Building Student Agency Through Digital Citizenship: Empowering Learners Through Storytelling

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Daniel Frost  
Devorah Merling  

When people share their stories, it empowers them and impacts others in unique ways. Our session will model developing a problem-based activity designed to support learners to make positive choices about their digital lives. Workshop in collaboration with others to share your story to develop relevant, interactive digital scenarios.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Suite
Adobe Creative Cloud Express
Creations applications approved within their district
Khan Board web-based program: Miro - Jamboard - other
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: Empowering students to be agents of their digital lives through the sharing of their stories and recognizing how their actions impact themselves and others.

Participants will develop an integrated Digital Citizenship activity series focused on:
*Highlighting unique voices
*Sharing different perspectives
*Providing choice in expression and input
Enabling students to gain perspective and empathy around digital interactions and relationships

Participants will be introduced to digital story branching and build out a step by step process for students to take their personal digital lives story and transform it into an interactive Cause and Effect story to share with others.

Participants will receive an overview of a variety of digital tools that can be utilized for story branching. The facilitators will model how to build digital branched Cause and Effect Stories, adapting them with tools from their own school district.


5 min - Introductions, Objectives & Review of ISTE standards

5 min - Warm opener - Small group - Dyad or Triad - Tell about an online experience and how it impacted your life for better or for worse. Digital badges will be provided for a variety of award categories.

25 min - Storytelling
Review Common Sense Digital Dilemmas in small groups
What resonated with you around these stories? Was there anything in these stories that you had no experience with?
How can we bring the elements we identified into our own personal stories? How can we take the concept of digital dilemmas and make it relevant for todays’ students based on their digital lives? How does amplifying various perspectives help students learn about Digital Citizenship?
Small groups create a list of elements from stories and the main topics from Digital Citizenship that they focus on. Participants create a short outline of their own story to use as a base for their interactive Cause and Effect Story.

40 min - Workshopping Branching Stories
Provide the storyboarding template to participants
Provide a branching template to participants
Review tool options and instructions to create branched stories used a variety of tools (Google Docs, Google Slides, Book Creator, Pages, others)
Show some student examples of branched stories
Participants work on their storyboard and branching outline individually or in pairs

15 min - Share Out
Small group discussion by grade levels with focus on building out instructional steps for students to create their own interactive stories

Supporting research

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain - Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students - Zaretta Hammond -

Fundamentals of SEL - CASEL - What Does the Research Say? -

Despite the Best Intentions - How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools - Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond -

Universal Design for Learning - Theory and Practice - Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, & David Gordon -

The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development - How emotions and social relationships drive learning - Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Linda Darling-Hammond, Christina Krone -

Personalized learning - What you need to know - Amanda Morin -*1knd78y*domain_userid*YW1wLU9IUkZhcXNtdWlpSlBXTG42Q29KbXc

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Daniel Frost, San Francisco Unified School District

Dan Frost has been an educator in SFUSD for fourteen years and has always been an avid implementer of technology in my classrooms. He currently works as a Digital Learning Partner in the Department of Technology at SFUSD helping teachers, administrators, and other staff integrate technology into their practice more effectively and efficiently. He develops and delivers training sessions and professional development series, leads and facilitates initiatives around digital implementation in schools, and advises administration on how to integrate technology use more thoughtfully for their whole school. He is currently spearheading the Digital Citizenship initiative and the Digital Learning Facilitator program for SFUSD.

Devorah Merling, SFUSD

Devorah Merling is a lifelong educator with 20 years in education. She returned to SFUSD after a hiatus to empower learning through technology. Devorah is a TSA for the Dept of Technology where she partners with a cohort of schools to support teachers, principals and students. She also leads, in collaboration with Dan Frost, the Digital Agency initiative in the district to promote students to think critically and make healthy choices using technology. In her years of experience, Devorah has worked as a classroom teacher, consultant, and administrator with a focus on building access and equity for all students through technology

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