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Digital StoryTelling Playground: Explore Wonderment and Foster Digital Creativity

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Playground

Danielle Abernethy  
Debbie Bohanan  
Jeff Bradbury  
Janet Corder  
Michael Hernandez  
Manuel Herrera  
Kristina Holzweiss  
Julie Jaeger  
Sadie Lewis  
Gwynn Moore  
Tim Needles  
Jessica Pack  
Kendre Perry  
Erika Sandstrom  
Georgia Terlaje  

Come play and explore the multiple formats and tools that make digital storytelling magic happen. Interact with cross-curricular activities that inspire complex thinking and guide students to discover how stories can be found everywhere. Learn how the power of story leads students to meaningful, purposeful products!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
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: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Related exhibitors:
Book Creator
, Mote
, Screencast-O-Matic
, Screencastify
, Wakelet
, WeVideo, Inc.
, StickTogether Products LLC

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to explore multiple formats, tools, and applications through interactive sandbox and presentations throughout the Digital StoryTelling Playground.
See descriptions of each interactive table and presentation at this link:


Here is a link to the DS Playground sessions listed below
See description of each interactive table and presentation at this link:
Interactive Tables
Table 1   Getting Started Basics, Production and Publishing Tips, and “ISTE on the Street”
Julie Jaeger and Kendre Perry, and Jon Smith

Table 2   Green Screen Magic for StoryTelling 
Janet Corder, Erika Sandstrom, and Kristina Holzweiss

Table 3   StoryTelling with AR, VR, and Coding  Gwynn Moore and Tim Needles

Table 4   MovieMaking for StoryTelling. Jessica Pack, Georgia Terlaje, and Ryan Kochevar

Table 5   Visual Design to Convey the Essence of Story. Sadie Lewis and Manuel Herrera

Table 6  StoryTelling with Comics. Danielle Abernethy and Debbie Bohanan

Table 7 Audio and Video Podcasts - Helping Students Tell Their Stories. Jeff Bradbury

Station 8   QR Gallery Walk ~ View Exemplar Digital StoryTelling Products

Presentation Stage 1
3:00-3:25   Visual Storytelling with New Media. Tim Needles

3:30-3:55   Empowering Student Voice for Diverse Learners. Kristina A. Holzweiss
4:00-4:25  Power of Visual Design to Convey the Essence of Story. Sadie Lewis

4:30-4:55  Visual Thinking activities for Planning Stories: Storyboarding  Manuel Herrera 

Presentation Stage 2
3:00-3:25    StoryTelling with Comics Danielle Abernethy and Debbie Bohanan

3:25-3:55  Why Stories Matter. Jessica Pack and Georgia Terlaje

4:00-4:25  Podcasting for the Classroom. Michael Hernandez

4:30-4:55  Storytelling as Assessment Michael Hernandez

Supporting research

Bernajean Porter: The Art of Digital StoryTelling "Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum | Creative Educator." 2008. 27 Sep. 2015
Ohler, Jason B. Digital storytelling in the classroom: New media pathways to literacy, learning, and creativity. Corwin Press, 2013, Sessoms, Diallo. “Stories keep memories alive. Your life stories as well as your family’s stories about he most memorable life experiences are worth preserving.”
Paige Baggett: Top three levels of Benjamin Blooms Taxonomy revised (Anderson, Krathwohl 2001) look at elevated thinking as analyzing, evaluating and creating which are essential parts of the decision making StoryBoard Phase of the Digital StoryTelling process. Use of verbs instead of nouns puts Blooms into action which is exactly what the Storyboard is...the action and planning behind the product.
Anderson/Krathwohl The Second Principal Krathwohl A Revision of Blooms
Harvard Business Review looks at StoryTelling as an integral connection compared to a multi media ppt presentation without story at its core and suggest that “character-driven stories with emotional content result in a better understanding of the key points a speaker wishes to make and enable better recall of these points weeks later. In terms of making impact, this blows the standard PowerPoint presentation to bits. .
(Zak, Why Your Brain Loves a Good Story 2014) Digital StoryTelling requires intention and meaning making. Understanding the essence of story and its ability to make meaning happen for all is at the heart of Digital StoryTelling. The media is not what is important...the story is!! “If you can harness imagination and the principles of a well-told story, then you get people rising to their feet amid thunderous applause instead of yawning and ignoring you.” (Harvard Business Review, Storytelling That Moves People, Fryer, 2003)
ASCD: Understanding How Young Children Learn Children Learn Through Story) Children understand the concept of story for the purpose of learning. Merilee Sprenger: How to Teach so Students Remember, brain research shows us that learning needs connections...memories..something to stick to. Stories create memories and connections that influence memory. ....understanding of the brain structures that influence memory, and learn how teachers can promote better recall for daily classroom learning, high-stakes tests, and beyond.

