Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

The Importance of Digital Storytelling


Digital storytelling is going to transform education. Technology is the overarching tool that drives all industries and education is no exception.  Teachers and students have access to smartphones, computers and GoPro cameras in their school or classrooms.  Some schools are putting a device in every student’s hands.  

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I teach in rural Michigan and every student has a Chromebook, 40 percent of my 5th grade students have a smartphone, 65 percent of my 6th grade students have a smartphone and 92 percent of my 7th grade students have a smartphone.  This means that every student in our school has the ability to take pictures, record video, add music and edit video and tell a wonderful story and share it with an authentic audience.


Students already use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Snapchat to communicate with each other.  Video and images have dramatically changed HOW communication takes place.Facebook allows for longer videos and longer stories where Twitter only allows for 140 characters which forces the user to make a pitch.  Snapchat only allows 10-second videos and when it is opened it only stays on for 10-seconds.  However, expeditioness plays a critical role in how students communicate their story.  


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Schools across the country want their students to focus on the four C’s (critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity) for 21st century skills and; digital/video storytelling bridges these learning skills across subjects and disciplines.  


Digital storytelling offers a unique, personalized authentic experience for the student and it is student-driven.  It gives the student an opportunity to SHOW their learning on a platform they are comfortable with and  like to use with their friends.  Digital storytelling is great for:


  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Metacognition (students think about their thinking when they create a video of their learning)
  • Sharing learning with parents, teachers, administrators and community
  • Engagement
  • Portfolios
  • Formative assessment


Digital Storytelling also documents the lesson that is being taught.  Every time a student captures their learning they are essentially capturing the lesson being taught.  When teachers share those videos with each other, the world will have access to lessons that are being taught across the world.  The facts already say that one billion unique users are using YouTube each month.  Teachers would be able to review and rate lessons and it would not matter where they were teaching, they would have access to the best lessons on the planet.

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CrossBraining understands the power of video.  CrossBraining shows teachers and students how to create 45-second narrated videos of the learning that takes place in the classroom. We have a template that steps both students and teachers through the process to learn, capture, and share. But it gets even better, our new app will be coming out soon! Stay tuned. Image removed.