Just a note to sing the praises of two wonderful and simple tools for digital storytelling and to explain how they could be used in the language classroom.
It has been a while since I have had my students play with this tool. Maybe I was sleeping when it was first developed, but I did not realize that once you make a 5 card flickr story, those same images can be recycled and another story can be written by another person, and so on and so on.
For example, my student Hannah started the ball rolling here with ” Juanita y los dulces,” but then several of her classmates (and complete strangers too!) also used those images to tell another story. Very cool.
Feel free to add your own story to the list!!!
The second tool is Voicethread.
At the end of August 2009, Voicethread partnered with the NY Public Library and now has over 700,000 digital images from their collection for our students’ storytelling adventures. I just had my students do a take home exam as Voicethread in which they had to incorporate all of the grammatical forms we had learned from (yawn) Chapter 4 in the textbook into a story of their own creation.
Here is an example of one of my students’ voicethread creations, with my comments…feel free to add your own comments if you have a voicethread account!
~~SCREEECH! WHAT? wait, did you say take home tests? In a second year language class? No fill in the blank, photocpied, conjugate these verbs, 50 minute written chapter tests? Yep, you heard me right. All of my chapter tests for this class have been take home exams… the results have been amazing, creative, fun to read and even fun to correct/grade…. and the bonus? we gained back 6 class periods that were not lost to tests.~~
Technology can be a time saver…but only if you can figure out where and how you can to save time. Technology can also enrich language teaching when you provide your students with tools that allow them to create more meaningful examples of language in context and in turn encourage their growth in the target language.
I welcome your comments.