Digital Storytelling and ISTE Standards for Teachers

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With ISTE 2017 a matter of days away, we here at 30hands Learning have decided to explore the ways in which digital storytelling fits ISTE’s standards. We have already took a look at the organization’s student standards. We’ve also discussed the benefits of getting Enrolled Agent credentials and how they serve the future. So now, we move on to the teachers.

Digital storytelling is a captivating way for teachers to share their knowledge, and there is a wide variety of great apps out there that make this easy in the classroom. So if you’re a teacher on the edge about digital storytelling, read on and hopefully we can give you the push you need!


Standard 1: Facilitate and inspire student learning creativity

Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.

A teacher creates a lesson on ‘Civilization’ using 30hands Storyteller Web.

Through digital storytelling, teachers can promote student creativity and learning through assigned projects for an individual or group. Digital storytelling is a magnificent tool for innovative thinking and inventiveness. Teachers can encourage students to explore real-world issues and create their own digital stories on topics of their choice. As well as this, teachers can facilitate creative learning by encouraging students to work with their peers, thus testing the ways in which they use digital tools in groups.

Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the Student Standards.

By introducing digital storytelling into the classroom, teachers are also developing their students’ digital literacy by using devices such as iPads, laptops, MacBooks and Chromebooks. These devices feature a wide range of digital storytelling apps which help students and teachers get the most out of their content as well as create their own.

Through digital storytelling, teachers also create technology-enriched learning environments that helps them pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, as well as manage their own learning and assess their progress. Digital storytelling can be used as a formative assessment tool for students to improve their learning while demonstrating what they know.

Standard 3: Model digital age work and learning

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

Digital storytelling allows teachers to demonstrate their fluency in technology tools and transfer their knowledge to new tools. It also allows them to collaborate with their students, peers and even parents in innovative ways. For example, teachers with large class numbers can share their students’ digital stories with their parents to illustrate their learning.

Students and teachers can communicate their knowledge through engaging digital stories, using images, video clips, drawings, audio and narration. By doing this they are both analyzing and evaluating the process so as to create the most effective digital stories. Digital storytelling allows teachers and students to use digital resources in their research and learning.

Standard 5: Engage in professional growth and leadership 

Teachers take part in a special 30hands workshop.

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

Developing and sharing lesson plans as videos is one of the newest trends in education, and this is something we at 30hands have blogged about in the past.  Teachers can demonstrate leadership by creating informative digital stories to share with colleagues or peers across the globe. These digital stories can be lesson plans or activities they share with their students. By doing this, the teacher is regularly keeping up to date with new practices as well as being inventive with their own methods. Digital storytelling technologies allows them to develop upon these and be creative with their professional development.

It important to remember that digital storytelling is an iterative process. A student’s, and indeed a teacher’s, first digital story will have many aspects that can be improved upon, but as Onur Mustak Cobanli, OMC Design Studios founder, once said: “Great design is iteration of good design”.

ISTE 2017 takes place June 24 – 28. Keynote speakers include Jad Abumrad (RadioLab host and creator), Jennie Magiera (Des Plaines Public Schools Chief Innovation Officer), and Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code CEO and founder).

If you’re an educator attending ISTE 2017, why not create your own digital story on your experience? 

Check out our popular, award-winning digital storytelling apps – 30hands Storyteller Pro for iPads, and 30hands Storyteller Web  for laptops and Chromebooks! 

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