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Digital Storytelling and Digital Literacy: Using Video to Demonstrate Learning

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 122B

Jennifer Leban  
People's Choice winner. Explore a variety of different video tools, styles and formats that students can use to demonstrate learning. Discover how video and Google Apps can be used together to encourage and enhance collaboration and reflective practices.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to internet to view presentation and related resource material is preferred.

I will discuss features of GSuite, WeVideo, Screencastify, and Flipgrid services for digital storytelling and collaboration. These apps/extensions are not needed, but are helpful if the attendee has.

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Not applicable, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors: WeVideo, Inc. , Flipgrid , Google, Inc. , Padcaster , Swivl, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will analyze a variety of styles and formats for video projects that can be used to have students demonstrate learning though choice-based options.

Teachers will explore how WeVideo and Google Apps can be used to encourage and enhance collaboration and reflective practices among student groups.

Digital Storytelling encourages creators to use principles of design thinking strategies to develop visual communication tailored to a target audience. The digital story will have a specific message or goal in mind for the viewer. In this session, a variety of ways to produce digital stories will be showcased, which can be used to help support personalized learning and student choice within the curriculum.

This presentation will demonstrate how Google Apps tools and video creation tools, like WeVideo, can be used to transform digital storytelling by enriching the experience and expanding opportunities for creation, reflection, and collaboration in the classroom.

Evidence of success in this presentation is if each participant walks away with at least one new idea or tool to use in the classroom or to share with another colleague.


Digital Storytelling and Visual Literacy: Using Video to Demonstrate Learning |

INTRODUCTION (5 minutes) | Goals/Objectives | ISTE Standards Addressed | Visual Literacy (5 minutes) | Why? (device-based activity; view infographic) | Digital Storytelling = our visual literacy focus of this presentation | Student Choice: Styles of Storytelling | Design Thinking for Digital Storytelling | Screencastify (5 minutes) | FREE vs Paid | Integration w/Google Drive | WeVideo (10-15 minutes) | Creating (5 min): Templates + video options (horizontal/square) | Google Drive/Classroom integration | Collaboration - how groups/projects work in WeVideo (5 min) | Shared Media | Benefits/Ease of Use | Essentials Library of Content (5 min) | Green Screen/Color Keying (5 min) | Google Apps (10-15 minutes) | Organization (5 min) | Forms (for groups) | Docs (for planning) | Slides (as storyboards) | Classroom/Sites | Collaboration & Feedback (5 min) | Presenting Final Products (5 min)
Sites/Slides | Forms for feedback and evaluation | Flipgrid (5 minutes) | Sharing/reflecting on work | Getting Feedback | Conclusion (10 minutes) | Answer Q&A

Supporting research

Why Visual Literacy Is More Important Than Ever & 5 Ways to Cultivate It, by Saga Briggs

Visual Literacy and Visual Communication: Their Role in Today’s Content Marketing, by Mydee Lasquite

The Power of Digital Storytelling to Support Teaching and Learning by Bernard R. Robin

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Jennifer Leban, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

Jennifer Leban is a Creative Technology teacher and former visual arts teacher at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL. She is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator from the #LAX18 cohort. She is a daily user of Google Apps in her 1:1 Chromebook district, and is an ambassador for WeVideo, providing professional development and support for schools both in- and out-of-district using video creation and Google tools. Amongst other places, she has presented at Google Summits, Illinois Computing Educators Conferences, and CPS Googlepalooza. Jen also works with friEdTechnology as a learning guide.

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