Digital Storytelling

Preview for Digital Storytelling

I. Instruction

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II. Activities

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III. Resources

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IV. Evaluation

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Introduction and Goals

Teaching and learning are often viewed as two faces on the same coin. As students learn it is important that they are given a chance to teach others the new information they have assimilated into their knowledge base. The process of teaching gives us a chance to reflect, re-assimilate, and re-examine the information once again. This process helps cement knowledge and may help reveal new avenues of inquiry. One way to help students achieve this is by having them create reports or tell stories based on their studies and learning.

Story telling is intended to allow one person, or a small group, to create an information source for others. In story telling the information flow usually flows in one direction, from the creator to consumers. Story telling is more than casual discussion and as a consequence requires more planning and preparation. When preparing a report, students pay closer attention to spelling, grammar, presentation, style and delivery. They also must gather information, organize, analyze and form opinions. In this way they become more familiar with the content that they are telling the story about.

Traditionally, story telling has included live dialogues as well as papers and written stories using verbal language. As new digital technologies and media become available, new styles of story telling are emerging. Learners now have the opportunity to extend their verbal stories with dynamic digital media including: photos, diagrams, animations and videos.

In these lesson you will learn how learning theories have shaped the design of digital story telling to advance learners' cognitive flexibility and enrich their understanding of the content and processes that they are investigating. You will also learn the new potential that presentation (e.g. Keynote, PowerPoint, and Prezi) and community publishing (e.g. blogs, youtube, wikis) tools have for advancing your students' communication skills.

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ELPS 760 Integration of Educational Technology | KU Ed Tech Programs