Digital Storytelling Using Online Tools Facilitator's Guide
Full Day – 6 hours
This session will show participants how to create digital storytelling using online tools. Participants will create digital stories using online tools and lesson plans for digital storytelling that will support state and district frameworks. Familiarity with google docs would be helpful for the facilitator. If any links fail, please check the resources page for the documents themselves.Ask permission to join the wiki so that you can approve your participants when they request membership and they can upload files etc during the workshop.

Equipment and materials needed:
by Facilitator: Computer with: Internet access
Connection to projector
Web Pages to review before the session

by participant: Computer with: Internet access

No partial credit for participation in the session.
Use positive cooperative learning skills during the session.
Expect to share and learn from others.
Ask for group expectations (trainer discretion), i.e. parking lot/question board.

Objectives: Upon completion of the session participants will:
  1. Be aware of the various online tools for digital storytelling
  2. Create a digital story using online tools
  3. Create a lesson plan that would incorporate the use of online tools for digital storytelling.
  4. Demonstrate through discussion how they will successfully integrate the use of digital storytelling into their curricular instruction.

8:00 – 8:30 - Pre-instructional – Welcome & Introductions [30 minutes]

Welcome and introductions – Using the following document – participants will click on this link and add the information requested. Explain that the agenda can be found online here and that is the way you will work through the day through an online agenda. Facilitator note: Use one of the slides to share information about you and your goals and objectives for the day.

Once they have completed their information, play the slide show and have them introduce themselves through the shared PowerPoint. Facilitator Note: Based on their answers, discuss goals and objectives for session. Try to modify and adjust the session to incorporate as many of their individual requested goals as possible

Facilitator Note – You might show this video to introduce digital storytelling.

8:30 – 9:00 – Discovering the Online Tools available for Digital Storytelling [30 minutes]
Have participants google for what tools are out there for digital storytelling. As they find tools and resources and links they should copy and paste those links to the following presentation. Emphasize that during this time they are just finding out the bare minimums about the tools and listing the options. You will allow them more time to explore each tool more in-depth later. Facilitator note: You should have already prepared a slide within the presentation with tools you found as a sample for them to see one that is completed. I have included one slide as a sample that is mine. You can keep that one, add yours, or replace with one of your own. If participants seem to be having trouble finding resources, you can tell them they can use these additional resource web pages or as the facilitator you may share these resources as part of your presentation.

9:00 – 9:30 – Discuss Digital Storytelling [30 minutes]
Using their created presentation share all of the different online tools for digital storytelling that each participant as discovered. Participants should share and discuss during the presentations their experiences, if any, with the tools that have been discovered.

9:30 – 10:30 - Exploring the Online Tools (Group or Individual Activity – Facilitator Choice based on the makeup of your group. [one hour]
Allow participants to select the online tool they want to learn more about. Or at your discretion assign participants to an online tool to use to create a digital story.

Step One – Select their tool of choice – or assigned tool.

Step Two – Explore the tool by creating their own online digital story. For training purposes this digital story can consist of one of the following choices
  • All about me – (a story telling us more about them)
  • Describing their selected online tool – (a story that tells and explains us the pros and cons of the selected online tool for digital storytelling)
  • Ideas for digital stories – (a story that gives us ideas for uses of digital storytelling within the curriculum)
  • Their choice – (a story about whatever they want)
As they create their digital stories, they might consider using the following resources:
  • This document which explains more about digital storytelling.
  • A grading rubric for digital stories
  • A storyboard template for planning and preparing digital stories.

Step Three – Go back to this presentation and add additional information about the features of your online tool that you have learned as you have worked through the process of creating a digital story – likes/dislikes, etc.

10:30 – 10:45 – Break [15 minutes]

10:45 – 11:45 – Continue working on Digital Stories [one hour]
Continue working on and complete the 3 steps listed above to complete your digital stories.

11:45 – 12:15 – Lunch [30 minutes]

12:15 – 12:30 – Present Digital Stories [45 minutes]
Participants will present and share the digital stories that they have created. If possible, it would be nice if they leave links to their stories in this presentation so that everyone will have access to all created stories that have been shared.

12:30 – 1:30 – Create Lesson Plans – [one hour]
Participants should use the lesson plan rubric and template to create a lesson plan for digital storytelling. Another resource available to them is this document which explains more about digital storytelling. Here is also a grading rubric for digital stories as well as a storyboard template for planning and preparing digital stories.

1:30 – 1:45 – Break [15 minutes]

1:45 – 2:45 - Post session assessment [one hour]
Using this presentation, participants should share more information about the particular online tool they chose to create their digital story. After the presentation, brainstorm and discuss the various online tools available as well as ideas for uses of digital storytelling within the curriculum.

2:45 – 3:00 Closing [15 minutes]
Evaluations (Here is a link to an online evaluation form – email me at and I can share this document with you if you want to copy it and make use of it yourself) and room clean up. Participants should take all printed material. Lesson plan and accompanying documents should be e-mailed to their preferred account if appropriate. Software removed if applicable.