Motivating Students to Take Control of Learning With Digital Storytelling

Learning Center Teaching Worshop

Using technology to reach the digital generation.

What is a Digital Story?

A Digital Story is the use of multimedia to express, explain or share a topic in your own voice.

Tell me a fact and I'll learn. Tell me a truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever."

~ Indian Proverb

The Faculty Approach

Shift Mind Set

No idea is a bad idea.

Focus on Learning

Vs Covering Content

Focus Attention on Main Topic

  • Assign a Topic
  • Do Not LECTURE

Multiple Means of Representation

Creating Learning Resources

  • Videos
  • Websites
  • Infographs
  • Presentations

Rethink Learning Objectives

You must think outside the box, and explore all options.

Focus on Student Interest

  • Discussion
  • Social Interactions

Academic Technology

Delivery Methods

  • Learning Content
  • Examples
  • Final Project

Focus on Mastery

Facilitate Learning

  • Provide Learning Resources
  • Provide Requirements
  • Assessments
Storytelling is the way we learn naturally. It's the way lessons and information get transmitted. I can't imagine how we'd communicate without it."

~ Gay Ducky, storyteller, college teacher

The Process for students

Digital Storytelling Process

Enhance the learning experience with Digital Storytelling
“Writing is the primary tool used to plan and create a digital story. The saying “if it ain’t on the page then it ain’t on the stage” is just as true for digital storytelling as it is for theater and movies.”

Jason Ohler, digital storytelling expert

Digital Story Telling Process

  1. Topic Assigned
  2. Research/Explore/Learn using Learning Resources
  3. Write/Script the story based on the Requirements
  4. Storyboard/Plan based on Delivery Method
  5. Gather Material - Image, Video, Audio
  6. Put It All Together
  7. Assessment - Peer Feedback/Reflection (Repeat)
  8. Make Improvements
  9. Share - Final Presentation
  10. Assessment - Instructor Feedback/Reflection

Learning Resources


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Academic Technology Demonstration

Elements of a Digital Story

Think outside the box!

There is more than one way to tell your story.


This presentation discussed key factors neccessary to Motivate Students to Take Control of Learning with Digital Storytelling. Those factors include:

  • Defined a Digital Story
  • The Faculty Approach to Motivating Students to take control with Digital Storytelling
  • 10 Step Digital Story Process students use to complete the assignment
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Published on Jun 16, 2014. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Emily has been working in hip-hop education and teaching an after school media arts program focused on digital storytelling, where students have opportunities to tell stories using photographs, video, music, and voice to tell stories in new and engaging ways.

Published on Jan 27, 2015. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stories are how we think and how we make meaning of our lives. What happens when the only story you tell yourself is the one about your mental illness?

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