After thinking and doing some further research into digital storytelling, I decided the best use for my students would be retelling a story. There are so many kindergarten examples on the internet! My students absolutely love to do anything that involves technology. One of the best examples I saw was where students created pictures using paint and told their part of the story over it. Another alternative would be to have students draw out the pictures and scan them into the computer.
Allowing students to do this project would hit on several kindergarten reading standards and necessary skills. Students would practice retelling, using pictures to add information, and they would also be able to practice fine motor skills. Using technology is another important kindergarten skill. As students progress on, technology will continue to be more present, and using it now will be extremely beneficial for them.
There are some suggestions that I would make for students. I would recommend the use of Prezi, Pixie, iMovie or Moviemaker. These programs I have found to be very user friendly. This project would require parent or teacher support. Students would need help, but I would want them to come up with ideas on their own.
Parents and students would also benefit from an example of the desired project. Many parents (and my students) would be new to the idea of digital storytelling. The example would help to prevent frustration. Overall, I think this would be a useful assignment for students, because it is interactive and authentic.
Reading this week’s module has helped me to reminisce about how much technology has changed since I was in school. I remember walking into the classroom and getting that wonderful feeling, because the TV was in the room! (I’m sure you remember it too.) Watching science videos and other educational movies was the highlight of the day! It was such a break from doing the same worksheets and lessons. As far as I can remember, we didn’t even have computers in the class until I was in high school.
I can relate my feelings to how students must feel today. They have grown up in a society that is focused so much on technology. When I was growing up, it wasn’t… In order for our students to stayed engaged, it’s important to relate to them.
Today, in my classroom, we have so many different technologies. I could never have imagined the technology we have today. I have a SMARTboard, computers, a document camera, VCR, and a DVD player in my room. I can say that my students use every bit of technology every day. It isn’t just a once in a while treat, like it was when I was in school. We have realized how much technology can benefit our students, and it has been a beneficial change. With movements such as BYOD (bring your own device), mobile learning, the variety of educational apps, and WEB 2.0 tools, technology will continue to enhance our students’ learning experience. I am really looking forward to seeing the continued advancements that technology makes for education.
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