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Digital Storytelling in Early Childhood

My favorite part of teaching young children has always been STORYTIME!  I love the language of a really good children’s story, and how it can both delight and educate at the same time!  There are so many benefits to reading and engaging in storytelling activities with young children. 

Digital Storytelling

I am currently taking a graduate course where I am learning more about integrating technology into storytime through digital storytelling.  In exploring how this could be useful in an early childhood classroom; I crafted an instructional digital story to explain digital storytelling and how it can be used to support and enhance the curriculum.  Take a look below!!

 

Digital Storytelling Examples

Interested in what an end-product COULD look like for an early childhood class?  

The first example below is a digital story using photographs, music and student narration on how apples grow, after a class field trip to an apple orchard. 

This second example called “Train Parts: A Preschooler’s Digital Story” uses children’s illustrations and text with narration.  Notice the early writing skills demonstrated.

[Published by Ruth Ayers, 2011]

This example uses an online tool called Book Creator. 

You can explore more about using Book Creator in the Elementary Classroom.

I hope this information gives you a glimpse into the possibilities of how digital storytelling can be used in a preschool class.  Future blog posts will focus on some of the digital tools teachers can use for digital storytelling and other literacy activities!

 

Feedback

I’d love to hear from you!  Let me know your feedback so I can improve and add relevant information to support early childhood teachers who would like to explore digital storytelling.

Below are some prompts to guide your feedback. Please let me know your thoughts in the “leave a reply” section below.

  1. Did you find this video story useful in understanding what a digital story is, and how it can be used in early childhood?
  2. Did this video help you understand the benefits of creating a digital story in an early childhood classroom? Are there any other benefits that were not mentioned that you would like to share?
  3. What was the favorite thing you learned?
  4. What are some opportunities for improvement in the content or production of this video story?
  5. Any ideas/input of what content you would like to see in the future?
 

10 Comments

  • Angie Quintero-Ares

    The story was very useful and clear, stating step by step the advantages of storytelling in early childhool. It definitely brought the elements into practice when it comes to create a digital story: images, technology tools, sound, etc. The presentation itself played with those elements and paced them to create a nice learning experience for our students.
    Great job!

  • Charity

    This video was absolutely fantastic and definitely helped me understand the benefits of creating a digital story. I had no idea how many NAEYC standards would be addressed by incorporating Digital Storytelling into the classroom! I am so glad you also offered examples of Digital Stories in your blog. Thank you for sharing this valuable content!

    • Laura Eldredge

      Thank you Charity for your feedback! And yes, as I started to explore the topic I found many NAEYC standards that could be supported through this type of activity. There are definitely a few more that I didn’t mention in the video (related to art, music, etc). My main focus was on the literacy and technology components. Thanks for your support!!

  • Ahmed

    Did you find this video story useful in understanding what a digital story is, and how it can be used in early childhood?

    absolutely, the video had useful information. I really enjoyed it. you had provided very details of video story. I used voice and music in my storytelling. After you presented yours I would like to make some changes to my digital storytelling

  • Abdullah Albishri

    1- Did you find this video story useful in understanding what a digital story is, and how it can be used in early childhood?
    Yes, it is useful. We can use it to give the children at this age an opportunity to express themselves creatively.

    2- Did this video help you understand the benefits of creating a digital story in an early childhood classroom? Are there any other benefits that were not mentioned that you would like to share?

    Yes, as a father of a three years daughter, I found it a useful resource to help me as a base to start with my daughter. No, I think the video covered everything that I want.

    Thank you for sharing us these great resources

  • Katie

    Definitely found this video very helpful! The information is fantastic, especially for folks who might be hesitant to teach digital storytelling. Perfect for a training video!
    I learned what “rare words” are – it’s one of those things you know exists but don’t have a name for.
    It might help to include key words onscreen as you’re explaining – the VO has such great info but it’s a lot to digest, so onscreen titles might help emphasize what you want viewers to take away. Also, what a great context to include this in a blog post – so many opportunities for extra resources, like a one-stop shop!
    Great work!

    • Laura Eldredge

      Thanks Katie for your feedback and insight! I appreciate your comments, and I like the idea of adding more onscreen keywords to emphasize the main points and will look to add more of those in a future iteration.

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