Digital Storytelling Workshops Available
by Dr. Helen Barrett

One-hour Conference Presentations Half-day Awareness Session Full Day Limited Hands-on Session Two-day Hands-on Workshop

Online Workshops will also be available soon!


One-Hour Conference Presentations & Keynote Addresses

Digital Storytelling in e-Portfolios for Reflection and Deep Learning

The ancient art of storytelling can be a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection, Add today’s multimedia technology and you have a highly motivating project-based learning activity as well as a powerful artifact in an electronic portfolio. A digital story is a short digital video clip, usually told in first person narrative with the learner’s own voice, illustrated primarily with still images, and often with an added music track. In this presentation, participants will see examples of digital stories created by learners of all ages, learn about the principles of Digital Storytelling, and the variety of strategies that can be used with diverse learners, from kindergarten through graduate school and into retirement. Keynote Addresses: [IRA Technology Institute, May 1, 2005 (356K PDF)] [University of St. Thomas, September 24, 2005 (1.2 MB PDF)] [ULearn05 Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, July 13, 2005 (847K PDF)]

(50 word description) The ancient art of storytelling is a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection, Add today’s multimedia technology and you have a highly motivating project-based learning activity as well as a powerful reflective artifact in an electronic portfolio. See examples of digital stories created by learners of all ages, K-adult.

Digital Storytelling and Podcasting: Linking Technology, Narrative, and Personal Histories

Storytelling is a powerful tool for learning and reflection. Add today’s multimedia technology for project-based learning. See short videos created by students to tell family stories set in historical context.
* Learn about the process of digital storytelling to replace traditional report formats (paper, PowerPoint).
* Learn about the free software tools that can be used to develop digital stories and podcasts in classrooms.
* See some examples of digital family stories created with Middle School Language Arts students, either as personal narrative or as documenting family histories.
* Learn about online resources available to continue the study of digital storytelling and podcasting in the classroom.
(to be presented at the National Council for Social Studies, November 30, 2007)

Multiple Purposes of Digital Stories in ePortfolios

Share examples of digital stories/podcasts in ePortfolios to address different purposes (introduction of self, reflection, rich multimedia artifacts) and emerging Web 2.0 development tools. (presented at NECC 2007, available as podcast on iTunes). Based on online paper of the same name.


Half-day Awareness Session

Digital Storytelling (hands-on session)

In this hands-on session, participants will learn basic strategies for digital storytelling using a low-end digital video editing program for Macintosh or Windows XP. Beginning with a pre-recorded audio clip, participants will illustrate a very short digital story with digital still images, transitions, titles and special effects. The resulting short digital video clip can be posted to the Internet, pressed to a CD-ROM or DVD, transferred to videotape, or sent as an e-mail attachment. Following the hands-on activities, participants will discuss simple strategies to begin creating digital stories for themselves or with their students.


Full Day Limited Hands-On Session

Creating Digital Stories and Podcasts: Multimedia Tools for Personal and Historical Narratives

Learn how to create short digital audio or video clips, tied to content standards, recorded in the learner’s voice, illustrated with still images, with optional music track for emotional tone.
* Learn about the process of digital storytelling to replace traditional report formats (paper, PowerPoint).
* Learn basic skills in using the common software tools that can be used to develop digital stories and podcasts in classrooms (Audacity, GarageBand).
* See some examples of digital family stories created with Middle School Language Arts students, either as personal narrative or as documenting family histories.
* Learn about online resources available to continue the study of digital storytelling and podcasting in the classroom.

Content: Participants will learn about the use of digital storytelling and podcasting in the curriculum, and its role in literacy development for the 21st Century. The process will include the elements of digital storytelling, and how digital storytelling supports the achievement of content standards in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Podcasting (audio-only digital stories) will also be explored.

Skills: Participants will learn how to improve their students communication skills using technology, especially through the use of still images to illustrate their stories, and using their own voices to narrate the stories they have written. Participants will develop a simple story using multimedia clips provided for the participants. Participants will also learn how to record audio clips using a microphone and Audacity (open source software) or an iPod with microphone.

Presentation Strategies: Participants will hear and see examples of digital stories and podcasts created by secondary students. A brief overview of the development process will be outlined (with brief demonstration), along with the recommended hardware (microphones, iPod) and free software. Hands-on time will be provided to learn how to record audio, place on a timeline in a digital video editing program (iMovie on Macintosh or MovieMaker/PhotoStory on Windows XP)


Two Day Hands-On Workshop

See the agenda (178K PDF) for a workshop provided for the Canby (Oregon) School District in 2006 and Gresham (Oregon) in 2007.

Generic Two-Day Agenda (153K PDF) & Rubric (73K PDF)

Preparing for a Hands-On Digital Storytelling Workshop: Institutional Preparation - Individual Preparation


©2007, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D. - updated September 26, 2007