Handouts, presentations, how-to's


A note about handouts

Handouts are grouped into three categories:

  1. Assessing technological impact

  2. E-Learning, distance education, technology planning, leadership

  3. Storytelling, digital storytelling, art and technology

Most handouts are in PDF format.

Most PowerPoint presentations are also in PDF format, but can be requested in their original PowerPoint format.

Handout Category #1

Assessing Technological Impact

The Research Process

A step-by-step approach to conducting research including all basic components: question, data determination, data collection methodology, data analysis, conclusion, presentations, identification of questions for further study. It is set within the context of students studying their energy consumption habits, and playing "what if?" with their lifestyles to find ways to reduce energy use. Designed for high school and grad students, it is easily adaptable to middle school.

This research process works with most topics and at many levels (middle school, high school, higher ed). Powerpoint format.


Twenty-Five Questions to Ask about Technology

1-page quick reference containing 25 questions to ask about a technology. It is designed to help students understand a technology's impacts -- both proactively and reactively -- on themselves, society and the environment. (PDF)


Media, Tech Assessment Primer

Quick reference to theories about media and technology assessment. (Word File)


Seeing Technology's Effects

Like "Twenty-Five Questions to Ask about Technology" above, but with more detail. It includes prompting questions that teachers can ask students to help them think in a detailed manner about the nature of technology. (PDF)


What's right?

1-page quick reference containing questions that educators and parents should (and often do) ask about technology and ethics. (PDF)


Creating a technology metaphor

Student activity about creating a "technology metaphor" to help students understand their perceptions of how technology impacts their lives. (PDF)


Change Process

One-page quick reference about the effects of technological change; particularly useful with middle school students. (PDF)


Technology T-Balance

Student activity about how to assess the pros and cons, as well as short term vs. long term effects, of a technology. Includes a blank assessment form, as well examples of student assessments of the following: television, robotics and electronic town meetings. (PDF)


Assessing a school's technology culture

Student activity to help them develop an anthropologist's understanding of how a school community views and uses technology. (PDF Doc)


Handout Category #2

E-Learning, Distance Education, Technology Planning, Leadership


Engaging E-Learning

Powerpoint (saved as PDF) about how to plan for and implement an e-learning or distance learning program. Includes "worksheet" slides. This is a BIG file and takes awhile to download.


Creating Online Community

Powerpoint (saved as PDF) about how to manage an online class and create a virtual community of learners. This is a BIG file and takes awhile to download.


Technology planning

1-page quick reference about the 8 important elements of technology planning. Applies to any kind of large-scale planning efforts.


Multimedia Planning

Two, 1-page quick references about how to plan for a multimedia project from a holistic and "screen-by-screen" perspective.


Education and the New Economy

Rationale for how education is becoming absorbed my "the market place" and why public education must meet the challenge of e-learning head on.


Handout Category #3

Storytelling, Digital Storytelling, Art and Technology


Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Published by Corwin Press. Jason's new book about digital storytelling and new media narrative in education - Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity- is now available for advance purchase.

Go to the book site to read reviews, peruse the table of contents, or purchase the book. Would you like your copy "signed at a distance?" Then contact us to receive a bookplate you can add to the inside cover.


Virtual Portrait of a Story

1-page quick reference of the "virtual portrait of a story" (VPS) story map used to map the emotional flow of a story.


Transformation Formations

Chapter from "Telling Your Story" about the nature of character transformation.


Story Table Handouts

Using storytables is my preferred approach to storyboarding. Following the storymapping part of the story development process (don't skip directly to story boarding! - story map first, then storyboard), create a story table.

A story table is simply a Word table consisting of two columns. In one column is the narrative to be spoken (or told); in the other is a description of the media we see on the screen (and possibly hear through the speakers) as we listen or watch the narrative. Use separate rows to denote natural breaks in the story, such as a change in perspective, scene, idea or speaker.

Once you have described the media in column two, then you can actually get the media (usually images and photos) and place them in the table cells, along with your original description; also add whatever citation information you will need about the resources you use in order to prepare a proper credits page. If you are using music or video in your story, then simply describe these. In the end, your story is captured in a table, separated into significant events using rows, with images directly adjacent to the narrative we will hear as we see the image. It is a great way to prep for and visualize your story.


Storymapping Handouts

3-page quick reference of the "virtual portrait of a story" (VPS) story map used to map the emotional flow of a story, as well as the "treasure map" approach to story mapping, and the story map for a story I often use in class.


Storytelling Rubric

A rubric to help teachers assess student work in the area of writing and telling stories.


Digital storytelling
storyboard template

Storyboard templates created specifically for use in digital storytelling projects. Feel free to download the PDF version. If you need the original Word version feel free to contact me (


Art the 4th R

Education Leadership article and website that provide the rationale for making art the next literacy. Many educators have used this article to support requests for increased art funding in their schools and districts. It always makes me happy when they do.