Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's Your Story?

In David Jakes article, the process of storytelling is very intriguing. Digital storytelling is a way for students to write about a variety of experiences or imaginative things; therefore, every student has their own individual story. This process includes writing a story, and adding multimedia concepts of voice, imagery, and music to create their story or movie.

This is a multi-step process that can enhance a child's creativity and technological skills.  A basic recap of the process is to write and script the story then add visual elements which will then you allow to conclude with a final project. I believe this process would be a very interesting project to do in a classroom. Each child is given the ability to show off their own individual creativity to the class. This allows students to see that everybody is different; yet, we are all similar in many ways. By having the students show each other their stories, I believe we are allowing students to learn about their classmates and learn something maybe they did not know. Digital storytelling helps students understand each other and not judge each other. I think this lesson would be ideal to incorporate inclusion into because it is letting each child identify who they are and not having to feel ashamed about it.

Not only do students learn about each other they also enhance their learning with technology. They will be able to comprehend more uses for technology by knowing how to complete several tasks. Students can also work on their writing and spelling skills and allow them to edit and review several times.
Overall, I believe digital storytelling is the way to understand a child. As teachers, we want to connect to children on a personal level and this can be away to help us connect with the student and create a relationship with them. I think this activity can be fun, educational and live changing; therefore, we just need to sit back and let the kids bring their own creativity to the floor.

Jakes, D. S. Capturing Stories, Capturing Lives: An Introduction to Digital Storytelling. JAKESONLINE.ORG. Retrieved October 4, 2011, from http://www.jakesonline.org/storytelling.htm


  1. Danielle,

    I agree with you that digital storytelling would be a great way for students to be able to be creative on their own and have students see that everyone is different but that everyone have a common line that everyone can relate to. I think it would be good for group work too since every student would be able to contribute in a creative way and they would also learn to work as a creative team and that everyone has a different way od showing that creativity.


  2. I agree that digital storytelling is a great way for students to tell their own individual story. It allows for them to show their own creative process and express themselves in ways they may never have considered or been comfortable to do before. Digital storytelling is great also for not only telling the students personal story, but also for highlighting an essential key or topic for other classes such as history, science, and even math.