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Strengthen your biography section using digital storytelling by combining digital, visual, and media literacy to enhance broader nontraditional approaches of reading, writing, speaking, and art appreciation. Students can create a variety of resources including audio narration, digital graphics, text, and video clips. As they create their stories, students gain a greater understanding of online resources and increase their media and visual literacy skills.


Professional Collaboration Goal:

     Improving teaching and learning so that students use information literacy skills to produce work that meets standards of high quality. Professional collaboration brings teachers and school library media specialists together to design learning activities that teach students the steps and criteria for effective and efficient inquiry, thus setting the stage for lifelong learning.


Unit of Study:

  • Key Figure Research 
  • Description of the Study Unit: Students will demonstrate knowledge of key historical figures and the roles they played in society. To accomplish this objective, students will research various key figures and identify their important characteristics and the roles they played. Their products, through the use of a variety of media and formats, provide the vehicles for communication of the information. 4.1.8: "Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning".


Information Literacy/Inquiry Standards:

Connecting to AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner:

  • Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects and make the real world connection for using this process in own life.(1.1.1)
  • Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquirey (1.1.8)
  • Demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats (1.2.3) 
  • (2.1.1)
  • Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information (2.1.4)
  • Connect understanding to the real world (2.3.1) 
  • Recognize new lnowledge and understaning (2.4.3) 
  • Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandins effectively (3.1.3)
  • Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understaning in ways that others can view, use, and assess (3.1.4) 
  • Use information and technology ethically and responsibly (3.1.6) 
  • Use creative and artistic formats o express personal learning (4.1.8) 


ISTE Standards:

  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promtoe creativity 


Curriculum (subject areas)



     Students will apply the research methods associated with historical inquiry.



Mini-Documentary Assignment - Adapted from a unit developed by Dan Meder, Media Production Teacher, Springfield Township High School, Erdenheim, PA. Power Tools Recharged, Valenza, Joyce Kasman. American Library Assoication, Chicago, 2004.


The University of Houston: the educational uses of digital storytelling



Fakebook Template by Amy Mayer

And to Think I Saw Dr. Seuss on Facebook


Glogster - Interactive posters

Reboot the Dead: breathing life into biographies


Sitepal - 3D Voki's (requires paid membership)

Albert Einstein Through the Eyes of Makalya


QR Technology - Market your library

StoryJumper - publish your own book


Voki For Education - avatars with motion and voice

Amelia Earhart 






Tutorial Powerpoint

Jackie Robinson


Contact Information:

Eddika Castaneda - Reading Interventionist ecastaneda1@unitedisd.org

Analine Johnson - Librarian ajohnsont@unitedisd.org


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