Digital storytelling is a great way to see what your students are thinking. As part of my dream fourth grade reading class, I will have my students do digital stories to create “hidden chapters” of one of the books we are reading. Students will be doing more than just reading the stories and forgetting about them. In essence, they will be using small details within the story to create their own short story. An excellent resource I found for teachers was The Book Report Alternative.
The story has to be based on one of the main characters. Students will use their knowledge of the character’s attributes that they learned while reading to create this “hidden chapter”. The chapter has to fall in line with the storyline of the book. It cannot be a random idea. For example, one of the hidden chapters could be how the main character became friends with another character or what happened while they traveled from one place to another.
They will be able to use music, graphics, still pictures, text, and videos to create their story. For video creation, they will be able to use either iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. For other materials, they can use Photoshop. In regards to recording devices, they can use any device they have available. They are more than welcome to use iPads, smart phones, etc. The stories will not be displayed online so they are free to use copyrighted materials as long as they are appropriate.
Web Resources for Students:
Digital Storytelling Examples
How to use iMovie for Beginners
How to use Windows Movie Maker
How to use Photoshop