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Horror Podcasts: A 21st Century Spin on Traditional Storytelling

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Leonardo Paparoni  
Maria Cavazos  
Matias Gorchs  
Luis Miguel Perez Contreras  

This project proposes a new, digitalized form of applying storytelling elements and suspense strategies through a generally attractive genre — horror. Unlike traditional creative writing and narrations, this project challenges students to create digital stories that not only include literature elements but audio, and possibly film horror elements as well.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

It is important to find new ways to get learners to engage with literature and creative writing. Technology serves as an excellent tool to engage young learners.
Importance of storytelling through out history as well as the connection between the nature of fear and writing strategies specific to the horror genre.
Walk the audience through the process of publishing a podcast, research of podcast formats, and film elements that enhanced narratives.
Explanation of collaboration to select narratives with most potential as well as tech tools most adequate to produce their podcasts.

Through peer and self evaluations, learners gauge the success of their product.

Supporting research

Potential Applications of Digital Storytelling in Education

Digital Storytelling in the Language Arts Classroom


Multiple Purposes of Digital Stories in ePortfolios
Barrett, H. (2008). Multiple Purposes of Digital Stories in ePortfolios. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 880-882). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 6, 2020

The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media
Alexander, Bryan. The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. Praeger, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2017.

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Leonardo Paparoni, Pinecrest International School
Matias Gorchs, Pinecrest Institute
Luis Miguel Perez Contreras, Pinecrest International School

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