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Peer Review

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

by Bernard R. Robin, Ph. D.


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 28, 2009 by Faculty Development
Overview: This rich and informative web site is organized at the home page into eight main sections that cover the following areas in detail: 1.The Home page presents a brief overview of Digital Storytelling and includes a video introduction to Digital Storytelling. 2. The Examples section offers links to several sections containing example digital stories. Some of these stories were found on the Internet. Other examples were created by K-12 teachers, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members from the University of Houston. 3. The Software section offers a list of technology applications that can be used to create digital stories, including information on finding resources on the web. 4. The Essentials section includes links to basic principles of Digital Storytelling, Educational Uses, Goals and Objectives, and Copyright. 5. The Create section includes information on getting started and storyboarding as well as tutorials on downloading and using Microsoft Photo Story 3 software. 6. The Evaluation section includes rubrics and how Digital Storytelling aligns with educational standards. 7. The Web 2.0 section includes resources related to common Web 2.0 tools and Digital Storytelling. 8. The Links section provides an extensive list of resources related to Digital Storytelling.
Type of Material: A collection and a tutorial
Recommended Uses: An excellent resource for faculty development and teacher education workshops or classes on using digital media in the classroom on or off line. It is useful for all disciplines from the sciences and math to history, English, and art.
Technical Requirements: No special requirements unless you plan on creating digital stories. Otherwise just a browser, Powerpoint or Powerpoint viewer, and Adobe Reader is all that is needed.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The purpose of this web site is to provide an introduction to and overview of digital story telling for educational purposes. It intends to show how this technology is being used in education; to quide you step by step in the creation of a digital story; to show you how to install and use the technology tools; to inform you of the research behind digital story telling in education and introduce you to a classroom rubric; lastly, to offer further resources and connect you with others who are interested in digital story telling.
Target Student Population: Primary School, Middle School, High School, College or University (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate)All levels of teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Any experience with multimedia is useful but not essential.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The instructional goals drive the technology. Strong educational goals for teachers and students are taken into account along with the broader educational objectives. Excellent examples of successful digital storytelling. Good start on a digital storytelling typology. Types of Digital Stories include: 1.Personal Narratives. 2. Examination of Historical Themes and Events. 3. Stories that Inform or Instruct
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: A clearly written how-to guide on creating a digital story event and setting up and using the necessary technology in an educational setting. Most importantly the educational and instructional why is effectively articulated.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The website structure and organization makes it very easy to navigate and find information that has been categorized into logical and understandable sections.
Concerns: Presentation notes would be helpful in using many of the included PowerPoints.

Other Issues and Comments: There may be other free and popular tools to use for the sound capture and editing like Audacity.

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States