Monday, November 7, 2011

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is an excellent way to expand language use outside of the classroom. According to The Center for Digital Storytelling,  digital stories are short, video narratives that include music, images, sounds, and voice. These can be teacher made or student made. For example, an educator can make a digital story as a way to review vocabulary. This way, according to Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling,  students are provided with a model to "practice in active learning" outside the classroom. Students can also be the creators of digital stories in order to practice their L2 speaking skills. This type of learning would be especially useful for those students who are visual and auditory learners. 

As part of an ESL classroom, digital storytelling could be used in a variety of ways. One example, cited in Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling, describes how digital storytelling could provide review and practice for L2 students. Educators can make a story that revolves around newly introduced grammar or vocabulary and students could be required to practice at home or independently inside the classroom. It is another way for teachers to influence their students' learning, even if they are not directly working together. I also like the idea of having students create their own digital stories. This way, they are not only provided with the opportunity to review grammar and vocabulary, but they are also given the chance to share their own unique short stories and practice speaking in their target language. 

1 comment:

  1. All the ways to mention would work well in an L2 classroom.