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Stories of Heroes Without Capes

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 36

Debbie Bohanan   Danielle Abernethy   Victoria Jasztal  
Everyday heroes are often unseen and, after the hurricanes, our town quickly found out there were more heroes than we ever knew. Students wanted to share the why and how a hero has helped to serve through digital storytelling, comics and posters as a way to promote community service.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Since this is a poster or snapshot session, no apps are needed by the attendees. Equipment for the poster includes the monitor. We will have our iPads and laptops to connect and share with.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Heroes without Capes is an instructional plan to introduce Digital Storytelling while raising awareness about the different ways that people serve the community. Storytelling allows the students to work on their interviewing skills of the hero, their ability to storyboard/organize the story and decision making skills for what should be included in the visual and written part of the story, along with deciding the best tools to tell and share their story. These are all ways to meet the ISTE standards and a variety of Common Core ELA standards. Not only that but the students will become more aware of their community and the needs of the community, and therefore will learn ways that they can serve to improve the community they live in.

Supporting research

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning, and Creativity 2nd Edition
by Jason Ohler (Author)


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Debbie Bohanan, Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy

Debbie Bohanan teaches digital video to at-risk students (8th-12th) utilizing creativity and technology to keep her students engaged. Debbie is a National Board Certified Teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Media Design and Technology. She is a DEN STAR and LC member, TIE (Tech4Learning Innovative Educator), and MIE. Debbie’s chapter From Storyboard to Silver Screen is featured in “Makers in Schools: Entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. During the 2015-2016 school year she was selected Teacher of the Year at her school and was a top ten finalist for Osceola County.

Danielle Abernethy, Private Contractor
Victoria Jasztal, Hernando School District

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