ICTI-170: Creating Interactive Digital Narratives

Learn how to create and integrate digital narratives into your classroom.

This online technology training course explores various computer-based tools that can be used to create digital narratives. Digital narratives combine the art of telling stories with graphics, text, audio, and video. They may be personal, historical, community-based, or global and are constructed from the creator’s perspective. Teachers will be able to apply the tools and concepts in this online course to integrate digital narratives in the classroom to enhance learning.

Target Audience: Current and pre-service K-12 educators and administrators

If you’re thinking about these sorts of questions, this course is for you!

What are ways that I can use digital narratives in my classroom?

Digital narratives use computer-based tools to tell a story. Digital narratives combine the art of telling stories with graphics, text, audio, and video. They may be personal, historical, community-based, or global. ICTI-170 will show how you can integrate digital narratives into the classroom to help students explore a particular topic.

What steps do I need to consider in integrating digital narratives?

ICTI-170 will guide you through the steps of creating your own digital narrative. In doing so, you will explore the things you need to consider when integrating digital narratives into your curriculum.

How do I begin using digital narratives in my classroom?

In ICTI-170,  you will refine your own digital narratives while learning about copyright and fair use laws. As you reflect on the process of creating digital narratives and the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM), you will create a lesson plan using digital narratives in your classroom.


This course represents 20 contact hours. All iTeach courses align with national standards for professional learning. Check with your district staff development office to ensure they will accept this course for in-service points.


This course will help teachers meet the National Education Technology (NET) standards 1-5.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify how and why digital narratives may be used and considerations for integration in the classroom
  • Discuss classifications of digital narratives and what should be included
  • Explore Web 2.0 tools and determine which tools are best suited for integrating digital narratives in your learning environment
  • Write a script and develop a storyboard for use in creating your digital narrative
  • Create your own digital narrative

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, participants will receive a course completion certificate. This certificate will awarded to participants who:

  • Satisfactorily complete all modules within the specified time period
  • Maintain a score of 70 and above throughout each module
  • Receive a final score of 70 and above for the course

Certificates will be emailed directly to participants once the facilitator submits final grades and the course completes its review.

This course is organized into five modules completed over four weeks.  Each week, learners will review materials and complete online activities within each module.  A badge will be awarded following the successful completion of all modules.

  • Course Orientation Overview
  • Week 1: Introduction to Digital Narratives
  • Week 2: Plan Your Digital Narrative
  • Week 3: Integrating Digital Narratives in the Classroom
  • Week 4: Create Your Digital Narrative
Modules will be released weekly throughout the four weeks of this course. On average, participants will spend three to five hours per week completing the course, for a total of twenty contact hours. The weekly hours reflect the average amount of time a participant will spend completing assignments and activities and will vary depending upon the learner.  While most activities can be completed at any time during the week, participants are expected to attend a live online meeting during week 3. The day and time of that meeting will be determined based on availability of participants.

Our ICTI-170: Creating Interactive Digital Narratives facilitators are qualified instructional technology experts, committed to empowering educators in using digital tools to improve students’ success. They will guide you through each module, answer you questions and provide you with timely and specific feedback. 

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