… It resonated with my approach as a "writer's workshop" elementary school teacher, where reading one's work aloud to a circle of peers was an essential part of the process of writing. Negotiating the content of digital story scripts in a group situation gives authenticity to the editing process.<br />… Fred Mindlin<br />
When students begin to feel the power they have, using their writing to give literal voice to their unique points of view, and then get credit as the writer/director/producer/editor of a short film, it's not just an "elevation" of self-esteem but a real transformation, from a fixed mindset—I can't write—to a growth mindset—I made a movie!<br />… Fred Mindlin<br />
“Digital stories are most effective for language learning when they are embedded in a language-rich curriculum that provides varied and abundant opportunities for learners to acquire new vocabulary and structures. Indeed, there is a danger in the use of this fascinating technology: Teachers must remember that the production of a digital story itself is not the goal but only one of several vehicles through which students can practice language and showcase what they can do with it.”<br />Rance–Roney, Judith. 2008. "Digital Storytelling for Language and Culture Learning." Essential Teacher 5 (1): 29–31. <br />
Assignment (Your Choice)<br />Write for seven minutes to respond to one of these questions:<br />What does it mean to be a good citizen? (Expository, Social Studies)<br />What is the single most important word in your favorite poem? Why? (Response to Literature, Persuasion, Language Arts)<br />Write a process explaining how to solve a math problem or perform a science project. (Write a technical document, Math or Science)<br />
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