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Uncheatable: Using Digital Storytelling Projects as Authentic Assessment

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 125

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Mira Costa High School
Michael is an award-winning teacher and international speaker whose work focuses on digital storytelling, project-based learning, and social justice. His published work addresses student voice and the intersection of education and social policy. His podcast and newsletter, Change The Narrative, have found subscribers around the world. His upcoming book, “Storytelling With Purpose,” published by ISTE, arrives this fall. 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

Session description

Artificial intelligence and chatbots have teachers wondering how they can prevent cheating and keep students engaged. This session provides examples and tips about how to use storytelling for students to show what they know and provide a learning experience where they don’t want to cheat in the first place.

Purpose & objective

This session helps educators see how authentic project-based learning experiences can sidestep the challenges of cheating (with or without AI), while providing purpose and excitement about learning that minimizes the desire for students to cheat in the first place. Classroom case studies and workflow tips will be provided.

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What do we mean by 'assessment?' (5 min)
What is digital storytelling? (10 min)
How to use storytelling for assessment (10 min)
Resources and Q&A (5 min)

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Supporting research

How to use storytelling for assessment

The benefits of cultivating curiosity in kids (KQED)

Memorizing facts doesn’t activate higher level thinking or learning

Storytelling to Improve Literacy

Graphic novel effects on comprehension abilities for students with dyslexia

STORYTELLING as a teaching strategy

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Subject area:
Language arts, Science
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Facilitate equitable use of digital learning tools and content that meet the needs of each learner.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
  • Develop learning assessments that provide a personalized, actionable view of student progress in real time.