Digital Storytelling with the iPad - dummies

By Sam Gliksman

Part of iPad in Education For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Digital storytelling is the modern form of the ancient art of telling stories. Storytelling is how we make sense of the world around us. It’s how we pass knowledge, cultural traditions, narratives, and fables from one generation to the next.

Storytelling is an integral part of education that spans all ages and academic disciplines. Digital storytelling simply raises the art to a new level of experience that can be a refreshing and engaging alternative to more traditional content and text-based educational practices. The following are some examples:

  • Producing an animated puppet show to demonstrate understanding of new vocabulary

  • Creating a video or screencast to explain a complex scientific concept

  • Interviewing grandparents on video or audio for a family history project

  • Creating a documentary of a pivotal event in history using images and audio narration

  • Using stop motion animation to demonstrate a scientific principle or experiment

  • Creating a mock audio presidential debate between two candidates at a pivotal moment in history

  • Producing a video political campaign ad as a means of analyzing key issues that influence voters, in addition to exploring and demonstrating the influence of media on voting trends

  • Keeping a first-person audio journal of an individual who lived during a specific period in history

  • Explaining a mathematical concept by creating a screencast tutorial

  • Creating a narrated video advertisement for travel to a particular country as a means of either learning history or practicing foreign language skills