Get Going in the Classroom

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know that I’ve had a focus on how to incorporate digital storytelling into my school. I know the all too familiar feeling of being overwhelmed by yet another strategy and another approach in my classroom. It can be daunting. However, when something is good for the students, the ol’ teach must learn new tricks! After searching for articles that can help guide myself and my fellow colleagues in the adaptation of digital storytelling, I came across Kevin Cordi’s article, “A Storyteller and Teacher Takes a Digital Dive.”

Cordi instantly reassures his fellow teachers that he knows it can be overwhelming at first, but his experience and outcomes in his classroom have been worth the “dive”. The author lays out beginner steps for integrating storytelling into the classroom and provides resources and tutorials to guide the instructor and students. The article will be catalogued in my personal favorites list as a resource for myself and colleagues as we develop new approaches to literacy and technology in our classrooms. Bookmark this for yourself as a great set of references to get started with digital storytelling!




One thought on “Get Going in the Classroom”

  1. Hi Ashley,
    Thank you for sharing! I agree with you that implementing a new strategy or approach in the classroom many times is so overwhelming. Sometimes I have to remind myself to stay focused on the desired outcome throughout the implementation stage to keep me going when I get frustrated. I have found that good planning before I try new strategies helps me get through different stages more smoothly. The same applies to the implementation of digital storytelling. The article “A Storyteller and Teacher Takes a Digital Dive” is definitely an excellent resource that can help with the planning process as well as with the actual creation of the digital stories. I love all of the tips he provides, but especially number three “Telling stories requires practice and more practice”. The images and sound resources are very useful. The guideline all of us who are creating digital stories should keep in mind is that our main focus is the story and not the technology. “The technology serves as tool to build story.”


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