earth from space

Credit: "Earth" by Kevin M. Gill is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Resource Description

Storytelling can save the Earth. Stories have the power to inform, raise awareness, and bring about change. Now more than ever, science needs storytelling. Our brains are hardwired to learn and connect with others through stories. Personal narratives that tap into the scientist's voice are effective tools for communicating technical information. Digital Stories in Science provides a step-by-step approach on how to combine textual, visual, and aural information into a compelling digital narrative. Discover ways to find your story, write a script, build a storyboard, and collect images, video, and audio. Student examples, tools, and resources are included, making this resource easy to use for students, faculty, or concerned earthlings. Make an impact; create your digital story today.

This resource is part of the following program: Ryan Family Student Center.



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You can view the entire resource here: Digital Stories in Science
Headshot of Jamie Peeler

Jamie Peeler is a NatureNet Science Fellow with The Nature Conservancy and University of Montana. She uses science and storytelling to help land managers steward forests through a new fire era. She completed her MS and PhD in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. 

Del Bright standing on a glacier

Del Bright is the Giles Writer-in-Residence for the EMS Ryan Family Student Center. She has composed instructional materials for composition, written and edited technical books and articles, and has published articles in magazines and newspapers. She has over twenty years of experience teaching in online and classroom settings. She completed a Master of Science in Forestry from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interest is the use of narratives in science communication. Her blog offers advice on writing issues and professional documents (Del Bright's Blog).

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State and serves as a writing tutor to online students. Her research interests relate to writing and science communication and to learning science. She has twenty years of teaching experience, serving a wide variety of learners a diverse range of subjects. She has also worked at the state level to design curriculum for public schools. Maria holds an M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. She is happily married with two grown sons, is an avid cyclist, and takes refuge in music and the outdoors. 

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