(Originally published on ISTE connects)
The adventure of teaching digital storytelling to an elementary classroom has officially concluded. It was a wonderful experience and I walked away from this knowing that children are not only eager to learn how to use digital tools, but also natural leaders in working with them and teaching each other. Please watch my digital story of bringing digital storytelling into the elementary classroom.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
For the last several months I have been teaching a 2nd/3rd grade class how to write and produce digital stories. According to Dr. Bernard Robin from the University of Huston, digital storytelling can help students “learn to conduct research, synthesize large amounts of content and gain expertise in the use of digital communication and authoring tools” (The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling).
The process we used for digital storytelling has had each student write a story, rewrite it into a script format and learn a new software program called GarageBand. Within GarageBand, the students have learned how import pictures, record their voices, add music and sound effects and make edits. I must stress that the students have done this process entirely on their own with some peer-to-peer teaching and a bit of my facilitation.
This video tutorial offers a breakdown for using GarageBand's enhanced podcasting feature for digital storytelling.