Week 6 Digital Story Critique: How to Use Digital Story Telling in Your Classroom

This week I turned again to Edutopia to find a digital story relevant to my focal theme of technology in the classroom. I used a very straightforward Google search term “digital storytelling in the classroom” to find the article titled, “How to Use Digital Story Telling in Your Classroom.” I liked this article because it really focused on the collaborative nature of digital story telling (student-student and student-teacher) and how everyone in the classroom should consider themselves as a learner. The blog discusses how the teacher should certainly familiarize his/herself with the technology and provide students with a foundation upon which to tell and create their stories. The author goes on to say that students should be granted a certain level of freedom with which they can explore on their own. I think that the topics/content discussed within this story shows that this author has adapted her educational approach to a pull-style rather than a push-style.

  • What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

The author of this story is providing guidance for teachers who are potentially interested in using digital story telling in their classrooms. The author herself does not invite participation from her audience; however, the blog does provide a comment section for the audience to interact with the story.

  • How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

The author uses only text throughout her story. The story is straightforward and provides succinct bits of advice for teachers to use.

  • What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

The author uses Edutopia as an online platform for her story. I think that using a site such as Edutopia allows teachers easy access to her story. This a very relevant platform.

  • Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

I liked the straightforward approach used by the author in her story. The only two modifications I would suggest are: provide examples that she has used within her own classroom, as well as exemplars that her students have created.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my critique!


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