Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. And the topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.

**Microsoft PhotoStory3**is a digital story telling program which is free to all Windows-based users. The students can put together any story with multimedia elements such as pictures, music, and even record their voices.
Here are a few examples of stories using Photostory 3.
Door Scene


Tutorials for Photostory 3

Why Digital Storytelling???

Storytelling can satisfy the NETS- for Students in the areas of Creativity & Innovation, Communication & Collaboration,
Digital Citizenship, and Technology Operations & Concepts. But most of all, digital storytelling can inspire the students.
What's your story?
The process of digital storytelling may begin to mirror classroom work with the writing process. The types of writing narrative, informative and persuasive can be broken down to show types of activities that will sound very familiar!
Narrative communication
  • Personal Expression
  • Short Story
  • Myths/Tales
  • Docu-Dramas
Informative/Expository communication
  • Summary Reports (very common)
  • Book Reports
  • How-To Directions
  • Biographies
Persuasive communication examples
  • Advertisements/Public Service Announcements
  • Describe/Conclude
  • Analyze/Conclude
  • Analyze/Persuade
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Cause/Effect
  • Documentary

Jason Ohler's Resources - He is a leading authority on story telling and using technology in education.

Ideas for Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum

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