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Digital Storytelling in EFL Education

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The ability to tell a story is the single most valuable use of language and communication. Whether it is to teach, persuade, explain, inform or simply entertain, storytelling tunes into our ancestral …

The ability to tell a story is the single most valuable use of language and communication. Whether it is to teach, persuade, explain, inform or simply entertain, storytelling tunes into our ancestral quest for insight on the world and its wonders. Later as adults – even if we’re not aware of it - it’s how we organize our own experiences and those of others. Presently, digital media allows students to do this in the most engaging and collaborative way ever in the history of education. But digital storytelling is also an ideal activity to get students to forge their creativity.

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  • 1. Digital Storytelling in EFL Education A Reference Guide for Foreign Language Education Professionals
  • 2. Pablo Ponce de León Educational Media Consultant www.EdutainmentArgentina.com
  • 3. My contention is that creativity is as important in Education as literacy Sir Ken Robinson, Educational author and speaker
  • 4. Creativity
  • 5. • Agenda – What is Storytelling? – What is a Story? – What is Digital Storytelling? – Implementing Digital Storytelling in EFL Education – Discussion Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 6. Storytelling
  • 7. • What is Storytelling? • Language Communication Skill • Reading • Writing • Listening • Speaking • Storytelling Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 8. • What is Storytelling? • Meaningful Communication • Situation • Incident • Anecdote • Experience • Idea • Possibility • Proposal • Problem • Solution • Event Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 9. • What is Storytelling? • Reaches into Human Psyche & Soul • Age old ritual • Journey of human experience • Inherently familiar • Template for Experience • Moves • Teaches • Warns • Entertains Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 10. • What is Storytelling? • Stimulates Creativity • Challenges the Mind • Metaphors • Mystery • Humor • Tough Questions • Enhances • Critical Thinking • Parallel Thinking • Problem Solving • Aesthetic Sensibility Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 11. • What is Storytelling? • Combined with today’s technology, it’s a great classroom activity that stimulates: • Teamwork • Management • Problem Solving • Leadership • Creativity • It involves: • Research • Writing • Art Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 12. Story
  • 13. • What is a Story? • A description of Change • Conflict • Inciting incident • Sets story in motion • Building Blocks • Set Up • Confrontation • Resolution Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 14. What is a Story? • Building Block 01: SET UP • Context • Toys have life of their own. • Characters • Woody is Andy’s favorite toy. • Conflict • Buzz Lightyear – a new toy - arrives to Andy’s life (inciting incident ). (Act 1) Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 15. What is a Story? • Building Block 02: CONFRONTATION • Plot Point 1 • Woody throws Buzz out the window and both are left out of the house. • Forces Confront • Woody confronts Buzz in the dangerous world outside Andy’s house. • Conflict Deepens • Woody and Buzz trapped in the Sid’s house (the boy who loves to torture and destroy toys). (Act 2) Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 16. (Act 3) What is a Story? •Building Block 03: RESOLUTION •Plot Point 2 •Woody organizes Sid’s toys to carry out an escape plan and save Buzz from getting blown up by Sid. •Final Confrontation •Woody, Buzz and Sid’s toys confront Sid and scare him from ever being bad to a toy again. •The Road Back •Woody and Buzz race (and fly) against time to reunite with Andy and their toy friends who are on a moving truck to another city. Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 17. Digital Storytelling
  • 18. • What is Digital Storytelling? • Multidisciplinary Activity • Digital Tools to create audiovisual stories in a variety of Formats: • Slide Show • Short movie • Power Point Presentation • Mini Documentary • Video Game idea • Complexity that depends on: • Institution • Teachers • Students Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 19. • What is Digital Storytelling? • Digital Tools • Hardware • Computer • Digital Video Camera • Digital Photo Camera • Voice recorder • Software • Microsoft Photo Story 3 • Microsoft Power Point • Windows Movie Maker • iMovie (Mac) Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 20. Implementing Digital Storytelling
  • 21. • Implementing Digital Storytelling • Why • Because the journey is as important as the final destination • When • Closure • End of a Unit / Lesson / Topic • End of Semester / Year • Where • Class presentation / projection • Online / Classroom Blog Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 22. • Implementing Digital Storytelling • What • Project Goal • Project Details • Who • Individual / Group activity • Roles: writer, producer, director, camera, editor, art, sound, narrator, actor • How long • 3 – 5 min Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 23. • Implementing Digital Storytelling • Production Schedule • Submit • Project Summary • Production Plan • Pre-Preduction • Writing • Getting everything ready • Production • Filming • Picture taking • Acquiring footage • Post-Production • Image and sound editing • Presentation • Finish project is presented Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 24. • Implementing Digital Storytelling • Grading • Project Goals • Teamwork • Individual performance • Use of language on script • Storytelling on final product • Production management • NOT aesthetics Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 25. Digital Storytelling in EFL Education • Implementing Digital Storytelling • Teacher Training • Teachers can benefit from traning on: • digital media production • digital media management
  • 26. Discussion
  • 27. Thank You! Digital Storytelling in EFL Education
  • 28. Digital Storytelling in EFL Education A Reference Guide for Foreign Language Education Professionals Pablo Ponce de León Educational Media Consultant www.EdutainmentArgentina.com