Taking at least five pictures or videos in a day and posting them on the social websites has become trendy in the recent years. Most of us at least share a photo in week letting the others know about the routine of our lives. Now, what if, we (teachers) take advantage of this situation and make the photo taking habit educational?
Digital storytelling is a new concept in education, which enables students to create their stories combining a narrative and digital content including a soundtrack, their voice, clip arts and images. Many scholars are still conducting research to find out the effects of digital storytelling on students’ language skills. The case study conducted by Hughes & Robertson (2010) indicates that applying digital storytelling in the curriculum may engage the students more in the classroom and make the classes more interesting. Hence, I have a digital storytelling project in my mind that I will definitely practice with my future students. The project name is “Frist, let’s take a SELFIE”, which can be done either individually or in pairs. Before starting the project, the teacher should make sure that all students have at least basic computer knowledge and can work with it. Moreover, at least one or two training are needed to teach and inform students about digital storytelling and teach them how to work with corresponding programs to make it. Hence, multiliteracy plays a major role in fulfilling the project successfully.
After being sure that all students are digitally literate, follow the below-mentioned procedures:
Topic: Frist, let’s take a SELFIE” audience: 13-16 Proficiency level: pre-intermediate
- Assign Ss to take selfies within a month capturing the most interesting moments, the places they go, foods they eat or even their everyday routine.
- Ask them to keep the selfies and create a digital story by using PowerPoint, movie maker or software they find comfortable to work with.
- Tell Ss add their voice to the picture video, talking about the pictures or their routine.
- Ask Ss to be creative, use clip arts and moving animations while making the video.
- Send Ss tutorial videos and examples regularly before the deadline.
But why using digital stories? First of all, I profoundly believe that visual essays will add some colors to my course, it will be fun and new experience for my Armenian students who are mainly studying in conventional classes. Most importantly, it engages the students in language learning outside of the classroom. Moreover, the task will help students become more multiliterate;
- The assignment will improve Ss’ creativity by asking them to make a unique video or capturing a good picture.
- It will enhance their social and cross-cultural literacy, as they may visit new places, meet new people to take a selfie!
- It will definitely increase their technological literacy as it is a new tool for most of them.
To sum up, I have to mention that digital storytelling might enhance the literacy skills, but still there might be students or even teachers who believe that working with new technologies is difficult. Therefore, corresponding instructions are essential to enhance multiliteracy before implementing any contemporary and technological tool.
Thank you for reading my post.
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P.S here is my first PowerPoint slide I made for visual writing but I didn’t have enough time to attach a narrative! If you want you can make your story according to the slides!