Instructional Strategies: Technology

Digital Storytelling:
Photography as a Writing Tool


For Teachers of Grades K – 8
One-session Workshop (3 hours)
Led by Paige Whelan

You’ve all seen writing students frowning at blank pieces of paper, lifeless pencils in hand. Learn how to guide young authors through the writing process as photographers and those pencils will rise from the dead! Students start by using storyboards to organize their stories into a series of pictorial scenes, then direct their classmates in photo shoots to create digital picture albums they can reference as they write. Bring your tablets or laptops and cameras to this interactive workshop and experience how this collaborative process engages and supports all learners.


Traveling to the Past:
Trick Photography for Historians

For Teachers of Grades 3 – 12
One-session Workshop (3 hours)
Led by Paige Whelan

Learn how to take your class on a fieldtrip to the past through “trick photography,” a process where students use free web or tablet-based technology to sneak posed photographs of themselves into historical images. This easy-to-learn strategy engages the “selfie” generation in worlds beyond their own and helps them build empathy for others, especially as they research primary sources to prepare for their digital journey. Bring your tablets or laptops and cameras to this exciting workshop!

Focus 5, Inc 2016