Are you interested in infusing some new ideas into your storytelling lesson plans? Here are a few tips from SimpleK12’s teacher training video, Strategies and Tips for Getting Started with Digital Storytelling.
With so many methods and tools available out there for digital storytelling, it can be overwhelming to get started.
1. Start with the Basics
You may be interested to use some web tools or mobile apps to help your students tell their stories. However, before you decide how you’re going to tell your story, figure out what story you are telling. Technology is great, but it’s always best to focus on the stories first, and fill in the technology part later on. This way you can keep the end in mind and customize the tool to fit your story, instead of the other way around.
2. The “3 things” Method
Help your students get started by giving them a thing, a place, and a person to include in their story. For example, tell them to include a pizza, a garden, and a mailman. For students struggling to get started, they may choose to include these things as some of the main elements in their story. For students with other ideas, it will encourage them to get creative and work these things in however they can. Even though your students are starting with the same 3 things, you’ll be surprised at all the different places they’ll end up.
3. Storytelling Speed Bump
Once your students have gotten started and are creating their stories, stop the class and exclaim, “Storytelling Speed Bump!”. Tell your students they have to include something in their story right now. Maybe it’s a new character, a new place, or a surprise twist – you can decide what you want the speed bump to be. This is a great way to expand your students’ minds and foster creative thinking skills.
Watch the rest of this on-demand video to learn more tips for getting started with storytelling in your classroom. When you’re ready for even more tips, SimpleK12 has over 26 videos on digital storytelling to help you engage your students and increase their creativity and writing skills.
Have you tried any of these ideas in the classroom with your students? Let us know about your favorite way to get started with storytelling – leave a comment on this post below!