Why Digital Storytelling

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This is a reflection of the benefits of using Digital Storytelling in the classroom--what it is, how to do it and why! :)

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Why Digital Storytelling

  1. 1. Why Digital Storytelling?<br />By Amy E. Ayers<br />EME 5050<br />
  2. 2. In my Technology class this week, we were asked to think about the benefit of Digital Storytelling in our classroom. <br />It made me think……..<br />What is it? <br />How do I begin?<br />Why use it?<br />What are the benefits?<br />
  3. 3. Thinking about how we grew up….Storytelling was probably presented verbally or reading from a book…<br />
  4. 4. But today’s Digital Kidsneed more…<br />
  5. 5. Digital kids learn best by….<br />Hands-on interaction<br />Multi-tasking<br />Utilizing digital media<br />Collaboration<br /> and Social networking <br />And so much more…..<br />
  6. 6. As teachers, what can we do to—<br />Capture<br />Reach<br />Stimulate<br />Awaken<br />Motivate<br />Inspire<br />Encourage<br />Excite<br />and Support<br />Our students? <br />
  7. 7. One way is through <br />Digital Storytelling<br />Now, you may be thinking…. <br /> Digital Storytelling? What is that? <br />
  8. 8. Digital Storytelling is a “Digital Explanation”<br />It can be….<br />An actual traditional story<br />A teachable concept or idea<br />A presentation of a chapter, book or text<br />An experiment or demonstration<br />A ‘how-to’ exercise<br />A sharing of thoughts <br />Or whatever YOU want it to be!<br />
  9. 9. Digital Storytelling integrates technology like….<br />All to….<br />Photos<br />Movie clips<br />Music<br />Voice or sounds<br />Links<br />Graphics<br />Animation<br />and Text<br />To make a point<br />To give the message<br />To explain<br />And to reach<br />
  10. 10. Where do I start?Digital Story telling comes in many forms, such as: <br />PowerPoint Presentations<br />Slideshows<br />Podcasts<br />Movies<br />Videos<br />or Animations <br />
  11. 11. We need to understand our kids today…<br />Ask yourself---Why should I?<br />They need more than the “traditional-style” teaching<br />Their brains are wired differently<br />They are using technology at <br />younger and younger ages<br /> —they aren’t afraid of it <br />They multitask <br />They learn best by many modes of instruction and need to interact with them to grow and learn.<br />
  12. 12. Guess What? <br />Instead of requiring that old boring type of “book report”—your students can create a digital storytelling project….<br />Let Your students….. <br />Share<br />Learn<br />Collaborate<br />Explore<br />Express<br />Be the teacher<br />
  13. 13. And the benefits? <br />With digital storytelling you are opening up a whole new presentation style to your students<br />You will be meeting the needs that the students need to grow and learn<br />You will be reaching,inspiring,captivating,teaching, and feedingtheir brains the way they are wired to work.<br />
  14. 14. We need to move forward with our students….<br />We need to incorporate the technologies they are used to. <br />
  15. 15. We need to move forward with our students….<br />We need to give them the opportunity to use “different technologies” in our classroom.<br />
  16. 16. We need to move forward with our students….<br />We need to prepare them for the digital world that is constantly changing.<br />
  17. 17. We need to move forward with our students….<br />We need to facilitate and let them take the lead. <br />
  18. 18. We need to move forward with our students….<br />We need to give them the skills they need to be successfuland competitive in the 21st century!<br />
  19. 19. So…Give it a Go!<br />Make a plan<br />Pick the technologies you want to use<br />Take a risk and try it out<br />Move forward<br />Create, share and collaborate<br />Have fun!<br />
  20. 20. Be the change….<br />Make it happen and do it for the kids.<br />
  21. 21. References<br />Shelly, G.,  Gunter, G., & Gunter, R. (2010). Integrating technology and classroom media in the classroom.  Boston: course technology.Digital storytelling in plain EnglishMusic by: Disney’s Official Album-Tree of Life<br />

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