Telling Stories with Technology – Digital Storytelling for Elementary Educators

Teachers will learn how to create digital stories using various tools that can be infused across many curricular areas. The goal in using digital storytelling in the classroom is to allow students access to tools that will help them along their 21st century educational journey. Some digital storytelling tools we will cover include Voicethread, Canva, Little Bird Tales, StorybirdStoryjumper and iMovie. Participants will choose one of the tools we explore and create a project plan for how to implement digital storytelling into their grade level curriculum. 

Course Details

Audience K-8 Educators
Level Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor Jenny Murphy
Dates November 5, 2018 – December 3, 2018
Earn 16 hours of certificate of participation
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
Graduate Credit (Pending)  At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. 

Jenny Murphy

Jenny Murphy works as an Instructional Technology Teacher for the Public Schools of Brookline. She has worked with students and educators in grades K-8 for the past 18 years. Weaving digital storytelling throughout the curriculum has been an aspect of teaching that has always been relevant throughout the years, grade levels, changing curricula and evolving technologies. She is passionate about teaching and empowering her colleagues and fellow educators to effectively integrate technology into their own teaching practice in useful and meaningful ways.


Week 1: Course Introduction: What is digital storytelling? Brainstorming, Planning, Preparing 

Week 2: Telling stories with slideshows: Google Slides & Voicethread 

Week 3: Telling stories with picture books: Little Bird Tales, Storybird & Storyjumper 

Week 4: Wrapping up: Project plan & Documentary storytelling with iMovie

This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:  

3-5.ELA.SL4 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas  

K-2.DTC.b.3 Use a variety of digital tools to present information to others. 

3-5.DTC.a.3 Use digital tools (local and online) to manipulate and publish multimedia artifacts. 

3-5.DTC.b.1 Communicate key ideas and details individually or collaboratively in a way that informs, persuades, and/or entertains using digital tools and media-rich resources. 

3-5.DTC.b.2 Collaborate through online digital tools under teacher supervision.

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Telling Stories with Technology – Digital Storytelling for Elementary Educators November 5, 2018 – December 3, 2018 Four online weekly sessions

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