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Digital Storytelling: Using Technology to Write Stories (4-12)

Are you interested in learning creative ways to integrate writing and technology within your content curriculum? Digital storytelling is an excellent way to engage students because it allows them to use their vast technology skills to tell a story. This online course takes you through the entire digital storytelling process from start to finish. Teachers will learn how to design digital storytelling projects for all content areas allowing them to incorporate writing throughout the curriculum. Strategies and ideas are shared for story content as well as technology that can be used to produce the stories. Appropriate ways to assess digital stories will also be shared. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The reading materials provided were excellent. They were thorough in their content and explanations and made the process of creating a digital story very easy to understand" - Kara Eicholzer


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $112 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $284


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Make Me a Story: Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling” by Lisa C. Miller

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 43T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41612

Unit One

  • What is digital storytelling?
  • Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
  • Digital Storytelling and the Common Core State Standards
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Basic Concepts and Materials
  • Digital Literacy and Best Practices
  • Types of Digital Stories
  • Assignment #2: Article/Video reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Steps to Creating Digital Stories
  • The Story Core
  • Using Story Maps
  • Assignment #3: Share Your Expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Story Planning Best Practices
  • Character Transformation
  • Creating a Script and Story Table
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Gathering and Producing Media
  • Assembling and Editing Media
  • Finalizing and Sharing the Product
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Performance and Presentation
  • Assessing Digital Stories
  • Creating a Digital Story: A Sample
  • Assignment #4: Create a digital storytelling project and assessment
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)