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Digital storytelling

Problem-centred tasks

Creating a  digital story consisting of evocative images and sounds


  • Creating a digital story about a life/historical event

  • Creating a fictional story

  • Creating a story about a trip/excursion for the school assembly

  • Creating a story from the perspective of  a minor character


Scaffolding activities

#1 Examples

Students explore relevant examples of digital stories and identify their key components (e.g. narrative, images, sound effects, etc.).

#2 Planning

Students identify the stages of production and generate a plan of relevant activities (e.g. writing a script, findings images, recording the narrative)

#3 Script

Students brainstorm ideas for a story and write a script, considering (1) the purpose of the story, (2) the context, (3) audience.

#4 Illustrations

Students find relevant illustrations for the stories. They explore the difference between restricted copyright images and Creative Commons images. They learn how to reference  restricted copyright resources. 

#5 Text power 

Students explore examples of digital stories. They analyse what makes a good digital story. They explore the power of the narrative, images, sound effects and animation in the digital story. They explore the power of the author's 'voice'.

#6 Rehearsal and recording

Students practise reading aloud. They use available technologies to record their oral narratives. If required, they learn how to navigate relevant software or applications. They practise saving their files. 

#7 Creating a story

Using available software or applications, students combine the images and the voice recording. They edit the story and add relevant effects considering their appropriateness.

#8 Sharing and reflection

Students share their work with the intended audience which may provide feedback. They also reflect on the process and product of their work (e.g. what went well, what needs to be improved, how). 

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