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Creating digital stories develops digital fluency

Author, Angie Simmons, explains how creating digital stories leads towards problem solving and technology integration which seamlessly weaves together the pedagogy.

Over the last decade, the need for a new dimension to the conventional learning areas and the pedagogy around teaching has become increasingly obvious. This dimension will have a forward focus on major issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalisation.

The set of skills and knowledge that today’s students will need in their working lives is markedly different from what was useful for students of the past. Our current focus on the digital fluency curriculum leads us towards problem solving and integrating technology in a seamless way that weaves together the pedagogy and the practice. Students are now the innovative creators of content rather than just the consumers – and with this change in role comes the need for new skills and understandings.

How to create a digital story

  • Inspire
    Use an animation from The Literacy Shed to inspire and discuss the idea of creating a digital story.
  • Plan
    Use a range of mind-mapping tools to brainstorm ideas.
  • Create
    Use Google Slides to write the story and the Explore tool to add images or links.
  • Reflect and edit
    Use the spelling and grammar check under the Tools menu on Google Slides. Share your draft with a partner to check it and make suggestions using the comment function.
  • Share
    Show the class your digital story by casting it to the data projector or sharing it on a class website or blog. Share it with parents by sending them a link to the story. 

For an example, see Storytelling in the Cloud (one of my books in the Digital Fluency series) where we weave different technology apps together to tell a story.

Find out more about the revision of the Technology learning area to strengthen the positioning of Digital Technologies in The New Zealand Curriculum from Te Kete Ipurangi.

About the author

Angie Simmons is interested in current best-practice learning approaches that encompass thinking skills, collaboration and problem solving. As an experienced educator, she has worked broadly across the educational sector of New Zealand. She worked as a primary school teacher for many years and as a university lecturer, when she was head of an educational technologies programme and taught prospective teachers. In another significant educational role, she was a digital technologies professional development facilitator working with schools across the Auckland area to integrate future-focused learning within the curriculum.

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