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Digital Storytelling Instructional Resources

Digital storytelling projects students both with a voice and an an opportunity to hone their writing and oral reading skills as they create their own digital stories.

This page contains the following freely available resources:

Listen to teacher Springfield School District teacher Ginny Hoke as she describes her use of digital storytelling in her high school languages arts class.

Training Resources


Flick School: Videos by SFETT students on video making topics

The iMovie tutorials are now located on the Tech Tips pages of the Digital Strategies and Innovation web site.


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Instructional Rational

Why is this approach to learning important?

Contests for Students

  • Coming to California — "digital storytelling contest for high school students sponsored by KQED. These autobiographical digital stories tell us how and why students or their families migrated to California." See the Showcase of previous entries.

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Teaching Strategies

Movie Making & Digital Story Resources

  • KidsVid "is an instructional web site aimed at helping teachers and students use video production in class to support project-based learning."
  • Movie-Making for Kids — "Here you'll learn the basics to producing your own digital movie, get to know the terms used in movie-making, and even learn proper techniques in video-shooting!"
  • Film Street — "explore films and film-making"
  • Digital Storytelling Resources

Creating Your Story



When students include music in a podcast or movie that is broadcast on the internet, you will need to follow copyright laws.

  • Motion Media: 10% or up to 3 minutes (whichever is less)
  • Text: 10% or up to 1,000 words (whichever is less)
  • Music/Lyrics: up to 10% but no more than 30 seconds of an individual work

Be sure that any music your students include in their podcasts is copyright free or you have purchased the distribution rights. For more information, see Legal Issues In Creating Your Own Podcast. If you want to use existing materials in a podcast (e.g. music), see the Finding Podsafe Content under Background and Further Resources. This page provides a variety of links to resources that you can legally incorporate into your podcasts. Easy to read resources are available for teachers and students from CyberBee. Teacher Info / Student Information.

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  • Bull, G., & Kajder, S. (2004). Digital Storytelling in the language arts classroom. Learning & Leading with Technology, Volume 32 Number 4, pages 46-49. Available online (PDF file)

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Research Basis

Research Basis

How can digital storytelling help your students? The following information is from the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET) web site.

Q: How can technology influence student academic performance?

  • Answer: Technology improves performance when the application provides opportunities for students to design and implement projects that extend the curriculum content being assessed by a particular standardized test and directly supports the curriculum objectives being assessed.

Q: How can technology develop higher order thinking and problem solving?

  • Answer: Technology can enable the development of critical thinking skills when students use technology presentation and communication tools to present, publish, and share results of projects.

Q: How can technology improve student motivation, attitude, and interest in learning?

  • Answer: Technology improves motivation, attitude, and interest when students use technology applications to produce, demonstrate, and share their work with peers, teachers, and parents.

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