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Digital Storytelling Semester One Tech. Project - English 9 Students
Teachers: Jamie Mahmoud and Michelle Torrise

2009 - 2010 Examples of Digital Storytelling
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What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital Storytelling is the process of creating stories about events and topics that reflect the author's full intellectual and personal engagement with the subject. Storytellers "envision" information using digital tools to make sense of, evaluate, and share their deep understanding of historic, social, scientific and political topics.

Elements of Digital Storytelling
1. Point of View: What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
2. The Essential Question: A key question of inquiry keeps the viewer's attention and will be answered by the end of the story.
3. Emotional Content: Serious issues that come alive in a personal and powerful way and connects the story to the audience.
4. The Gift of Your Voice: A way to personalize the story to help the audience understand the context.
5. The Power of the Soundtrack: Music or other sounds that support and embellish the storyline.
6. Economy: Using just enough content to tell the story without overloading the viewer.
7. Pacing: The rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

Adapted from the 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling, Center for Digital Storytelling, Berkeley CA

Digital Storytelling Documents

Planning Documents
Standards Covered.doc
Digital Storytelling Schedule.doc - English 9 Sample
We Are Finally Here.doc - Digital Storytelling Display Signs
Media Release Form.doc

Classroom Handouts
Assignment I, II, & III

Student Resources
Fair Use Photos Short.doc
Storyboard Graphic Organizer.doc
10NovEnglish 9 Handout seven_elements.pdf
17NovDescriptive words for Digital Storytelling.doc

Assessment of WHS Projects
09NovHandout DigitalStorytellingProccess.pdf
Google Docs Collaborative Assessment Model
DS Final Rubric.doc
DS Final Rubric.pdf
DS AssessmentRationale.doc

Curriculum Resources
English Language Arts ISBE Standards
Standards by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Movie Maker Resources [Torrise]
Photo Story
Story Board Pro [See Mrs. Torrise for Login]

Non-WHS Resources
Digital Storytelling Directory of Resources
Digital Storytelling and Reforming PowerPoint
Integrating Digital Stories in the Classroom
Lesson Plans for Digital Storytelling
Primary Access Movie Maker & Storyboard

Storytelling Examples from Outside of WHS
Creative Narrations Recommended
Digital Storytelling - Niles Township High School District 219
Stories for Change -
Teacher Digital Stories - Scott County School
A Day in the Life of an Educator - Teacher created examples. Many examples of Voicethread.
Austin's Best Friend
Daddy's Little Girl - Great example of photo effects.
How to Change A Life - Great example of effective pacing and sound editing. Note the timing of lyrics at the end of the story.
Lessons Learned - A story of second chances.
You Are Only A Stranger Once - Great example of using imagery and soundtrack in digital storytelling.

Curriculum Extensions
50 Ways to Tell a Story
DigiTales - The Art of Telling Digital Stories Project
Dostal. The First Generation of a Czech Family in America
Kids With Cameras - Born into Brothels

Research & Articles
Digital Storytelling: A Practical Classroom Management Strategy by Mechelle M. De Craene
Digital Storytelling Finds Itself in the Classroom by Tom Banaszewski
Tips for Digital Storytelling by John Orech
Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre by Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine

101 Digital Storytelling Tools - Part 1 by Özge Karaoğlu
101 Digital Storytelling Tools - Part 2 by Özge Karaoğlu
101 Digital Storytelling Tools - Part 3 by Özge Karaoğlu
101 Digital Storytelling Tools - Part 4 by Özge Karaoğlu