2. Students will identify a topic, brainstorm ideas around that topic and write a personal narrative.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role images play in a story and will create or find appropriate images to support their story.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of digital storytelling.? They will translate their words and images into a digital story in such a way that others will understand or appreciate their point of view.
  5. Students will communicate and work collaboratively with peers, teachers and ePals.
Culminating Activity?
The culminating activity is for students to create their own digital stories and share them with their peers.
Project Elements?
This project has six parts:
  1. Understanding Digital Storytelling?
  2. What makes a good story??
  3. Developing a Story Topic?
  4. Writing the Story?
  5. Creating the Images?
  6. Sharing and Reflecting?
Standards?
NCTE/IRA English Language Arts Standard 4: Communication Skills
NCTE/IRA English Language Arts Standard 12: Applying Language Skills
National Educational Technology Standards for Students Standard 1: Creativity and Innovation
National Educational Technology Standards for Students Standard 2: Communication and Collaboration
National Education Technology Standards for Students Standard 3: Research and Information Fluency
National Education Technology Standards for Students Standard 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
National Education Technology Standards for Students Standard 5: Digital Citizenship
National Education Technology Standards for Students Standard 6: Technology Operations and Concepts