Using Technology to Support Literacy
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Storytelling is one of the most ancient forms of communication. Before there were cameras, computers, or even books, stories held the knowledge of all civilization. Even today, students love to read and listen to stories as a way to learn about the world and how it works. What's more, encouraging students to tell stories either orally or in print is a great way to help them practice grammar, expand their vocabulary, and share their ideas with others.
In this age of multimedia, a new kind of storytelling has emerged. Digital Storytelling takes the art of storytelling and adds elements of sound, video, and photo images to create a multi-dimensional tale that draws the reader into the story. It's an excellent tool to encourage students to take their writing to a new level as well as a way to bring technology into your curriculum.
Worried that it will take a lot of time and know-how to create digital stories in your classroom? Don't be - let us show you how easy it can be to use digital storytelling with your students!
Browse this list of programs to decide which digital tools are the best fit for your students and their storytelling goals
Advice on finalizing published work. Includes a strategy checklist to help guide your child through her first electronic publishing projects.
Engage in richer literacy experiences by having students "write" with text, audio, and video. Here are the hardware and software tools you need to get started.
View examples of how students use multimedia to present their stories.
Review the initial steps you need to take to begin a lesson that will include having students create movies or podcasts.
When students are involved in authentic learning like using movies or podcasts to share their digital stories, a rubric can help you assess students'progress. See suggestions on creating the right rubric for your assignments.
See how new first year teachers can promote writing across the curriculum by adding an online publishing activity to a standard lesson. First year teachers can use online publishing to integrate curriculum areas, and makes learning more authentic.
Students demonstrate what they've learned by creating final products using online tools. New and first year teachers can see some examples of these products from our tech tutors'classrooms.