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Storytellers of the Future

Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2A

Explore and create: Exploratory Creation lab
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Liberty Public Schools
Carly Bogaards is an educator with 16 years of classroom experience. Her current position is library media specialist. She is committed to teaching students about digital literacy by providing them the tools to allow them to critically think about the world around them. Recipient of the Liberty Public Schools’ Innovator of the year award, NRC Excellence in Education Award, and Teacher of the Year for Kellybrook and EPiC Elementary. Carly has received many grants and has presented at many conferences including: MASL, Project Lead the Way Missouri State Conference, and the National Connected Learning Summit on Integration of the Arts.
Library Media Specialist
Liberty 53 School District
Claudia Howerton is a seasoned educator with 15 years of classroom experience including 3 years at EPiC Elementary, an innovation and technology school in Liberty, MO. Her current position as a library media specialist (7 years) has allowed her to continue working on her passion of guiding students to see themselves as future producers and storytellers. She is committed to engaging students with stories both of other people and their own in an effort to create more empathic, creative minded people. Claudia holds a Master of Technology Education and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood.

Session description

The power of storytelling continues to evolve with the tools used and the messages they carry. Students can create mirrors, windows and doors by telling their stories in ways that build connections and create empathy. Educators will explore resources, tools and ideas that promote storytelling and digital citizenship.

Purpose & objective

Our purpose is to inspire students to become empathetic storytellers. By exposing them to a variety of tools that allow them to produce their own stories and to create meaningful thoughtful media. Often in education the focus remains on the consumption of media and not the production. We challenge educators to change the dialogue. Giving students the power to create memoirs, documentaries, podcasts, and GIFs to tell their stories and make connections with their world. Student examples will be shared with participants and will be given time to explore Keynote, iMovie, Camera, and Garage to tell their own stories.

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Storytellers of the Future
Introduction/Producers vs. Consumers (10 minutes)
How do you use technology tools in your daily life?
Daily Task sort (producing/consuming)
Photography (12 minutes)
Skill mapping, favorite resources, digital citizenship, real world connections
Create a mini memoir of yourself as an educator, tell your educator story
Videography (8 minutes)
Skill mapping, favorite resources,digital citizenship, real world connections
Share student documentaries and deep dive into the process.
Visual Arts (12 minutes)
Skill mapping, favorite resources, real world connections
Create a GIF that tells your ISTE story
Podcasting (8 minutes)
Skill mapping, favorite resources, digital citizenship real world connections
Explore student podcast on website
 Share Time (10 minutes)
Participants will share projects they created during the session
Participants will share ways they anticipate using the tools and resources in their own classes.

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Supporting research

Apple Create Curriculum
National Geographic Explore Curriculum
Kennedy Center Arts Integration Program

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Subject area:
Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
Creative Communicator
  • 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.