How-To-Guide Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators
This e-book explains digital storytelling and includes tutorials to implement available online tools for digital storytelling and resources through step-by-step tutorials. This e-book is licensed under Creative Commons, and the author's blog lists many more useful resources, downloadable how-to-guides and interesting blog posts: http://langwitches.org/
About the Author
Available Tools for Digital Storytelling
- Google Maps
- Photo Story
- Windows Movie Maker
- Digital Storytelling Resources
- Google Earth
- Google Maps
- Movie Production
- Windows Movie Maker
- Creative Commons Media
- Sound & Music
Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
This website for teachers and students shows how multimedia can be integrated an educational activity such as digital storytelling. Originally begun by faculty members and graduate students in the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Houston College of Education, this website contains various external online resources (still images, audio files and video clips) that are examples of digital media projects. They can serve as a model for educators how they can utilize the power of accessible multimedia to engage students in today's K-12 and higher education classrooms.
This wiki page lists various interesting resources related to digital storytelling in an educational context. It lists books, (media) resources, examples of stop motion & other techniques, as well as student-created stories.
The Kindersite has 1,000s of links to games, songs and stories (not necessarily educationally focused) for young children and it is designed for kinder, child-care, preschool, kindergartens, elementary, primary schools and Special needs plus homeschool, libraries and the home.
The website offers early learners, with the aid of care-givers, a tool to find and use contents in the form of games, songs and stories.
Through a graphical interface it is possible for the child, alone or with assistance, to select contents. The content that is found to be most engaging or requested by a child can be added to a personal list, via an updateable 'My page' mechanism. It will also be possible for caregivers to build a 'my page' for a child with recommendations or required games.
MakeBeliefsComix - Create your own educational comic
MakebeliefsComix is a US based site that offers teachers and others resources and ideas on creating educational comics. It has also been recognised by Google and UNESCO as one of the world's most innovative websites in fostering literacy and reading.
MakeBeliefsComix has recently launched a new version of its website with added features to enrich the experience of students as they write, read and tell comic strip stories online.
A teacher’s guide is available, and the site can be used in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and even Latin as well as English.
DigMo! Education and Creative Technologies Blog
This blog gives an interesting mix of stories on creatively using technology for education with "mini discoveries, tips, apps, and website finds", including topics such as digital storytelling software, student video works, and Apple products ... .The (anonymous) author is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Photographer.
Teaching with Comic Life 2, a guide to using Plasq’s Comic Life 2 in the Classroom
This free ebook is a teaching guide to using Plasq’s Comic Life 2 in the classroom, a digital story telling application. The guide covers the idea of visual story telling and communicating a narrative with only 6 photos. According to the author, the simple graphical user interface and intuitive drag and drop workflow makes Comic Life a perfect tool for classrooms both at primary and secondary level.
The guide includes a task: in small groups pupils will write and communicate a story using only eight photos and the Comic Life Application (you can buy from http://www.plasq.com).
Introduction to Comic Life 2
Story Telling with Comic Life
Writing your Story
Telling a Story Comic Life
Step 1 : Select your layout Template
Step 2 : Importing Images
Step 3 : Adding Image Effects
Step 4 : Adding Text
Exporting and Sharing
Using Bluetooth to transfer Photos and Comics
Transferring Files with Bluetooth
Connecting with DigMo!
FÍS is an inter-related group of projects, for schools, community and development, all based on the power of digital storytelling. The web portal incorporates Eurocreator www.eurocreator.com and digitalcreator www.digitalcreator.ie.
BBC Schools - Learning resources for home and school
This site consists of games, guides, … for kids at home and in school. It also provides information for parents and teachers. Students can check out chats, message boards and more to learn in a pleasant way.
- A variety of games and activities for young children from CBeebies programmes.
Primary subjects - Ages 4 - 11
- Subjects: Art, Geography, History, Languages, Literacy, Music, Numeracy, PSHE, Science, and other subjects
- Example: "Off By Heart: Compete to become the UK poetry recital champion!"
Secondary subjects - Ages 11 - 16
- Subjects: Art, Business Studies, Citizenship, Design & Technology, English, Geography, History, IT, Languages, Maths, Music, PE, PSHE, RE, Science, Study - Skills, Other
- Example: "Student Life: Crash Course Comic -Eight students embark on a school trip..."
- Subjects: General Studies, Geography, History, Languages, Maths, Science, Other Subjects
- Student Life homepage
- School Issues
- Careers & Choices
- Revision & Skills
- Book Club
- Message boards
Teachers pages with key stages
- Help with School Work
- Help with Home/School Life
- Games and Worksheets
Center for Digital Storytelling - listen deeply, tell stories
"The Center for Digital Storytelling is a California-based non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization rooted in the art of personal storytelling. We assist people of all ages in using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share, and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve all our lives.
Many individuals and communities have used the term "digital storytelling" to describe a wide variety of new media production practices. What best describes our approach is its emphasis on personal voice and facilitative teaching methods. Many of the stories made in our workshops are directly connected to the images collected in life's journey. But our primary concern is encouraging thoughtful and emotionally direct writing."