Digital Storytelling

Research suggests that using Digital Storytelling technology can:

  • engage and motivate students

  • help students understand the reading and writing process

  • address 21st Century learning skills:

    • digital literacy: the ability to communicate and discuss issues

    • global literacy: the ability to read, interpret, respond, and contextualize messages from a global perspective.

    • technology literacy: the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance.

    • visual literacy: the ability to understand, produce, and communicate through visual images.

    • information literacy: the ability to find, evaulate, and synthesize information.

This one page document shows the various topics that are currently considered "hot" by leading experts in the literacy field.

This article explains a variety educational uses of digital storytelling. The authors also explain how digital storytelling addresses 21st century learning through digital literacy, global literacy, technology literacy, visual literacy, and information literacy.

This article discusses the need for educators to expand the definition of literacy to include the many facets of technology that are present in today's society in order to prepare students for future employment.

Researchers believe that students need to be taught a new set of literacy skills in order to successfully navigate through the quickly change world of technology. This article provides teachers with four principles to guide literacy instruction.

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A brief history of how digital storytelling came to be used in today's classroom is presented in this article in addition to a theoritical framework. Suggestions for several digital storytelling projects are also given.


This article is written as a personal reflection by a classroom teacher who integrated digital storytelling in order to engage students and differentiate instruction. The author outlines the benefits of using digital storytelling in the classroom, reflects on what is necessary for successful implementation, and provides useful websites for further information on the topic.

This article provides a rationale for using digital storytelling technology with students who struggle with writing in order to increase their motivation and understanding of texts. Teacher resources and examples of student work are also provided in the article.

English Language Learners

This article provides a rationale for integrating storytelling technology, such as PhotoStory and iMovie, into classrooms in order to scaffold and support student learning. Directions for creating digital jumpstarts are provided in addition to teacher examples.