I’m not currently teaching at the moment, but digital storytelling would be an excellent assignment for my writing students. Typically, they have 4 major writing compositions to complete for the course and the last one they have to present on. I’m pretty open on how they present final compositions whether they do shared readings, performances, or power point, but digital storytelling will be a more precise way they can express their ideas (and easier for me to set up a rubric to grade since they are completing the same type of assignment).
I teach adult students in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses in the advanced levels, before they enter degree-seeking programs. The purpose of the course is to build up the academic writing skills for English Language Learners before they take Composition 101 courses. The majority of the students are international, so with their writing there are diverse perspectives and ideas and I’m sure it will be a similar result in digital storytelling. To begin the project, the students would use their initial composition as their guide to build a storyboard and then choose which tools they would like to use to create their story. This assignment can push students to be more creative and expand their original ideas and not only provide a composition for their portfolio, but also a visual representation as well. Usually, my students are resourceful and technology friendly, but some sites I may suggest to get started include:
Xtranormal: create animated video clips
Animoto: video slideshow creator
Make Belief Comix comic creator
Bookr :create a book using creative commons pictures from Flickr
Visual.ly: create infographics
At this point, I’m considering using digital storytelling just for the final assignment, but should I use for more or at least give the option to?