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In Module 2 we  learned about using digital audio to create “powerful” learning experiences. We continue in this spirit in Module 4, but this time using digital storytelling. Digital Storytelling combines the art of storytelling and multimedia technologies to create powerful educative “experiences.”

In this module you will create a digital story, telling the tale of a student or group of students struggling to learn a concept and their eventual success. The twist, at least for our purposes in CEP 800, is that your story will also show how (a) differences in students’ previous understanding, AND/OR (b) differences in teaching strategies affect what students learn.

More specifics about this assignment will be presented in the next page of materials. Before this, however, we first need additional information about digital storytelling. For example, for more information you may want to review:

  • Previous students’ digital stories. Please note: These examples come from slightly different assignments and therefore are NOT exact examples of your CEP 800 project. These examples also provide a “range” of possible outcomes – some better than others. Given these caveats, however, I think you will agree that the projects do an excellent job illustrating the power of this medium.
  • Of course, Hollywood offers some of the best examples of ths powerful media. Ken Burns, for example,  is particularly famous for his use of historical images (along with video interviews) to create documentary films and, most importantly, to tell a great story.
    • You can view an introduction to “Jazz” by clicking on the image below (you will need Real Player to view the video). If you have a slow connection, you can also select the film’s “slower” version –> here
    • At the PBS website for The Civil War you can also find a rich set of resources for telling historical based stories. You can browse historical images and create your own movie by adding narration and music to images. Try it out!


The “Art” of Digital Storytelling

Finally, you may also want to listen to this interview from Ira Glass. Ira Glass is the host from the radio and television show This American Life. The interview is divided into 4 parts.

Part 1: The Power of the Anecdote & The Moment of Reflection

Part 2: Finding Great Stories and Editing Stories

Part 3: Keep Persevering

Part 4: Finding and Speaking in Your Own Voice


After reviewing the above (especially Ira Glass’ account of the Art of Storytelling), please complete the following readings. These readings connect digital storytelling with education.

Reading Assignment:

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