Third and Fourth graders are beginning work to create their own digital story that depicts their personal views of "Life 'Round Here," answering the question:

Tell us, what is it really like to go to your school?

Life 'Round Here is a global project connecting classrooms from around the world. Through digital storytelling, students will have the opportunity to not only share their view of their world but to broaden their view of the world at large and develop an understanding of their interconnectedness with others in the world.

In addition to the international connection, students will also collaborate locally by partnering students from East and West Vincent to plan, write and create a digital story together.

Getting Started

What will be your FOCUS?

You will need the following:

  • Clear evidence of a specific audience

  • Consistent topic

  • Narrow topic

  • A clear point about the topic or message to the reader

  • All details strongly support the point / message

Possible Focus Topics

  • Learning

  • Play

  • Nature

  • Environment

  • Friends

  • Experiment

  • Create

  • Communicate

  • Explore

Project Requirements and Guidelines

Sources of Images

Project Rubric.

Tips for Taking Digital Photos

Composition 101
Framing the Shot
Field of View
Camera Placement

What Makes a Good Digital Story?


West Vincent and East Vincent Partners


Gum Girl


Blue Modern




Beth Pink


Penguin Guy




1st Grade Crew


Collaboration Guidelines and Tools

You will be working with your partner throughout this project. You will have several tasks to complete in order to produce your final digital story for Life Round Here.
You will need to:
  • Become familiar with each other
    • Use your collaborative wiki page to tell a little about yourself.
    • Use the Discussion Tab on your wiki page to have "conversations" about your project with your partner.
    • Use your videoconference time to "see" and talk with each other.

  • Follow and use Videoconferencing Tips
    • You are having a conversation with the other person.
    • Take turns in the conversation.
    • Listen to what the other person is saying and suggesting.
    • Remember they can see everything you do and hear everything you say.

  • Use a Concept Mapping program to collaboratively brainstorm and "see" your ideas.
    • Try using or to create an idea map, showing categories and details related to your topic focus.
    • Spend time with and without your partner, adding ideas to your collaborative web.

  • SYNTHESIZE your different ideas into one thematic story.
    • Share your ideas clearly with your partner.
    • Listen very carefully to your partner's ideas.
    • Work together to explore and discover ways that connect your big ideas.
    • Use the linking tools on Webspiration or Dabbleboard to link your ideas.

  • Identify a THEMATIC focus for your digital story
    • Discuss how you will make your story more than a video of examples found at school for your topic.
    • Discuss the point or message your story will send to your audience.
    • Discuss ways to build the audience's understanding of your thematic focus.
    • Create a Story Map for your video.

  • Write the script for your story.
    • Use your concept map, taking one topic at a time and number the topics in the order you want your story to follow.
    • Along with each number, add your name, identifying which story parts you will be writing.
    • Edit your wiki page to make part for the story- Introduction, Part 1, Part, 2, etc. use the Horizontal Rule to separate parts.
    • Start writing the script for your part(s) of the story.
    • Use a Play Script format to show who is talking in your story. ( Sam: I really like nature)
    • Remember to use the Discussion Tap to keep your partner updated on your progress and to offer feedback and ideas.

  • Plan the pictures for your story
    • Use your concept map, taking one topic at a time and brainstorm the types of pictures you want for each one.
    • Discuss and agree upon which topics you will work on and which topics your partner will work on.
    • Remember to use the Discussion Tap to keep your partner updated on your progress and to offer feedback and ideas.

  • Storyboard your story
    • As you find images or take photos for your story, save them in your common shared team folder.
    • If you are using images from other sites, be sure they have a Creative Commons license. Copy the citations and link backs for your images onto a document for later use.
    • Use a storyboard to organize the sequence of your images.
    • Copy/paste the narration that will go with each of your images.
    • Remember to use the Discussion Tap to keep your partner updated on your progress and to offer feedback and ideas.

  • Create your digital story
    • Agree on which program you will be using to create your video: PhotoStory, MovieMaker, Animoto
    • Add your images, ordering them to follow your storyboard plan.
    • Be sure to save your project in your shared partner project folder.
    • Add words to your images if desired.
    • Record works for your images.
    • Add title pages and a credits page.
    • Select and add music for your video.
    • Finalize your video.
    • Enjoy!