Through storytelling, story tellers can convey their messages in an effective way and viewers can understand the story aimed to be conveyed at a deeper level. Yet, to make this transfer process more impressive, story tellers need creativity and imagination. At this point, it is essential to be aware of the fact that creativity is children’s unique response to what they experience. In other words, the creativity skills of children vary.
Herein, it is the responsibility of the teachers who run the digital story telling workshop to discover and to foster the creativity skills of the participant students and , in the end, have the intended results of the digital story telling workshop. However, the teachers who intend to run a digital story telling workshop or activity in their classes may feel ill-prepared and feel helpless about how to ignite and foster the imagination and creative sides of their students.
At this point, here are some tips for teachers:
* View good examples of digital stories with students
* Give the students time to think, to brainstorm and to outline their story
* Create a friendly classroom environment where the students can share their ideas freely
* Practice group activities/team works so as to increase the interaction among the peer groups
As a practice of team work, the Storyboarding activity is besiegingly suggested for the teachers who seek ways to foster the creativity of their students. Storyboarding refers to, shortly, a graphic organizer that plans a narrative in a powerful way to visually present information to be transferred. This activity can be done individually or as a team work to increase the interaction among those who are involved in the story telling workshop. With this purpose, the storyboarding activity can be done in the pre-writing stage of digital story telling workshop.