**Free eBook - Digital Storytelling in the Classroom**
Posted: 18 Feb 2010 04:37 PM PST
external image Picture+18.pngThe **Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide** is a free twenty-eight page ebook produced by Microsoft. The guide outlines the basics of digital storytelling, offers ideas for digital storytelling projects for all grade levels, and provides examples of digital storytelling projects. Microsoft's **Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide** also offers instruction for using Windows [[#|Movie Maker]] and Photo Story in the classroom.

Applications for Education
Even if you don't use Windows Movie Maker or Photo Story, much of Microsoft's **Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide** can still be applied to your classroom.

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Creating a Story

Students create a storyboard in which they write a story and provide pictures and/or video to illustrate their story.
Students can use pre-made pictures that either they own or are listed as copyright free. They may also include videos
that are free of copyright to help illustrate the point or idea of their overall story. From there, they organize their
pictures and/or video and incorporate them into one of the following software pieces. After the pictures/videos have
been added, students then add their narration in order to bring their story to life. The final stage is to add any
additional audio or music files and in some cases special transitions or movements throughout their movie.

ISTE Student Standards

  • I.Creativity and Innovation:
    • Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • III. Research and Information Fluency:
    • Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • IV. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making:
    • Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Levels

  • Applying
  • Creating


  • Personal Narrative
  • Math story problems
  • Biographies or Autobiographies
  • Geography Atlas - pictures of landforms
  • Describe/narrate adventure from field trip
  • How to - expository writing
  • Detail/describe a science experiment
  • Fantasy - write/narrate a make-believe story
  • English - parts of speech
  • Character analysis


Story Design and Creations

Remember that creating a digital story is not just the students having another opportunity to use the computer. This creation
is more about the writing rather than the technology. Students will spend a majority of the allotted project time, in the creation
and revision stage of their story before they ever get to the computer to put it together. We want to make sure they are creating
an interesting writing piece that will attract and hold the attention of the audience before they put the pictures together and begin
their recording. (Information source - Tell A Story by Michelle Krill)

Digital Story Process from Jason Ohler Digital Storytelling Resources


Digital Storytelling Process from Bernajean Porter - Digitales

Visit her site to receive an explanation of each of the following components in the storytelling process.
(Information source - Tell A Story by Michelle Krill)

Story Maps

storyspineJOhler.jpg StoryTransformationJOhler.jpg

(Information source - Tell A Story by Michelle Krill)


Storyboards help students map out their story and allow them to see the story along with pictures they will be using. This allows the students to see exactly how their story will flow once they begin to use the computer. This is also a chance to see how their story transforms from beginning to end to ensure their will be interest from the audience.

Story Template
Digital Storyboard
Storyboard Template pdf
Blank Storyboard pdf

Storytelling Rubrics

Jason Ohler's Storytelling Rubric
Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubric
Storytelling Rubric
Rubric for Digital Storytelling


Photo Story 3

  • Free [[#|download from Microsoft]]
  • Allows pictures only - no videos
  • Add your voice to each picture individually - so that you can rerecord each section rather than entire story at once
  • Allows you to add transitions between pictures and determine the exact motion over a picture during the movie
  • Allows you to create your own music rather than incorporating 30 second portions from various collections

Movie Maker

  • Available for free from Microsoft if not already loaded on your PC; most machines with XP or Vista will already have this program
  • Allows pictures and videos (they can be imported directly from your camera or from a stored location)
  • Add your voice based on the section amount you determine - it can narrate an entire story at once or have several audio files included
    • Recommend you use a program called Audacity (free download and install) to allow you to record narrations and edit those audio files before use in a movie; a lot easier to complete rerecords when needed
  • Allows transitions before/after pictures and videos
  • Allows effects to be added to pictures (zoom, sepia, etc.)
  • Allows title/ending credits to be added; as separate "images" or they can be as an overlay over another picture in the story
    • Example:
      • Daulton's Growth - From Baby to Toddler to Big Brother

Power Point

(still creating these suggestions)
  • Follow the 20 second slide rule

Online Resources


Digital Story Telling Applications
Google Earth – http://earth.google.com
Job the Web – http://www.jogtheweb.com/
Voice Thread- http://voicethread.com
Slideshare – http://www.slideshare.net/
Map Skip – http://www.mapskip.com/
Other Story Ideas
Learn More About Digital Story Telling
Speed of Creativity
Center for Digital Storytelling http://www.storycenter.org
Jason Ohler - http://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/index.cfm
Other Resources**