Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Digital Storytelling with Kindergarten friends

Earlier in the year I created a post about Kindergarten students learning how to use Pixie through allowing them time to explore and play. Taking that time paid off BIG time recently when I had the chance to work with them again using Pixie to create stories.

As we all know little Kindergarten friends don't quite have the handwriting capabilities yet to write out stories. But...boy, do they have some stories to share! I heard stories about everything from pizza to Indiana Jones to playing tag with friends.

These little friends are just starting to learn about the craft of storytelling. The first session we worked together students were creating a drawing and then their story was something like “This is a picture of a cave.” The teacher and I chatted later that day and we discussed the importance of starting to talk to them about basic elements of a story: characters, setting, beginning, middle and ending. The second session we focused on having a quick class discussion to remind everyone of the elements and then made sure to have each student practice telling their story before recording it. At times it was helpful to guide students storytelling with some simple leading questions like:

Who was there?
Where were you?
What happened next?

Now, these stories are still on the basic level, but we could tell they got the idea of the difference between telling about the picture and telling a small story.

Here are a few examples to listen to and enjoy!

Snowman by Sarah from Mary Brothers on Vimeo.

New Clothes from Mary Brothers on Vimeo.


  1. NICE!!! Like the new look to the blog as well, you must have some time to "explore and play" yourself.

  2. I "heart" (love) these. Way to take what you've learned and apply it to your teaching craft. What I most like is that you are sharing how technology can be used in the primary grades to enhance their literacy skills.

  3. Digital storytelling is such a wonderful way for kids to share stories!

  4. Great examples! Great reminders about working with the little ones!