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Power of Storytelling--kicked into high gear up with technology

  • 1.  Power of Storytelling--kicked into high gear up with technology

    Posted 11-17-2014 20:13
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: ISTE Commons and Project ReimaginED .
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    I was recently sent a digital movie, created using iPhoto, of a personal history story of a high school junior. His story included researched information about Robin Williams and why he was a significant figure in the young person's life. This young man attends a very large, urban school, with very low reading scores. The teacher has been working with us for a couple of years to bring  more dynamic, relevant digitally-rich learning experiences and challenges. In doing some research to help keep the momentum going I came across this powerful article from the National Writing Project. It describes using digital storytelling and includes a wonderful guide for challenging students to do a digital story about their neighborhoods. This would be a wonderful project for students at many many grade levels, and as a great bridge to the study of history as well.
    See what you think!
    Paula

    http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/299

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    Paula Don
    Director, Ed Tech
    School District of Philadelphia



  • 2.  RE: Power of Storytelling--kicked into high gear up with technology

    ISTE Staff
    Posted 11-18-2014 23:43
    Thanks for sharing, Paula!  As I watched the digital story, I couldn't help but think about the ISTE Standards and how some of the student indicators were reflected in the student work product:

    1.b. Students create original works as a means of personal or group expression
    2.a. Students interact collaborate, and publish with peers,
    experts, or others employing a variety of digital
    environments and media
    experts, or others employing a variety of digital
    environments and media
    experts, or others employing a variety of digital
    environments and media
    experts or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

    And others. What Common Core indicators do you think are addressed? My impression of the CCSS was that student writing was moving away from the personal, subjective to more analytical.

    Thoughts?

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    Carolyn Sykora
    ISTE Standards Program Director
    ISTE Staff
    Eugene OR
    (541) 349.7572 x227
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  • 3.  RE: Power of Storytelling--kicked into high gear up with technology

    Posted 11-19-2014 16:56
    You are right Carolyn! It does move away from the subjective more to the analytical. I should have added--many of us in urban districts struggle with young people who never really get to a strong literacy level. I often try to develop online activities to engage them and get them writing and reading as the "hook" to bring up their skills. The project that came my way was one where the young folks were researching people who were significant to them, then writing and ultimately using digital tools to create a presentation to share with others. For these young people, getting them to OWN a project, PERSEVERE and go through the editing and then share something they are proud of helps them find their voice. You can then get them into the analytical, argumentative--if you find a topic that is meaningful to them.  For some of our students it is building up the literacy and writing skills--
    Does that make sense? Do others agree? 
    The wonderful piece on NPR last week about a teacher teaching The New Colossus to 5th graders (http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/11/11/356357971/common-core-reading-the-new-colossus) expressed the idea that we should jump right into the rigorous and complex texts...but many teachers struggle with how to do that. We have found in some of our lowest literacy classrooms that digital storytelling is a great entrance into the power of getting your voice heard--and the importance of crafting arguments that people will take seriously.
    Paula


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    Paula Don
    Director, Ed Tech
    School District of Philadelphia

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