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Make Me a Story: Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling
When teachers and students first learn about digital stories, they often focus on the bells and whistles: images, music, sound effects, and so on. To Lisa Miller, a good digital story -- like any good story--is all about the writing. In Make Me a Story, Lisa shows how to use digital stories to lead students through all phases of the writing process, from planning to revisi ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published July 28th 2010 by Stenhouse Publishers
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Miller makes some of the same points other authors of digital storytelling instruction, such as the story itself is most important and the technology is secondary. She cites Donald Graves and Donald Miller. One big difference is that she provides detailed instruction on how to use one free downloadable program, Microsoft Picture Writer 3. Terrific if you use PCs! Our school uses all Macs, so I'm on the search for something similar for Macs. iMovie is too involved for elementary, mostly because o ...more
I haven't tried any of the ideas yet--but the presentation seems doable. In the foreword, Linda Rief says this: "She [Lisa Miller] teaches us how to teach writing. Digital technology is the tool that makes the stories come alive." I think that's one thing I like about the book: it's about teaching writing using technology, not using the technology (although she describes that part pretty clearly, too). The examples are from elementary students, but that is encouraging to me: if they can do it, s ...more
This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn how to teach kids about digital storytelling. It's grounded in the writing process philosophy of Donald Miller, and it spells out how to add a digital element. It comes with a CD of student examples.