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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

October 25, 2012

In this article, Jennifer New discusses the role that digital storytelling can have in the classroom, particularly as a tool to encourage student creativity. Specifically, she outlines basic concepts that educators should keep in mind when helping students undertake such an activity. These ideas range from encouraging their creativity to taking a relaxed view of the whole process. What is interesting is that she also comments about how students today only know a world filled with technology and, therefore, they will generally catch-on faster than their instructors and perhaps even be able to teach the teacher. Perhaps most appropriate to this course, she encourages teachers to see technology as a tool and not the goal.

Deanna Thompson

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  1. October 25, 2012 9:30 pm

    This would be a great tool to use with older students. There is so much learning that occurs in the creative process. The fact that so much of the technology needed to create these stories is free means that it is accessible to all students. Although getting approval for a project like this at a low API school would be really hard. These are the types of things that we need to add to the teaching repertoire to keep students engaged. The world is changing and teaching needs to keep up with it. I love the idea that teachers can learn from students. I think this is something that a lot of teachers are afraid of. They do not want to be seen as having gaps in their knowledge. So often I have seen teachers ignore really great resources because they do not want to take the time to learn the technology but if you could teach and learn at the same time, that is time well spent.

  2. October 26, 2012 12:20 pm

    I agree that this can be an effective tool in student learning. Digital stories support multiple learning styles with sight and sound rather than thick walls of text that even I as an adult student get really tired of. While the article mentions using this as a storytelling tool and not a technology tool, I think just by being immersed in technology as a part of learning they are gaining important skills. I deal with patrons every day without computer experience and even programs like iMovie that we may consider easy would pose significant difficulties for users without any background in how software works in general. Just having those skills reinforced everyday as the regular course of study can have a profound effect on their futures.

  3. October 26, 2012 1:46 pm

    This article ties into week 10 nicely. I agree with others that story telling is the teaching tool to use. So much can be learned from even a short story. Having students create stories of there own is a wonderful exercise of creativity and expression of understanding. The article mentions that teachers need not be afraid of bringing tech tools to their students, I agree with that. Most students, at least the smart ones, will not care if the teacher does not know how to use the tools, the students will be happy to help out – like the article states. Thanks for finding this article.

  4. October 26, 2012 6:27 pm

    I agree with an earlier comment about this being a great way to encourage different learning styles. I feel like digital storytelling has so many facets and utilizes different skills that the majority of students would find some way of getting engaged. You could even make it into a group project where students can highlight their interests and skills. For example, one student can write the story while another works on the editing and digital component. The only problem I could see is making sure everyone has access to a computer.

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