Beyond Words: The Craftsmanship of Digital Storytelling

When a digital story is finished it should be remembered for its soul,
not the bells and whistles of the technology tools. (Bernajean Porter, 2004

Workshop Goals
• Understand the role of StoryMaking as a communication form that moves
students from data to enduring understandings
• Define and apply the seven stages of StoryMaking for all multimedia products
• Define and apply the Take Six: Elements of a Good Story
• The power of searching for the “So What”
• Define the Baker’s Dozen Skills developed through StoryMaking
• Practice communication and technical skills that will enable participants to
successfully coach students in designing their own exemplar communication products

Workshop Project
Small groups will work collaboratively to craft a multimedia experience of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” Each small group will be challenged to dance together all of the Take Six: Elements of a Good Story as they develop their own voice interpretation with selected images, ambient sounds, special effects and music while also creating a personal reflection of the meaning of Frost’s poem into a 3-5 min movie that will be shared during dinner. The expectation to have a personal connection of the poem’s meaning to themselves, their community or humanity incorporated is an essential element. This personal connection is referred to as the lesson learned, moral of the story, or the “so what” that develops some kind of explicit meaning beyond the actual poem to how the topic matters for you or your viewers.

Pre-Workshop Preparation Task
Please take time to ponder Frost’s poem, begin considering designing ideas, reflect on the a possible personal connection, and peruse the resource links below with the poem and other reader comments BEFORE joining us for the artistic experience of crafting an exemplar communication with technology tools. Depending on your learning style, this pre-workshop preparation will likely make our time together a more successful experience.

Creative Ideas to Consider
• Modernize the poem with present day images and music
• Find a metaphor that unites the ideas expressed
• Choose a personal, scientific, social, historical or political event or situation to unfold a parallel story with the poem

Resource Links:

Here is Frost’s poem. Be sure to review the 55+ reflection comments for ideas of how the poem spoke or mattered to various readers. If you are inspired, add your own comments about Frost’s poem! Also check out the link for Poetry for Dummies!