San Diego Regional CATESOL Conference, Grossmont College, Fall 2009

Empowering Students Through Digital Storytelling

Presented by Ruth Gay, Eli Clarke, Kristi Reyes

For MiraCosta College Digital Storytelling Workshop, click here: Digital Storytelling

PowerPoint Presentation:


Hands-on: Make your own short digital story using PowerPoint clip art with Windows Movie Maker with voice-over narration
  • First, write a short paragraph introducing yourself and make a storyboard plan
  • Next create PowerPoint slides with images from Microsoft clipart; save your slides a .jpg (image) files
  • Then download music
  • Follow the handout and our demonstration to import images and music into Movie Maker and add a title, effects, transitions, and voice-over narration
  • The end project will be a short digital story!

PowerPoint hanodut:

Sample storyboard sheet:
ESL Digital Storytelling Guide (includes rubric and many resources):
Movie Maker Guide (step-by-step directions for using Movie Maker):
Ripping Music from a CD:

An online, free site as an alternative to Movie Maker: JayCut
Sample of a "movie" made with JayCut, by Kristi Reyes (topic: Intermediate-Level Writing Assessment Pilot)


Eli Clarke's MiraCosta College students' digital stories:

ESL Digital Storytelling Course at MiraCosta College blog:
ESL Digital Storytelling Course at MiraCosta College class pages:

CATESOL State Conference, Pasadena, CA, Spring 2009:

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Using authorSTREAM,, and VoiceThread

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