Digital Storytelling

Course overview

This immersive 5-day course is designed to introduce educators to the powerful world of digital storytelling and explore its potential to foster critical and interpretive thinking, enhance students’ learning experiences, and boost motivation. Participants will delve into the key elements of digital storytelling and gain hands-on experience in creating their own digital stories, practicing the necessary skills to effectively integrate this innovative approach into their teaching practices.

The course will begin by raising awareness of technological developments in teaching and learning, setting the stage for exploring the transformative power of digital storytelling. Participants will enhance their critical understandings of storytelling, meaning-making, and all aspects of production, enabling them to identify the key ingredients involved in building compelling and meaningful stories.

Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in structuring and designing effective narratives, exploring various styles, genres, and digital film techniques. Participants will learn about sound, lighting, framing, and interviewing techniques, enhancing their ability to produce captivating digital stories that resonate with their students.

The course will also provide participants with practical experience in editing and online distribution, ensuring they have a comprehensive understanding of the entire digital storytelling process, from conceptualization to dissemination.

To enhance the learning experience and provide a cultural context, the course will incorporate a guided cultural visit within Čakovec and Međimurje County. This visit will allow participants to explore local heritage sites, cultural institutions, or eco-conscious organizations, drawing inspiration and practical examples for integrating cultural elements and sustainable practices into their digital storytelling projects.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1: Introduction to digital storytelling

  • Icebreakers and networking activities
  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Overview of the course methodology and expectations
  • Exploring the concept of digital storytelling
  • Main strategies supporting digital storytelling implementation in education
  • Group discussions: The role of educators in digital storytelling and fostering motivation

Day 2: Elements of compelling digital stories

  • Digital storytelling process
  • Types of digital stories
  • Digital storytelling in the classroom
  • Elements of digital storytelling
  • Common storytelling-making mistakes

Day 3: Unleashing creativity and cultural exploration

  • Unleashing creativity in digital storytelling
  • Media copyright
  • Finding and incorporating media in storytelling
  • Cultural visit (e.g. museum, heritage site) guided in English to explore local heritage and sustainability practices
  • Post-visit activities: Incorporating cultural elements and sustainable practices into digital storytelling projects

Day 4: Scriptwriting, storyboarding, and digital tools

  • Introduction to scriptwriting
  • Storyboarding: Tips and tricks
  • Overview of free online tools for educators and students
  • Practical sessions

Day 5: Digital storytelling in practice

  • Creation of digital stories
  • Presentations: Participants share their digital storytelling projects
  • Developing action plans for implementing digital storytelling in practice
  • Course evaluation and feedback
  • Certification ceremony

The classes typically run from 9 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, with the afternoon and evening reserved for self-reflection and individual study. However, the course schedule may be adjusted to accommodate the preferences of the participants and the availability of instructors or external learning locations. Participants will receive the finalized schedule well in advance, allowing ample time for preparation and planning.

Learning outcomes:

The participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of technological developments in teaching and learning, recognizing the potential of digital storytelling to enhance students’ learning experiences and motivation.
  • Evaluate the key elements involved in building compelling and meaningful stories, fostering critical understandings of storytelling and meaning-making.
  • Design effective narratives for digital storytelling projects, incorporating various styles, genres, and digital film techniques.
  • Implement media techniques, such as sound, lighting, framing, and interviewing, to produce captivating digital stories.
  • Utilize editing and online distribution tools to create and disseminate digital stories effectively.
  • Integrate cultural elements and sustainable practices observed during the guided cultural visit into their digital storytelling projects, promoting inclusive and environmentally conscious narratives.
  • Collaborate with fellow educators to share best practices, strategies, and resources for implementing digital storytelling in educational settings.
  • Develop action plans for incorporating digital storytelling into their teaching practices, fostering critical thinking, interpretive skills, and student engagement.
  • Evaluate their own digital storytelling projects and identify areas for continuous improvement in leveraging this innovative approach for transformative learning experiences.
  • Promote creativity, self-expression, and meaningful storytelling among students through the effective implementation of digital storytelling in educational contexts.

Course fee:

  • 400 euro per participant (covered entirely by the Erasmus grant)

Course fee includes:

  • At least 25 hours of course content;
  • Course materials;
  • Certificate of participation;
  • Europass, on request;
  • Learning / Mobility Agreement;
  • Visits to local institutions, if available;
  • Personalized support;
  • Free high-speed WIFI internet at the POU Čakovec premises;
  • Refreshments;
  • Administration costs;
  • Dissemination materials.
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