In the Classroom 100 years ago, students’ desks were nailed to the floor facing the teacher. The teacher had a blackboard, books, and the spoken word to engage students. No differentiated instruction. No different learning styles acknowledged.
Over Time…Through the years, not only has the material inclassrooms changed, but the classroomsthemselves have!Teachers have changed the way they teach toaccommodate the change in the timesand the different styles of learning.
Today’s Student These days, students are surrounded by technology.Teachers have to come up with creative ways to keep students interested and engaged.
Digital Storytelling Digital storytelling is telling a story using a combination of computer-based audio (like music or narration), videos, images, or text. One can tell the same story verbally, but digital storytelling has extra stimulating components to appeal to all of the senses.
Using Digital Storytelling as a Teaching AidA teacher could read “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” tostudents as an effective teaching tool…Or, that same teacher could tell the storydigitally, like this: <iframe width="640" height="360"src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/doyv0fL0YJw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Using Digital Storytelling as an AssignmentStudents can make their own digitalstorybooks, either independently,or in pairs or groups.They may be worked on during class time andpresented to the class when complete.It engages our tech savvy students of today, andpresents them with the opportunity to complete anassignment that they can be proud of.
A Great Hook!Whether used as a teaching tool by theinstructor, or assigned as an activity for studentsto complete, digital storytelling is an engagingand effective way to tell a story!It captures the audience’s attention, appeals to alltypes of learners, is great across all curriculum,and enhances comprehension.
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