Digital storytelling in the ESOL classroom

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  • Hi – I’m Mary Bucy. I teach educational technology courses at WOU and coordinate the MSEd Information Technology program there..
  • What is digital storytelling? Where did it come from?Well – any time you use a computer to help tell a story, it can be considered digital storytelling.Commonly, if refers to telling a story through images, with voiceover narration, often with background music added.But, honestly, for our purposes, any format that gets our students reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be useful.
  • Commonly, though, it refers to telling a story through images, with voiceover narration, often with background music added.But, honestly, for our purposes, any format that gets our students reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be useful.
  • What is digital storytelling? Where did it come from?http://staff.4j.lane.edu/~broadbent/elizabeth/Standards.html
  • http://mccesldsebravo.blogspot.com/2009/11/inspirational-story.html
  • http://animoto.com/play/Fa1rlZHJKIM070cpRDBnYA?utm_source=weebly.com&utm_medium=player&utm_campaign=player
  • http://voicethread.com/?#q.b119840.i624895
  • Writing and illustrating stories and can enhance learning at any level, from kindergarten through adulthood.
  • For English Language Learners, digital storytelling also offers an opportunity to draw on their cultural strengths and background experiences Research has shown that ELLs stop identifying as ELLs when storytelling, but identify as storytellers, mothers and sons, daughters and sisters, granddaughters and world travelers, friends, women and men, people with different cultural backgrounds and various social experiences influenced by their gender, culture, and social status.by incorporating pictures, music, and stories about their cultures.
  • Digital storytelling targets all four literacy skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • By incorporating student experiences, interests outside of school, and a sense of audience, children find themselves motivated to learn through digital media
  • Digital storytelling begins with planning a storyboard of images or videos, along with what the author wants to say. This is the perfect opportunity for students to work with a peer or a teacher to make sure everything the student wants to communicate translates clearly in English.
  • while at the same time allowing students to use creative talents beyond those of language skills. It can provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of students who often otherwise feel disadvantaged relative to native speakers.
  • students can use visual images to learn about classmates and share personal stories. This will, hopefully breakdown the communication barrier between the students and have them feel comfortable around each other.By creating and presenting the projects, students will hopefully build self-confidence and expression skills
  • Other skills that will be practiced are speaking in a variety of tenses (past, present, and future).Students will also learn how to organize and communicate effectively with others as well as improve fluency. 
  • Below are brief definition excerpts from Chapter 4: “Storying Around for 21st Century Skills” of DigiTales: the Art of Telling Digital Stories. The following skills have been identified and cross-referenced with National Standards, NETS-S, and 21st Century Skills.
  • Below are brief definition excerpts from Chapter 4: “Storying Around for 21st Century Skills” of DigiTales: the Art of Telling Digital Stories. The following skills have been identified and cross-referenced with National Standards, NETS-S, and 21st Century Skills.
  • Find a topicSomething of personal interest: story should be brief.Family traditionsPlaces they have visitedFamily/friendsPetsSportsDanceFoodBest – tie into something you are studying in classUsually stories are told in first person – tell the story from your perspective (i.e. the Oregon Trail example) 
  • Write a script (sometimes it’s best to start with pictures  
  • Find imagesBring them from home and scan themDigital camerasFind them onlineProvide digital kits  
  • Practice, practice, practiceIf reading, set a timer  
  • Record and combine with images  
  • Add Background Music, Titles, Transitions, and Effects (Optional... if there is time)  
  • Present or publish finished version of story 
  • To consider when publishing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/audiovideo/sites/about/pages/anylist.shtml Please take extra care if you answer 'yes' to any of these questions.Any photos or clips of 'other people's children' which you don't have signed consent for?Any sensitive issue involving a third party in relation to violence, abuse, sexuality, unhappy family background, marital problems, privacy, fairness etc. which might cause hurt to them or to anyone else now or in the future?Any commercial music?Any non-commercial music by family or friends for which you don't have signed permission to include?Any photos by anyone other than you, your family or friends?Any scans or images from newspaper or magazine articles, CD or book covers, internet, works of art, etc.?Any grabs or clips of any video other than your family home videos?Any scans of maps?Any quotes, poems or lines of text written by other people outside your own family?Anything libelous?Any company brands named or shown?Finally ... has the impact of your story on the safety of other people, especially children and young people, been considered?
  • There are hundreds of new, free tools for creating stories in a variety of formats (video, pictures, audio, timeline, etc.). Show places to find them – 50 Ways, etc.
  • Only one computerStations – add in storyboarding, +?Students work offline – you scan and post (still publishes their work)
  • No timeBreak down into small incrementsTie into other content
  • My kids are too youngDo it offline. You upload their pictures so they only have to record their voicesUse VoicethreadUse a wiki
  • Students have no tech skillsStart slow – increments – build on what they knowPair up with students with higher skillsStations – some don’t require your attention
  • I’m not skilledLearn togetherMake some students the expertsStart simple
  • Brainstorm: How might you use digital storytelling in your own classroom?
  • Digital storytelling in the ESOL classroom

