DS106. The Future for Teachers?

Digital storytelling, according to educause.edu, “is the practice of combining narrative with digital content.” I think that this is a cool idea that should be implemented in all classrooms. I believe the classroom is a safe place where all students should be comfortable experimenting and expressing themselves in all types of ways, not just through traditional methods. I plan to use digital storytelling in my classroom someday. I think that through digital story telling children will become more technologically literate and attain more confidence within themselves when they figure out what they want to do.

A really great source for digital storytelling is DS106. This website was created for a college course but it includes anyone who wants to participate in the challenges. There is also a place at the website that anyone can create a challenge for others to attempt and assess how it went. The DS106 site expands on digital story telling as telling your own story in a compelling and emotionally engaging form. The emotionally engaging form part is what intrigues me. I think that many times with certain projects or classes students tend to lose that emotional connection to it and they don’t see the attractiveness or the usefulness of what they are learning. When you encourage students to add that emotional connection to what they are working on, weather it is digital storytelling or any other part of your curriculum the students will be more engaged and more excited to learn. Digital storytelling is an interesting idea for teachers to start including into their classrooms, it combines creativity with multimedia, seeing what students can do when they are given a prompt and very few instructions.

Creativity is a key part in the DS106 course. The course pushes you to think outside the box, a great attribute that teachers need to be able to use in all aspects of teaching. DS106 creates a unique environment of creativity and openness that all classrooms should aspire to have. DS106 is a big collaboration of people from all over that have access to the internet. If you are involved in the course you are interacting with people you don’t know to accomplish a specific goal. That specific goal will not look the same for everyone, the end result and even the process is different for everyone and seeing everyone else’s process and end result is really satisfying and informational as a teacher.

6 thoughts on “DS106. The Future for Teachers?

  1. I think digital storytelling could be the future of education! It gives so many opportunities for students to be creative, and I can see kids of all ages really getting into it. I think emotional ties to students’ projects is very important too. This makes them more invested in their schooling!
    Also, what grade level do you want to teach digital storytelling to, and what kind of activities? The only kind of activities I could think of are ones for a high school English class, and I’m really interested to hear what everyone else had in mind!


    1. I think that to a degree you can do it in any classroom, more focusing on the drawing and writing aspects of digital story telling. Having a prompt that students can tell through a story or a picture would be a fun and good way to tell what your students want to do or excel at more than another. Thanks for your question!


  2. I really like how you were able to tie in this idea of digital storytelling, and being connected with your creativity and learning into the classroom! If we are able to get our students passionate, and running with ideas it will be wonderful!! The fact you automatically thought to put it in these terms for teaching right away just goes to show that you will be utilizing it for your classroom which I think is a great idea! Good luck!


    1. Thank you so much! I definitely think there are strong ties between many college courses the lower education classrooms if you just look a little deeper and I really enjoy trying to find that connection between everything. Thanks for your feedback!

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  3. Mackenna,
    Daily create I believe is really going to help us become better educators and although this is a college based course I think we could alter it into any age level. You mentioned that we can make our own assignments and share them with others to use, why not create assignments based on the curriculum you are teaching in your classroom and then have you students do that as one assignment to change up the learning style in the classroom. That may be more focus on high school ages students, but you could make an assignment that you and the class could work on together in the lower grade levels. As a teacher our schedules will be super busy inside and outside of school, so if we run out of time to make an assignment on daily create, I am sure we could find one on there that is relatively close to the subject we are teaching.
    What grade level do you want to teach?
    Take care!


    1. I would love to teach 1st or 2nd grade. I think that the written and drawing portions would be a big part in the digital storytelling project for the younger grades just to get them exposed to the out of the box thinking that daily create is trying to accomplish. Thank you for your feedback!


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