e-Learning for Educators
Course Information



Digital Storytelling**
 
Course Description
    

This course on Digital Storytelling uses tools and techniques to enable teachers to incorporate and use electronic media in their lessons.  This course introduces participants to the nature and educational uses of digital stories and guides participants in developing and producing a story of their own.  Participants will learn how to plan a story, obtain and incorporate still images and video clips, add voice narration and background music, and enhance their final products with special effects and transitions.  Participants will be introduced to a variety of freely obtainable software programs to develop their digital stories.  Upon completion of this course, participants will have developed their own lesson plans to engage students in their own learning. 

**This course is recognized as a technology course and will meet the technology coursework requirements for recertification.

Participants must expect to spend a minimum of 45 hours to complete this course.
This course requires average to advanced technology skills.
Participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher, school counselor or school administrator.
 

 
Course Syllabus
    

Digital Storytelling

Course Description

This course on Digital Storytelling uses tools and techniques to enable teachers to incorporate and use electronic media in their lessons.  This course introduces participants to the nature and educational uses of digital stories and guides participants in developing and producing a story of their own.  Participants will learn how to plan a story, obtain and incorporate still images and video clips, add voice narration and background music, and enhance their final products with special effects and transitions.  Participants will be introduced to a variety of freely obtainable software programs to develop their digital stories.  Upon completion of this course, participants will have developed their own lesson plans to engage students in their own learning. 

This course meets the 2008 ISTE NETS for Teachers, especially Standards I, II and III.  In addition, it will help teachers to enable their students to meet the 2007 ISTE NETS for Students especially Standards I, II, III and IV.

Prerequisites

This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience.  Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files.  Access to Microsoft Office is recommended.  Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course

Goals

This course will enable participants to:

  • demonstrate how digital stories may be used both as teaching tools and as learning products,
  • plan a story using scripting and storyboarding techniques,
  • obtain and select digital images and video clips,
  • record narration, obtain and incorporate additional audio material,
  • understand copyright regulations and restrictions when using multimedia sources,
  • be aware of the various software programs available for creating digital stories, and
  • combine script and multimedia into a digital story, enhanced with special effects.

Assessment and Course Requirements

Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete.  High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course.  Additionally, participants will develop portions of a digital story during each week’s session.  Weekly assignments address sections of this digital story and .weekly discussions will provide meaningful collaboration.  A Project Rubric is provided in Session One.

Course Products:

Participants will submit a digital story in movie format which successfully meets the criteria provided in the course rubric.  Course participants are expected to complete weekly assignments, including active participation in the online discussion board.  In addition, participants will develop and share their ideas to incorporate tools and strategies presented in this course into their own curricula.  

Discussion Participation

Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation.  Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads.  Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.  Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion and tone.  Guidelines for discussion postings, as developed by the EdTech Leaders Online, are available at the following link:  http://www.edtechleaders.org/documents/discussion_guidelines.htm

 

Sessions Overview

Session One:  Using Digital Storytelling to Communication

Session One provides an opportunity to understand how digital stories may be used both as teaching tools and as learning products.  Participants will view examples of digital stories; how they can be used in the classroom; and be introduced to a selection of software programs that can be used to create digital stories.

Session Two:  Pulling a Digital Story Together; Scripting and Storyboarding

In Session Two, participants will start planning a story using scripting and storyboarding techniques.  Storyboarding is an essential component of creating a digital story.  In this session, participants will learn how to identify and clarify the story, view examples of storyboards and create a storyboard. 

Session Three:  Assembling and Importing Visual Resources

Session Three reminds participants of the copyright regulations which apply when incorporating resources created by others and assists them in obtaining still images and/or video footage for a digital story.  Session Three helps participants clarify what is legal in the educational setting. 

Session Four:  Obtaining and Creating Audio Content

Session Four brings in audio content to the digital story and introduces free software for creating and editing audio files.  An introduction is provided to podcasting, an alternate tool for creating a story.  Podcasting is a way to tell a digital story using audio files or it can be combined with the use of images. 

Session Five:  Putting It All Together

Session Five is devoted to practicing with the digital storytelling platform.  Focus is placed on combining audio clips and visual objects.  Additionally, Session Five provides various software options for developing a digital story.

Session Six:  Completing and Refining the Digital Story

In Session Six, the script and multimedia will be combined to form a digital story.  The characteristics of an exemplary digital story will be explained and several options for including special effects and transitions will be presented.  The digital storytelling rubric will be used to determine whether or not adjustments need to be made to finalize the project.