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Teaching Storytelling

Teaching Storytelling

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Published by Toni de la Torre

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Published by: Toni de la Torre on Apr 28, 2011
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Teaching Powerful Storytelling 
Today’s technology allows students and faculty to tell stories inpowerful ways. The digital camera, editing software, and mediaoutlets means that anyone can tell their story. Not only can learnersof all ages tell their story, but they can share a curricular concept, helpin professional learning, and/or create publicity for the school. Withall of this capacity to create powerful stories, we need to remember what makes great stories for audiences. We should think about how story telling helps audiences learn.Students’ brains absorb a lot of stories through electronic media.TV commercials probably make up more of the ‘contents’ of a child’smental diet than we care to know. We need to give the same tools of ‘digital storytelling’ to students and combine it with great teachingmethods to help students tell their own powerful stories. They mustlearn storyboarding, collaboration, elements of a story, videography,video editing, and publishing techniques to be digital storytellers.Like writing it’s nearly impossible to create digital stories withoutthinking. Students become producers of digital stories and thought.Digital tools give students and teachers powerful ways to tell theirstories for a range of audiences. Powerful storytelling comes fromstorytellers sharing knowledge, feelings, and experiences within acommunity of learners. Powerful stories teach diverse view points,help shape school culture, and allow students to actively shareknowledge using today’s media. Learning these digital tools comesquickly to students. This Book of Questions is designed to helpeducators focus on the thoughts and collaborations behind teachingpowerful storytelling.
Notes:The Question is the Answer
 What is our story (our brand)?How can we improve at creating and telling ourstory? What are some ways we can use digital tools toexpress ourselves? What are assumptions our school andcommunity make about education? Who is telling our story now?
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Our Learning Community 
 Who are the members of our learningcommunity?How are the relationships between students andteachers, and other members of the learningcommunity valued in our story?How do all members of our community contribute to everyone's learning?How do we gather feedback about our stories toimprove effectiveness and promote sustainability?How are we building the culture of professionaldevelopment for all staff?

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