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Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Examining Digital Storytelling in the Classroom PROCEEDINGS

, Aurora West Community School District, United States ; , Iowa State University, United States ; , Maquoketa Community School District, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Digital storytelling is a valuable tool that engages students in the learning process, develops decision-making skills, fosters real-world connections and encourages students to work collaboratively. This research project examined the process of using digital storytelling with middle school students. Seventh grade students applied researching, reading and writing skills while creating digital stories during a literacy unit. Overall, findings indicated that projects like digital storytelling can successfully measure students' acquisition of targeted literacy skills as defined by school district standards and benchmarks. Recommendations include providing students with extended blocks of time for project work, teaching technology skills within a meaningful context, supporting teachers when using technology, and empowering students during the learning process. Digital storytelling appears to motivate young learners to tell compelling stories to others.

Citation

Behmer, S., Schmidt, D. & Schmidt, J. (2006). Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Examining Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 655-662). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 20, 2017 from .

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