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Adventures in Digital Storytelling with ELSA Learners<br />ELSANet Conference Workshop – October 17, 2011<br />Presenter: ...
M.Ed (TESL)  U of C<br />practicum component – ELSA program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House<br />technology & language ...
What is Digital Storytelling?<br />“the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories” (University of Houston) <b...
Digital Stories…<br />are short (2 to 4 minutes long)<br />are interesting & meaningful to the storyteller<br />are clearl...
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:<br />http://www.l2digitalstorytelling.blogspot.com/<br />
How?<br />Timeline: one month<br />Monthly theme: Housing<br />Sponsor teacher + as many volunteers as possible<br />Equip...
www.cnhelsadsp.weebly.com<br />
Within that month…<br />sessions7 - 12 <br />sessions 3 - 7<br />first 2 sessions<br />
Steps to Making a Digital Story<br />
A clear end point as motivation?<br />When the digital stories are done, we will have a ‘screening party’ and watch our vi...
Digital Storytelling = Project-based Language Learning<br />Writing: brainstorming, outlining, drafting<br />Expressivist ...
Trust & Openness<br />‘my meaningful item’ activity<br />5 senses writing trigger<br />my own digital story<br />‘what’s m...
“What’s Your Story?”<br />my life in Vancouver<br />stinky tofu<br />my son/daughter/children<br />a place in my hometown<...
The biggest headache…<br />Enough equipment?<br />The right tools? Space?<br />PC? Mac? Both?<br />Ss’ digital literacy sk...
Make sure…<br />you have enough support in the classroom depending on your Ss’ technological skill level (thank you, volun...
Project Highlights<br />high level of student engagement<br />collaboration <br />tangible achievement<br />meaningful opp...
Lessons Learned<br />ratio of instructors – students: the higher, the better!<br />know which Ss are tech-savvy and could ...
How else can digital storytelling be used with ESL learners?<br />narrow the focus/topic: an end of term project (‘what I’...
syuen@vcc.caTwitter: TESOLTech(pdf of the ‘student workbook’ and powerpoint presentation have been uploaded to www.sarayue...
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  • -(blue) context &amp; background: about me. ending up at CNH, the CNH ELSA program context-expressivist writing: self-reflective writing  lived experience, personal narratives-(green)aim of this workshop and agenda for the next 2 hours
  • ALSO: no unnecessary information; includes storyteller’s feelings and emotions-CDS emphasizes ‘personal voice’ and ‘encouraging thoughtful and emotionally direct writing’ – creating magic, surprise and inspire workshop participants
  • why did I choose this as my project focus? –Digital literacy/technology; sharing who we really are – sharing what’s important to us, a part of our identity (+ CLB ‘can do’ for CLB 3: presenting information/write a short text about personal or familiar topic)
  • clear end point = a clearly defined final product that each student was to indvidually create
  • trust &amp; openness as foundational to the project; element of choice throughout: what to write about, what photos/music/content/, post or not post to Internet?
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    1. 1. Adventures in Digital Storytelling with ELSA Learners<br />ELSANet Conference Workshop – October 17, 2011<br />Presenter: Sara Yuen<br />
    2. 2. M.Ed (TESL) U of C<br />practicum component – ELSA program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House<br />technology & language learning; exploring identity through expressivist writing<br />Why?<br />share my experiences with creating digital stories with ELSA 3 learners<br />explore potential uses of digital storytelling with ESL learners<br />
    3. 3. What is Digital Storytelling?<br />“the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories” (University of Houston) <br />text, images, recorded narration, music, video clips<br />personal stories that we want to share<br />using our own voice, thoughtful & expressive story creation<br />Talk to your neighboursand share your thoughts about what digital storytelling is (might be, could be….).<br />Come up with a group definition!<br />If you’ve made a digital story (personally or with your class), please talk about that, too! <br />
    4. 4. Digital Stories…<br />are short (2 to 4 minutes long)<br />are interesting & meaningful to the storyteller<br />are clearly narrated<br />have interesting pictures that match the story<br />are ‘from the heart’ <br />“What’s your story?”<br />
    5. 5. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:<br />http://www.l2digitalstorytelling.blogspot.com/<br />
