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Heroes Without Capes

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Thursday, December 3, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Debbie Bohanan  
Danielle Abernethy  

Everyday heroes are often unseen. After hurricanes, our town quickly found out there were more heroes than we ever knew. Learn how students told the stories of local heroes through digital storytelling, comics and posters as a way to promote community service.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, 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.
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
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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) 0010E_11221.pdf

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Debbie Bohanan, Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy
Danielle Abernethy, Private Contractor

Danielle's passion for educational technology began in 1997 when all she had access to was a computer in a closet of the media center with Internet. As a former technology coach, DEN STAR, DEN Leader and member of other educational organizations, she has learned the power of networking. Danielle collaborates with Heather on various classroom activities throughout the year. She has presented at FETC, SCEDTech, GAETC, and ISTE. Danielle is also an executive member of the Digital Storytelling Network of ISTE.

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