Digital Storytelling

Learn how to create engaging stories and presentations that bring your ideas to life.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Delivery mode

Virtual Classroom/ Recorded Video

Requirements

Paper and Pencil/Pen

Computer or Laptop

OR

iPad/iPhone with Adobe Spark Video App installed

Curriculum focus

English, Creative and Critical Thinking

Skills focus

Literacy, Presentation Skills

Year level

Year 7-8

Duration

30 min classroom, approx. 2hr challenge

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Overview

Emerging digital technologies offer students a variety of creative ways to communicate their stories, ideas and knowledge to their teachers, peers, family and beyond. This program introduces the class to the content-centred Adobe Spark suite and guides students through the development of a unique and entertaining story. Students are assisted in creating their own short films, developing competencies in the editing skills and narrative construction techniques that are essential to modern presentations.

 

Program Structure 

The Digital Storytelling program asks students to consider why communication and presentation skills are important attributes to develop and to think about how these skills could be incorporated into their lives, both at school and at home. The basics of character development and engaging narrative structures are explored and students create unique storylines to use throughout the course.

Adobe Spark Video is used to turn the stories into narrated video shorts. This web-based platform is free for students and teachers to use and enables users with no prior video editing experience to produce high quality outcomes. The software introduces the basic concepts of video production, sequencing and narration and serves as a starting point for students who want to move on to more complex editing suites.

This program focuses upon the literacy, creative thinking and presentation competencies of the curriculum and asks students to explore the software suite to produce their own video. At the completion of the course students present their film and should be able to demonstrate the core features of video editing software and explain how they have used these features to tell their story.

Video class may be live virtual classroom or pre-recorded. A written tutorial is also available in the resource pack.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Investigate how visual and multimodal texts enhance and layer meaning
  • Create literary texts that adapt stylistic features encountered in Flash Fiction
  • Use Adobe Spark Video to create, edit and publish a multimodal text
  • Identify different ways to represent ideas using multimodal texts
  • Use randomisation and shuffling to stimulate thinking when experiencing a creativity block

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