As an educator, it can seem quite overwhelming to assign your students a digital storytelling project. There can be many external as well as internal challenges that range from school resources to personal comfort level with technology. However, these challenges should not deter you from assigning a project to your students. The potential benefits can really add value to learning on many levels where students can demonstrate a mastery of content as well as advance their development of 21st Century literacies.

There are many variables to consider so that the assignment promotes strong engagement, learning, creativity, collaboration, and ultimately successful projects. Below is a useful guide to best practices for assigning digital stories in the classroom. It focuses on 5 different variables: identifying your resources, developing the assignment, teaching the technical tools, managing student projects, and managing equipment. Please consider these items before beginning a project in your classroom.

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Best Practices for Digital Storytelling in the Classroom 14 September,2011Matthew Williams



Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

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