Digital Storytelling

Foreword: Digital storytelling uses interactive web-based applications (referred to as Web 2.0) to communicate and tell stories. The stories told can be fiction or non-fiction
Digital Storytelling Tools:
I will focus on a few very popular Web 2.0 tools that can be used for digital storytelling.

Blogging
Generally used as an online journal with the ability for readers to comment and for the author and other readers to reply to those comments.
Twitter
An application which allows the author to post updates of 140 characters at a time. Posts can be seen by a person’s followers.
YouTube
A site that hosts video content. People can post video-based stories, movies, or vlogs (video blogs).
Alignment with English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum:
Within the Saskatchewan ELA curriculum (p. 12) there are 3 goals which are a framework for student learning and responding to texts. Each of these goals can be met using any of these digital storytelling tools.
Saskatchewan ELA curriculum
= Component=
=Digital Storytelling Tool=
Comprehend and Respond
Twitter, Blogging, YouTube
Compose and Create
Blogging and YouTube, Twitter to a lesser extent
Assess and Reflect
Twitter, Blogging, YouTube
Safety Concerns:
In order to address common safety concerns while students are online I offer these suggestions:
  • Make sure parents are aware of the extent of use of Web 2.0 tools you are requiring of students
  • Discuss at length appropriate online behaviour with students
  • Monitor students’ posts on a daily basis
  • Require students to submit their posts to you before they are given approval to post them online
  • Encourage students to keep their real life friends (IRL) separate from their online acquaintances

Digital Storytelling Resources