Digital Storytelling

By Emily Cruse on Thu, 7/9/2009 at 2:49 pm
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Emily Cruse
Curriculum Director, SAFARI Montage

I got this great question in response to my article,  on using video in the classroom, "Using Educational Video in the Classroom: Theory, Research and Practice"

"What do you think of digital story telling and how can it fit in with continuing to attempt an analytical approach to studies rather than just "bringing the kids in"? Also, can digital storytelling be posted on Safari? Thank you, Freda Christie-Frey"

 I thought I'd share my answer, and see if anyone else has anything to share.

"As a former English teacher, I always found that helping students find a genuine audience was a critical element in guiding them towards true engagement with their writing. Knowing that their work was going to be seen—or in the case of multimedia projects, seen and heard—by someone other than just by me (and for the purpose of grading) got kids more excited and more willing to engage analytically with the work they produced.

SAFARI Montage can help provide that genuine audience, since the CreationStation module enables the uploading and sharing of student multimedia projects such as digital stories. These video files can be uploaded onto SAFARI Montage, metatagged with a brief summary or other data, and shared: with their peers, other teachers, parents, perhaps even as a model for students creating their own stories the following year.

Additionally, there’s a great deal of content on SAFARI Montage that shows people using video to tell personal stories, from real world profiles in a Reading Rainbow video to wilderness explorers in National Geographic programs. Sharing clips from some of these can help students to visualize and imagine new possibilities for their own work.

So yes, I think digital story-telling is great and SAFARI Montage can support it in a few different ways."