Checking Out the March SLM: Spaces for Digital Storytelling

I thought that in the next few days, I’d share a few topics from the March 2013 issue of School Library Monthly, and I confess that I chose an easy first article: mine.  (Thank you for indulging me on this Saturday morning!)

Digital storytelling is a topic that I love to read about, write about, think about, and try out.  In “Great Spaces for Digital Storytelling,” I share some ideas for planning and teaching digital storytelling projects in ways that maximize students’ natural inclinations to share, learn from one another, and flourish in a supportive, encouraging (and not intimidating) environments.

Here are a few strategies for librarians and classroom teachers to try with digital storytelling, or other technology applications:

- Support “formative,” or work-in-progress digital storytelling by honoring informal sharing, and teaching students to attend to their classmates’ work in constructive ways

- Encourage peer teaching by highlighting students with specific knowledge of tools and features

- To inspire creativity and problem solving, allow kids to play and explore new applications before focusing in on an assigned task

- Attend to students’ emotional and developmental needs in technology processes; check in not only by asking about help with next steps, but by affirming that it’s ok to need help because we’re confused, frustrated, or upset

Read more about creating collaborative, supportive spaces in the article, and check back here for more library and advocacy ideas from the March issue!


Morris, Rebecca. “Great Spaces for Digital Storytelling.” School Library Monthly 29, no. 6 (March 2013): 37-38.

Update: Access the full-text article here.

Image: children’s computer, by oclibr51 on Flickr. Used with a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.


–Rebecca Morris

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