    6. 6. How?<br />Timeline: one month<br />Monthly theme: Housing<br />Sponsor teacher + as many volunteers as possible<br />Equipment: laptop(s), projector, internet access, scanner, digital voice recorders, microphones, powerpoint and handouts<br />12 visits, ~27 contact hours with the students (including the screening party)<br />13 students (of a class of 16) completed individual digital stories<br />
    7. 7. www.cnhelsadsp.weebly.com<br />
    8. 8. Within that month…<br />sessions7 - 12 <br />sessions 3 - 7<br />first 2 sessions<br />
    9. 9. Steps to Making a Digital Story<br />
    10. 10. A clear end point as motivation?<br />When the digital stories are done, we will have a ‘screening party’ and watch our videos as a whole group!<br />
    11. 11. Digital Storytelling = Project-based Language Learning<br />Writing: brainstorming, outlining, drafting<br />Expressivist writing: finding YOUR (English) voice<br />Speaking<br />Listening<br />Pronunciation<br />Vocabulary<br />Editing: peer/self/instructor<br />Purposeful language use, with an audience in mind<br />
    12. 12. Trust & Openness<br />‘my meaningful item’ activity<br />5 senses writing trigger<br />my own digital story<br />‘what’s my story’ – brainstorming + choice in deciding a topic/what to write about<br />self-assessment checklists, peer feedback<br />“Who am I/who are you?”<br />“These stories are too personal.” <br />“Does personal = meaningful?”<br />
    13. 13. “What’s Your Story?”<br />my life in Vancouver<br />stinky tofu<br />my son/daughter/children<br />a place in my hometown<br />my plans for the future<br />a memorable day<br />
    14. 14. The biggest headache…<br />Enough equipment?<br />The right tools? Space?<br />PC? Mac? Both?<br />Ss’ digital literacy skills <br />Copyright issues<br />www.creativecommons.org<br />…technology!<br />
    15. 15. Make sure…<br />you have enough support in the classroom depending on your Ss’ technological skill level (thank you, volunteers!)<br />shorter stories = an easier (to make) digital story (see KirstyMcGeoch’s ‘1-minute stories)<br />the equipment you need is available and plentiful, and that you’re comfortable using it.<br />create a digital story as a whole class<br />make your own digital story<br />use your tech-savvy Ss as helpers/resources<br />
    16. 16. Project Highlights<br />high level of student engagement<br />collaboration <br />tangible achievement<br />meaningful opportunities for language learning/practice<br />digital literacy skills development: “I can do this!”<br />
    17. 17. Lessons Learned<br />ratio of instructors – students: the higher, the better!<br />know which Ss are tech-savvy and could help others in the group<br />find ways to get the learners involved in the overall project: set-up for the movie screening, etc.<br />time for Ss to get acquainted with software & equipment beforehand<br />
    18. 18. How else can digital storytelling be used with ESL learners?<br />narrow the focus/topic: an end of term project (‘what I’ve learned this term’),<br />whole class or small groups: create a digital story based on a common experience (party/celebration, field trip)<br />students can create a ‘commercial’ to advertise a product, or their class…(see the VCC ELSA Youth coffee commercial!)<br />using written journal entries as a springboard to a digital story<br />
    19. 19. syuen@vcc.caTwitter: TESOLTech(pdf of the ‘student workbook’ and powerpoint presentation have been uploaded to www.sarayuen.weebly.com )<br />
    20. 20. Thank you for<br /><ul><li>coming
    21. 21. participating
    22. 22. sharing!!</li></ul>Please feel free to stay and play with iMovie & recording equipment<br />Questions? Comments?<br />
    23. 23. Resource/Reference List<br />Centre for Digital Storytelling: www.storycenter.org<br />University of Houston. The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling. http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/<br />KirstyMcGeoch’s blog: http://www.l2digitalstorytelling.blogspot.com/<br />The site for the CNH ELSA 3 Digital Storytelling Project: www.cnhelsadsp.weebly.com<br />My e-portfolio (project PPTs, lesson plans, some materials): www.sarayuen.weebly.com<br />BBC – A Guide to Digital Storytelling: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/audiovideo/sites/yourvideo/pdf/aguidetodigitalstorytelling-bbc.pdf<br />Skinner, E. N., & Hagood, M. C. (2008). Developing literate identities with English language learners through digital storytelling. The Reading Matrix, 8(2), 12-38. Retrieved from http://www.readingmatrix.com/archives/archives_vol8_no2.html<br />
    24. 24. Image Credits<br />headache: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheffieldmickey/504565963/<br />
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