In class we were shown a variety of examples of digital stories. After reading Chapter 3 of “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?“, I wanted to look into digital storytelling more. I went to YouTube and looked up different videos on what a digital story is and examples of digital stories. Below is a video I found that explains how to write a digital story.
I loved the idea of creating digital stories. I think that this is a great alternative to creating a book of stories in a classroom. When I was in elementary school we would write a story and illustrate it by hand. We were limited by our artistic ability to fully illustrate our story. With digital storytelling, students have the opportunity to use real photographs of the event to tell a story. I feel that using real pictures to tell the story helps the reader see and put themselves into the story. Creating digital stories also gives students more options to express their creativity.
Digital stories also give students who have a fear of public speaking the ability to share their work. The digital story will already have a voice recorded telling the story, all the student has to do is click play. I think this is a great way to have all students share their work with the class. Teachers can also use digital stories to host a book reading in their classroom. In elementary school, my brother’s second grade class hosted an event like this. Parents came to the classroom to listen to their child read the story the child created. I was invited to this event as it was at the end of the school day and my teacher let me go to his classroom in Pod 2, which happened to be the same pod I was in. I noticed that some of the students stumbled over the words they wrote. If digital storytelling had been around then, this would have been a great way to present the best work that the student created.
I would definitely implement this concept into my classroom. I think it’s a fun change to the way class is run and the students would enjoy it.