    1. 1. in the ESOL Classroom Mary Bucy Western Oregon University
    2. 2. What is Digital Storytelling? by Robert Bassett. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fluffys_Birthday_Cover.jpg
    3. 3. What is Digital Storytelling? WiP Me and Movie Maker, by ~G-DO-29--Anagram. http://g-do-29--anagram.deviantart.com/art/WiP-Me-and- Movie-Maker-170320283
    4. 4. Digital Storytelling Examples http://staff.4j.lane.edu/~broadbent/elizabeth/Standards.html
    5. 5. Digital Storytelling Examples http://mccesldsebravo.blogspot.com/2009/11/inspirational-story.html
    6. 6. Digital Storytelling Examples
    7. 7. Digital Storytelling Examples http://voicethread.com/?#q.b119840.i624895
    8. 8. Why Digital Storytelling? Podcasting, by Kathy Cassidy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathycassidy/127626521 An active recording studio - at a high school, y vanhookc, http://www.flickr.com/photos/librariesrock/7046662967/
    9. 9. Colorful dresses By Bisayan lady
    10. 10. Listening Speaking Reading Writing
    11. 11. Motivating http://labs.cooperhewitt.org/2012/02/
    12. 12. Motivating kids-iPad-440 http://www.maegeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/kids-ipad-440.jpg
    13. 13. Vinh "ninja" Bui Thanh, by Benjamin Diener, http://www.flickr.com/photo s/mybenni/4305250545/
    14. 14. Caracas - Nov 26th-04, by blogefl. http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamstanley/2068645944
    15. 15. And oh . . . by the way . . . At the same time, your students will be practicing: Using language in context Speaking in different tenses Organizing their writing Communicating effectively Improving fluency All in an authentic project, to be shared with an authentic audience.
    16. 16. Addressing Standards Cognitive Apprenticeship: practicing real-world work of digital communication Creativity and Inventive Thinking: creating multi-sensory experiences for others Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS): going beyond existing information to add personal meaning and understanding Enduring Understanding: by telling the story of what you know and understand for others, authors deepen their own self-meaning of the topic Visual Literacy: using images to show, not tell, the narrative story Technical Literacy: mastering the craftsmanship of applying the technology tools to create powerful communication, not to just use the tools, but to mix and dance the media into illuminated understandings
    17. 17. Addressing Standards Information (Media) Literacy: thinking, reading, writing, and designing effective media information Effective Communication: reading and writing information beyond words Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles: addressing not only the opportunity for students to use their preferred mode of learning and thinking, but also enabling them to practice the effective use of all modalities Teaming and Collaboration: growing skills through practiced opportunities to co- produce group projects Project Management Mentality: Melvin Levin’s challenge for students to practice time management of complex, involved tasks to successfully meet deadlines modeling real- world tasks Exploring Affinity: Melvin Levin’s findings that when students create meaningful, engaged work, they discover themselves as successful learners.
    18. 18. How to Tell a Digital Story Family shot - Chengdu, China, by Philip Roeland, http://www.fotopedia.com/items/eq304r1pgkg9a-zibWCWzv284
    19. 19. Find images Amber Muller, by By Paul Rj Muller "CaffiNation” http://www.flickr.com/photos/pzul/5431310641
    20. 20. Practice, practice, practice Amber Muller, by By Paul Rj Muller "CaffiNation" http://www.flickr.com/photos/pzul/5431310641
    21. 21. Record, and add images Spring Youth Media & Tech Camp 2012 by MACSD, http://www.flickr.com/photos/macsd/6918891612/
    22. 22. Add soundtracks Audacity, by Tim Patterson. http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/2639638440/
    23. 23. Present or Publish By Wesley Fryer, http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/02/10/2013-ipad-media-camps-in-june-okc-july-ksu/
    24. 24. Publishing Considerations
    25. 25. Tools to Tell a Digital Story
    26. 26. Activities Scripting and Storyboarding Station 1: PicMonkey Station 2: Yodio Station 3: Voicethread
    27. 27. But I can’t because . . . Dell Desktop Computer in school classroom, by Ente75, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dell_Desktop_Computer_in_school_classroom.jpg
    28. 28. But I can’t because . . .
    29. 29. But I can’t because . . . In Control, By marragem, http://www.flickr.com/photos/marragem/3190902234/
    30. 30. But I can’t because . . . Luhrs Library, By ShipLibrary, http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiplibrary/420243676/
    31. 31. But I can’t because . . . Teacher, by the U.S. Census Bureau, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Teacher.jpg
    32. 32. Brainstorming. . . How might you use digital storytelling in your own classroom?
    33. 33. Moodle http://online.wou.edu

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