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Keywords: Digital Story
Subject(s): Art, Social Skills, Technology, Writing, Animation, Reading, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Thompson Community Center, Warren, MI
Planned By: Sylvia Maisano
Original Author: Sylvia Maisano, Warren
Discuss how stories are told. Have students share a favorite story they like to tell. Then talk about how these stories can be translated using technology.

Use a storyboard sheet for them to plan their story out and what they want their audience to see.

Depending on what form of software you use, go over how PowerPoint, Photo Story and Windows Movie Maker work.

Go over Copyright and Fair Use laws.

Have them create their story for presentation. If you have a white-board, it can be displayed for all to see in the classroom.

I usually give a rubric with the assignment. They must have a storyboard first before even proceeding to the digital story.

We even incorporate students to use their own photos in their story and insert music from the music library.

Stories can also be directed to have a theme. For instance one of my topics is:
"How I Stayed in School"
Or we often review websites like www.myhero.com and www.abovetheinfluence.com and www.freedomwriters.com to see how other students have succeeded in high school.

Digital story telling is also a way for students to create a career map of what they want to do.

Rubric Example:
10-20 slides
Story Concept


Materials: Mobile Labs, Point and Shoot, Authoring and Publishing, Slideshow, Animation, Sound Libraries
Other Items: 2 Digital Cameras/point and shoot, $75 each, total of $150.00