Every Teacher is a Producer: The Process of Integrating Digital Storytelling in the Classroom (5-8)

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1. Explore the step-by-step process that digital storytelling entails and the educational value it delivers. Follow a guide to help you plan, organize, and teach how a digital story is created.

2. Learn effective ways to guide students through the research, creativity, development, and production process. Develop simple team-building exercises for complex, open-ended problems while also maintaining the class.

3. Learn the significance of practicing digital literacy to students’ future success in the world, and post-secondary education. Understand the importance of incorporating digital literacy into the classroom and how it will be beneficial for your students.



We want to let you in on a little secret. Many of us believe that teachers need to be tech geniuses to teach digital literacy skills, but that's simply not true. The most important thing is for teachers to understand the subject they are teaching, and when it comes to digital production, students can find their own answers with a little guidance. Imagine how much better it would be if teachers had the expertise to guide students through the best approach to digital production. That's where Brett comes in!

He is a digital production expert who will take you on an exciting journey that will ultimately enable your students to transform content from a blank page to a fantastic 4-minute digital story. Brett's expertise will help you learn how to use the correct pathway – the Research, Creativity, Development, and Production flow – to instruct your students as to how to create digital content that stands out while maintaining the highest quality standards. Brett’s approach is a game changer, enabling you and your students to strike the perfect balance between control and freedom, discipline, and individual ownership of the content.

So, are you ready to dive into the world of digital production with Brett? Get ready for an exciting journey full of learning and creativity. You'll be amazed at what you and your students can achieve with the right guidance.

Brett's course includes downloadable resources, useful digital literacy tools, prompts, and ideas to use within your classroom immediately!

Instructional TechnologyLiteracySocial StudiesSTEAMSpecial Education
Audience: Teacher, Administrator, Librarian
Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Credits Available: NY CTLE, CEU
Instructional hours: 1.5
NY CTLE: 1.5
CEU: .15

About the instructor, Brett Pierce

Brett is a teacher, program developer, producer, and author. He is the founder and Executive Director of Meridian Stories, a Digital Storytelling nonprofit for middle and high schoolers that challenges students to create digital narratives around core curricular goals.

Brett had the great fortune to spend most of his professional life at Sesame Workshop in New York City, serving as a Co-Executive Producer on media projects about literacy, math, science, and conflict resolution for youth around the world, including work in Iraq, South Sudan, North Macedonia, and the UAE. He is married with two grown kids.

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Expanding Literacy: Bringing Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom

Storytelling is humanity’s most universal form of communication. It is also one of the hardest to master effectively. But there are powerful opportunities for students to command this vital form through digital storytelling, which offers new and deeply relevant pathways to communicate effectively and purposefully using text, sound, music, and imagery still and moving. 

How can we make meaningful, thoughtful digital storytelling a standard, best practice in schools? Brett Pierce takes you on a journey into the deeply engaging world of digital story creation, providing a new outlook for why Digital Storytelling is critically important and how to integrate these processes seamlessly in the classroom.

Expanding Literacy offers a specific project-based learning angle that can be meshed with any traditional and non-traditional curricular topic and is flexible enough to be applied to almost any content area. It’s an approach to learning that focuses simultaneously on deep curricular learning and a range of digital and human skills, all within the expansive realm of digital multimodal literacy. 

We all live in a visually driven, technological world. In digital storytelling, the written word is an integral part of this visual world, but its role is re-cast in coordination with the creatively robust properties of sound, music, and imagery. The resulting narrative experience is impactful. Prepare students for most anything that the world may throw at them and teach them how to communicate effectively inside of the digital universe that envelopes them, now and in the future. 

By Brett Pierce
Format Softcover
Product No. 9780325132396