Learning Log – Digital Storytelling

29 Jan

I spent most of today learning about digital storytelling.  I enjoyed the articles and the step-by-step approach David Jakes provides.  The University of Houston has an amazing collection of examples and everything you need to know to embark on this endeavor.  My son, Donovan, was assigned an autobiography project.  He’s supposed to use PowerPoint to publish it.  How cool would it be for him to complete a digital story instead?  Hmmm. . .

The common message through all of the readings was, in Jason Ohler’s words, “. . . focus on the story first and the digital medium later”.  The writing process was stressed as the most important component of the entire lesson.  I really appreciated that, because it seems technology can overshadow what it is students are supposed to learn in the first place.

Today’s 21st century learner will meet multiple standards by completing a digital story.  Digital storytelling is an invaluable technology to enhance student learning.

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2 Responses to “Learning Log – Digital Storytelling”

  1. shawnlees February 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Nikki! I agree that we must not lose sight of the primary objectives when we begin playing with all these nifty tools. I was quite relieved when I read that too. On another note, I found it interesting when you said Donovan had to do an autobiography project using powerpoint, and it would be neat to have him create something different. I have come across many articles that say powerpoint needs to be banned, particularly from the business world! It would be cool if Donovan could create a digital timeline or story. Wonder how flexible the teacher is? Why can’t he be allowed to demonstrate the objectives while using a different format?

    • nikkisantos36 February 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

      Why have some advised PowerPoint should be banned? I would really like to know. That’s intriguing.

      I was thinking Donovan could do the slideshow and the digital story. Therefore, I wouldn’t ruffle any feathers : ).

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