Sample Stories
Tools- How-to


This page will include some resources, notes and reflections on digital storytelling... a type of blog.

Updated on Dec 18, 2010 by Helen Barrett (Version 4)

posted by Helen Barrett on Aug 31, 2011
I just found a Digital Storytelling course outline that included a comprehensive look at the research on digital storytelling.
This is a great resource!
On this search, I also found the following resources:
from Wes Fryer's blog: Research-based support for digital storytelling and Dual-Coding Theory
from University of Houston's Website on Digital Storytelling

Embed Google Docs videos in Google Sites
posted by Helen Barrett on Jun 23, 2011
This was announced today: Embed your Google Docs videos


Another update
posted by Helen Barrett on Dec 18, 2010
I decided this site needed another update, to support some of the training I will be doing in 2011. I have organized the site around some pages and sub-pages, to make the content more accessible. I am also going to add some additional pages under Tools. I am starting to explore the use of iOS devices to support digital storytelling (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch devices). Lots of interesting opportunities!

Updated this site
posted by Helen Barrett on Jun 4, 2010
This website was originally developed in 2009 to support a series of webinars that were developed for the Council of Independent Colleges. A website was subsequently developed and posted to the CIC website.  In 2010, this Google site is being modified to support workshops in K-12 schools.

Digital Storytelling in K-12 schools
posted by Helen Barrett on Apr 30, 2009
This message is from a friend and colleague, Jeannie Biddle, who is a pioneer in Digital Storytelling through Scott County Schools, in response to a question on a listserv.

You don't say what age/grade level so, I'll figure they are K12...we've done digital storytelling with G&T students and the products are awesome!

The basics as always revolve around the story - succinct, clear, and a deep nugget of knowledge with an unsuspecting twist! Have them work together in a "kiva - like" environment for sharing their written work and seeking excellence via writing with suggestions from their peers. Guide if necessary through samples - lots and lots and lots of samples! Oh yes...we also video conferenced with an author-friend who shared writing tips/tricks! They loved it!

Give them the basics of iLife once the written work is completed and remind them to be unique in their use of images, effects, voice, sound, and artifacts - they are so creative and often ask "can we do this" - to which the answer is absolutely - keeping in mind the "format" of the DST. They became specialists of areas in which they had the greatest interest (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb). They seem to take to the iLife apps intuitively and often surpass the average teacher in understanding the capacity/potential of iLife.

We also included more indepth digital citizenship this go around as well as copyright discussions as "responsible digital citizens".

This was the first time, the stories revolved around a theme - student idea and chosen by them through consensus and buy-in. Very powerful!

I was able to integrate additional elements with this conferencing, collaboration, consensus/team building, critical thinking, peer mentoring that I hadn't with other students and raised the bar to encourage them to bring on another student (not G&T) and teach them the process.