Storytelling is such an important part of every child’s education
and is being brought to new heights. Have
you ever heard of Digital Storytelling?
Well if you have not you are in for a treat! Digital storytelling is a 21st
century skill every classroom teacher should be incorporating in their
For example, in my current teaching/learning environment I
would use digital storytelling to keep the students highly engaged in their
learning. The students in my class will
have the opportunity to develop higher order thinking skills and reading
skills. Digital storytelling will also
help my students in my blended learning classroom to collaborate and learn new
technology that they can use in the future.
Students can create stories together based about the skill they are
learning in their guided reading groups.
Not only can digital storytelling be beneficial to students
in a “physical” classroom, but also in an online teaching and learning
environment as well. Digital
storytelling can be used for students to create their own stories online as
well as comparing and sharing their stories with others in other cities,
states, countries, etc.In my Blended Learning Classroom I have begun a Project
Based Learning project with my first grade students. The students are becoming pen pals with
students in Uganda and forming valuable relationships with the students. Eventually we will be raising money to aide
in building a school in Uganda as well.
One way I would use digital storytelling in my classroom for this
project would be for my students to create digital stories about their culture
to share with the students in Uganda.
What an amazing opportunity this would be for not only my students but
the children in Uganda as well.
Take a look at a few digital storytelling tools you can use in
your classroom. I am looking forward to
incorporating these tools in my classroom throughout the rest of the school
year and for years to come!