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Jane A. Van Galen
B EDUC 567
Bothell Campus

Telling Our Stories As Teachers: Digital Storytelling as Reflective Practice

Uses multi-media tools to weave the complex voices, images, and energy of classrooms to create digital stories as teachers. Through, software tutorials, work-shopping of writing, peer review of emerging projects, and production time, students learn more about themselves as teachers while also learning about technologies that can be used in classrooms. Offered: S.

Class description

We'll learn both the theory and application of "story" as a means for community, persuading, advocating, and learning (including workshop strategies or writing clear and compelling stories) and video and audio editing software to enrich and deepen the communication of the story.

The particular focus of the course is telling stories that illuminate the complex work of teaching, though students who are not currently classroom teachers will also be supported in story development.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class will blend writing workshops, lectures on core elements of effective storytelling, software tutorials, and support on the production of individual stories.

Outside of class, students will explore a variety of age-appropriate tools for adapting digital storytelling across grade levels and

Recommended preparation

Minimal skill navigating a computer is recommended, but no prior experience in video or audio production is expected.

Willingness to reflect on one's teaching will support the development of your own project.

Class assignments and grading

The major project is a digital story.

Students will also produce secondary stories to investigate a range of tools and will do on-line writing about books, articles, and other media that will be assigned.

A rubric describing evaluation criteria for the project and the quality of other course work will be provided.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jane A. Van Galen
Date: 03/24/2011