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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, Creative Constructor and ISTE for the last 20 years.

Debbie Bohanan, Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy

Debbie Bohanan is a 30-year career educator in Osceola County. She has worked with students from K-12th grade in a variety of positions. Debbie's certifications include Elementary & Primary Education, and Technology 6-12. She is ESOL Endorsed, National Board Certified, DEN Star and leadership council member for the Discovery Educator Network, Microsoft Innovative Educator and TIE Educator (Tech4Learning Innovative Educator). Her degrees include a bachelor's degree in elementary education (Florida State University) and a master’s degree in Education Media Design and Technology (Full Sail University). Debbie is passionate about her work and always looks for creative ways to engage her students using multimedia.

Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast Educational Network / Norwalk Public Schools

Jeff Bradburyis an ISTE Award Winning and globally-recognized educator, educational broadcaster, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose powerful message has inspired thousands of educators through the TeacherCast Educational Network.

Janet Corder, J2 Training

Janet is an educational technology consultant with experience as a classroom teacher, instructional technology coordinator, and adjunct professor. Her passion for assisting educators learn new strategies for successfully integrating technology into their curriculum has provided her with many opportunities to present at national, state, and local conferences and in school districts throughout the United States. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Janet served in various positions for the TCEA Board of Directors and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen award given to leaders in educational technology.

Michael Hernandez, Mira Costa High School

Michael is an award-winning teacher whose work focuses on digital storytelling, media literacy, project-based learning, and social justice. His published work addresses student voice and the intersection of education and social policy, and his podcast and newsletter, Change The Narrative, has found subscribers around the world. He has presented in North America, Asia and Africa on these topics, including SXSW EDU, TCEA, and ISTE. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Follow him on Twitter: @cinehead and Instagram: @changing.the.narrative

Manuel Herrera, Affton School District

Manuel is an educator, a speaker, and an illustrator. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, and design thinking. Over the past 18 years, he has keynoted and led workshops at educational conferences like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & .EDU. Manuel has illustrated books, publications, and graphics for organizations, publishers and schools. In 2018 Manuel became a Google Innovator at LAX18. You can follow Manuel on Twitter and Instagram at @manuelherrera33.

Kristina Holzweiss, Syosset High School

Kristina A. Holzweiss is a high school educational technology enrichment specialist librarian She shares ideas and resources about her school library and makerspaces on her website Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 - 2017 "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award. She is the author of "Hacking School Libraries" and Scholastic makerspace books.

Julie Jaeger, Minot, ND

Julie Jaeger, PD Coach/Consultant and veteran Elem-MS educator, technology integrator, and gifted instructor, enjoys bringing "a-ha" moments and higher order thinking via Tech Integration, Differentiated Instruction, Digital StoryTelling, and Curriculum Enrichment using Critical Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, and Questioning. Authored "I-imagine Dares Students to be Their Best Selves" (ISTE Learning and Leading, June/July 2013) and received the 2016 Digital StoryTelling Creativity Leadership Award. Currently ISTE Community Leader and ND Association for Gifted Children Board member. Former Chair of the Digital StoryTelling Network. Holds an MS in Education with Technology Integration and Credential in Gifted Education.

Sadie Lewis, Mehlville R-IX School District

Sadie Lewis is the Director of Instructional Design + Personalized Learning in the Mehlville School District, where she works to develop programs and professional learning around instructional design, technology integration, engagement strategies and best practices. She works with teachers to plan innovative lessons and activities, and provides classroom support to foster authentic learning. Sadie is a Google Certified Innovator, and has presented at ISTE, ICE Indiana, MassCUE, FETC, METC, and regional conferences on design, instructional technology, and professional learning.

