Simple Virtual Storytelling for the Classroom: Using Digital and Media Tools to Create Easy and Beautiful Web Stories, Hair, Spring 2020

Course Number: EDU 5515 C50
Instructor: Jennifer Hair
Location: Online
Dates and Times: April 6 - May 17, 2020 (45 contact hours)
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $975

Course Description

Stories engage learners online. Digital storytelling is one way for students and teachers to share their knowledge. Learn how to model being a creative communicator through the use of various free web tools that combine, publish content, and share projects. Students will engage in the writing process through simple, yet highly engaging web content. Examples of web tools such as Adobe Spark, Voicethread, Storybird, Canva, Fotor and more! This is an AWESOME way for speech and language play, sight words proficiency, practicing with narrative prompts, story starters, creative storytelling and even 2nd language acquisition techniques. This course is SIMPLE but will WOW your students!

Course Objectives/Goals

• Create activities that incorporate highly dynamic presentations into the classroom 
• Create lessons and activities that will promote interactive learning 
• Use collaborative tools for creative communication techniques in the classroom as well as with other teachers
• Construct a comfort level with emerging technologies and create a toolbox for their own classroom. 
• Prepare students on how to incorporate technology-enabled narrative (digital storytelling) as an effective pedagogical tool to support teaching and to effectively stimulate learning.
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of capturing and manipulating digital text, image, sound, and video;
• Integrate different media (text, images, sound, video) into a seamless online environment. This includes gathering, selecting, organizing and evaluating information and present in digital formats
• Create narrative projects with digital media that reflect teaching practices

Course Expectations

Course is organized into different media tools. Specific instructions and links can be found in the Canvas LMS course shell. You will also find forums to post your Mini-stories and respond to other students. 

Topic 1: (10 hours)
1. Introductions
2. Canvas Instructions and Procedures
3. A look at video-enabled storytelling ( 
4. Best Practices 
5. Digital Spotlight: Adobe Spark 
6. Digital Spotlight: Canva – (Introduction) 
7. Mini-story: Introduction of self, work, school, interests, family. Format may include images, motion, text, links, and/or sound.

Topic 2: (Online) Canva 8 hours) How can we take advantage of images or photos in a unique way to convey meaning? What are some creative forms of incorporating images or photos to inform? What are some pedagogical elements that can be incorporated to help inform? Mini-story: Create a character chart of your choice, or a procedure map with images 

Topic 3: (Online) Adobe Spark (revisited) (5 hours) Mini-story: Create a biographical story with images only 

Topic 4: (Online) Storybird (7 hours) Incorporating and aligning multimedia together to inform or educate. What are the limitations? How does creativity play into story redesign?

Topic 5: (Online) Voicethread (7 hours) 
Mini-story: Topic will be Culture. Format will be limited to audio/sound only. Students may work alone or with a partner.

Topic 6: Putting It All Together: Final Project (8 hours) 
1. Create a Summary of Learning – include reflection points on how mini-stories can be incorporated into classroom 

Workshop Assessments: Participation in Mini-stories in Topic Forums and Final Project. All rubrics posted in Canvas LMS. 

Standards Addressed:
This course will apply the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the Vermont Core Teaching Standards. 

Vermont Core Teaching Standards:
Standard 2: Learning Differences
Standard 3: Learning Environment
Standard 4: Content Knowledge
Standard 5: Application Content
Standard 7: Planning for Instruction
Standard 8: Instructional Strategies
Standard 9: Professional Learning Practice
Standard 10: Leadership and Collaboration 

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity 
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments 
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning 
4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility 
5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership 

1. Teachers are Committed to Students and their Learning 
2. Teachers Know the Subjects they teach and How to teach those Subjects to Students 
3. Teachers are responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning. 
4. Teachers Think Systematically about their Practice and Learn from the Experience. 
5. Teachers are Members of Learning Communities.
• Completion of four weekly modules using the Canvas learning management system through Castleton University is mandatory (module assignments and due dates/times outlined on Canvas LMS course home page). It is expected that you will spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging in course content. You may log in at any time of the day or night to complete assignment
• Completion of the final project and summary of learning. 
• Discussion Boards (see below for expectations)

• The discussion board is a crucial part of this class. Not only will you be asked to respond to a weekly question, but you will also need to read and respond to others to fully benefit from this learning experience. 
• Stay on task and answer the question being addressed 
• Be respectful and polite at all times when responding to your fellow classmates even if you do not share the same opinion
• Read all posts so you do not repeat what someone else has written 
• No cursing 
• Please be thoughtful and use complete sentences. 
• All discussion comments should be made before the start of the next Module. 
• Make sure you check the discussion later in the week to see what other’s said about your comments

Evaluation: (Please refer to rubrics) 
Class Participation Weekly Forums (Discussion Rubric) 40%
Mini-stories (Learning Activity Rubric) 40%
Summative written evaluation/summary of learning (Final Project) 20%

Required Texts

Instructor will provide via the learning management system. No purchases required.

For additional course information

Jennifer Hair
(816) 225-9338

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!