Every semester, I have my students do a Digital Story project. If you are unfamiliar with digital stories, think of them as small films with clear objectives and instructions. If you would like to read more about my journeys in Digital Storytelling, see my earlier articles: “My First Attempt at Digital Storytelling” and “Digital Storytelling in the Classroom.”
Every time that I assign this project, my students never cease to amaze me (and themselves). Their work is innovative, creative, and dynamic. They produce excellent pieces of work and, even when they struggle, often feel like they have produced something of merit.
If you would like some background on the project, here is the instruction hand-out:
You may also download a PDF version of the instructions here: Digital Story Instructions. I grant access to all educators to use and/or modify this content so long as they credit me.
I also distribute to students a copy of the rubric, so they know exactly how their work will be graded.
You may download a PDF version of this rubric here: Digital Storytelling Rubric
While all of the students produced amazing work, I only have the space to highlight a few examples.
This one is an edited live action! Very cool!!
This is one of my favorite student projects to assign. They get so creative and the product is so enjoyable. What I find most important is that it highlights many important skills that they need to learn:
- Adaption of new tools and technology
- Problem solving
- Time management
This is in addition to the traditional skills they must employ:
We will be doing this project again in the Spring. Now that they are “experienced,” I can’t wait to see what they produce!