Gwynn Moore, Aurora Frontier P-8
ISTE Certified Educator

I am the Instructional Media/Technology/CTE-STEM Teacher at Aurora Frontier P-8 in Aurora Colorado and an educator for 29 years. I am part of the ISTE Community Leader and In 2019 she became an ISTE Certified educator. I have presented at ISTE: 2010-2021. CO InnEdCo conferences: 2010-2019. Recognitions: ISTE Certified Educator, InnEdCO Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Certified Teacher, Google Level 1 & 2 Certified Teacher, Certified Google Teacher Leader, IBM AI Certified Educator, Adobe Certified Educator, EdPuzzle Certified Educator, FlipGrid Certified Educator.

Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East

Tim Needles is an art, media and STEAM teacher, the author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum and an artist. An educator for over two decades, Needles has taught AP art, digital media, filmmaking, photography, drawing, screenwriting, animation, game design, 3D printing, coding, animation, and augmented and virtual reality. He has also taught mass communication and emerging media at Five Towns College and Adelphi University. Needles trains teachers and students in edtech, creative and media arts integration curriculum, social-emotional learning, and provides professional development for the Lincoln Public Schools, Brigantine Schools, Cape May Schools, NYSCATE, School Library Journal, StoryCorps, Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center, Suffolk's Edge Teacher Center, Project Presence and Digital Media Academy. He’s an Adobe Education Leader and Master Teacher with the Adobe Youth Voices program, and a frequent conference presenter. Needles is the chair of the NAEA ArtEdTech interest group and an ISTE Community Leader. He’s a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a DEN Star and an Adobe Creative Educator, and is a certified educator for National Geographic, Adobe, Formative, PBS, Discovery, Kami, GoGuardian and Clever. He is the recipient of the 2021 NAEA Eastern Region Art Educator Award, 2019 ISTE Teacher Education Network's Technology In Action Award, 2018 ISTE Arts and Technology PLN Network Creativity Award, 2016 NAEA Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award and the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art award at The National Gallery of Art. As an artist and writer, Needles’ work has been featured on NPR, in The New York Times and at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Photographer’s Forum, French Photo and SVA Gallery. He also writes for McGraw Hill’s The Art of Teaching, School Arts, NYSCATE’s News, TEAE’s Trends and Short and Sweet NYC.

Jessica Pack, James Workman Middle School

As a middle school teacher for 17 years and a California Teacher of the Year (2014), Jessica has continually worked to redefine what learning looks like in her classroom. An ISTE author, Jessica's book, Moviemaking in the Classroom, was released in October 2021. She is an advocate for student choice and voice, as demonstrated by the original content her students regularly publish for a global audience. She also spent over a decade as a professional development instructor and Consulting Teacher for a digital storytelling non-profit organization called DIGICOM Learning, aimed at promoting moviemaking in southern California classrooms.

Kendre Perry, Winchendon Public Schools

Kendre Perry, M.Ed, is currently a Middle School (6-8) STEM Specialist in Winchendon, MA and is a member of the ISTE Community Leadership team. She presents at the national and local levels to educators about meaningful technology integration. Her areas of EdTech interest include Augmented and Virtual Reality, Formative Assessment Tools, Generation Z, Engaging Presentation Tools, and Google Tools for Learning

Erika Sandstrom, Peabody Public Schools

Erika is a Digital Learning Coach and a 6-8 as Digital Media Teacher specializing in Green Screen and Video Production. In her 30th year, she has created and presented district-wide Mindfulness Professional Development and serves as a leader on the SEL Core District Team. Dubbed “Green Screen Gal”, Erika shares her passions through professional development and online courses. She has hosted webinars for Wakelet, WeVideo, Adobe, and presented in educational summits, podcasts, and LIVE webinars. Erika also hosted the Green Screen Summit in July 2021 and recently was featured on the cover of the of Ed Tech K12 Magazine.

Georgia Terlaje, Palm Springs Unified School District

Georgia Terlaje has taught for 33 years and is currently and instructional coach for Palm Springs Unified. She has used digital storytelling as an instructional strategy for 11 years and has presented on the topic at both regional and national conferences. She was also instrumental in creating PSUSD’s first elementary film festival that is now in it’s 4th year. Georgia is also a teacher-consultant for DIGICOM Learning. In this role, she is a lead instructor for professional development courses for teachers in the area of digital storytelling. Georgia has a digital storytelling podcast, “Storytelling Saves the World”.

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