Samantha Borra shares 8 specific steps in her article to lead to great digital storytelling. I found the cycle image itself to be supportive of my journey to becoming an effective storyteller. I’m a fan of visual supports, but it was also great to see that the components resonate with much of what I’ve already learned through this course as well as mirror what we do with our response pieces. This will be helpful when we engage in our own storytelling.
The one piece that was new and surprising was an introductory bullet focused on collaboration. In my experience thus far it has felt someone isolated and personal, rather than collaborative. I have shared out my stories and received feedback from other students, but this type of peer learning seems almost an afterthought. I wish that the article would have offered more information as to where collaboration shows up in the stages. I’m curious as to where there’s a larger impact – planning, drafting, revision, etc.
One addition I might make to this cycle is to embed the feedback step throughout. We’ve learned that especially for students, frequent and EARLY feedback is critical. I was reminded of Austin’s Butterfly. If his teacher had allowed him to go further than a quick sketch before engaging in peer feedback, would he have been so ready to accept critique? I believe we need to place a greater sense of urgency around timely feedback instead of waiting until the end.