Students, teachers: Learn the art of digital storytelling here

Storytelling used to be something kids did huddled around a campfire or sitting Indian-style, books in hand, in a semicircle on the classroom floor. But as computers and other high-tech gadgets proliferate in schools, a new form of the art has emerged: digital storytelling, where a combination of multimedia tools–including graphics, audio, video, animation, and web publishing–are called upon to bring the story to life. Created by Bernard Robin, a professor at the University of Houston College of Education, “Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling” provides resources for teachers and students to explore the literal anatomy of the digital story. Site visitors will find information documenting the evolution and emergence of digital storytelling, a list of technological tools that can be used to create digital narratives, compelling examples of digital stories, evaluations to help educators assess these digital projects, and a list of additional resources to help students and teachers further explore the medium. The site also lists a common set of educational goals and objectives to be achieved through the integration of digital storytelling in the classroom, including how digital stories can appeal to students’ diverse learning styles and develop better communication skills by teaching students to ask questions, construct narratives, and write for an audience, among other benefits.

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