Most students would benefit from seeing two or three examples of digital stories at the beginning of the semester OR when the assignment is initially introduced. Ideally, examples from a previous semester are helpful if available. The main purpose would be to simply clarify what a digital story is (in the way you are referring to it) and what it is not (e.g., video editing, slide show of somewhat random images).
What to highlight at this time?
- The use of images to convey meaning and to communicate a clearer message.
- Video editing is not necessary nor recommended.
- Do not worry about collecting images throughout the semester (will gather stock images from the web).
- Rest assured you will be taught how to create these (later in the semester), no experience in video editing is necessary. And, there are resources on campus to assist you if necessary. Put them at ease about the technology (especially freshman).
How to plan digital storytelling into your curriculum (before the course or program begins)?
In general, the “just-in-time” approach works well here, which usually means you spend one class period (60–75 minutes) approximately two or three weeks prior to the due date. However, this may vary depending on how you have created opportunities for feedback. See example course agendas and comments on when to give feedback on the script and storyboard below.