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Why Integrate Technology in the Classroom?

Created for EME 5050...this presentation outlines the importance of digital storytelling in the classroom through the perspective of a digital native student and teacher! Enjoy!
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Jessica L

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Transcript of Why Integrate Technology in the Classroom?

In today's high-paced, technology-rich society, the REAL question in 21st century education is... ...or PLASTIC? PAPER?...or.... What is
DIGITAL STORYTELLING? Digital storytelling is the application of the "age-old sharing of personal narratives" in the form of a movie which uses audio narration, images,and video effects to convey a story.(EduCase, 2007, p.1 ). Students show what they know in a discipline/content area by using digital media to create a short video. Images Audio Windows Movie Maker What are the benefits? In a world where students can seemingly navigate YouTube quicker than the table of contents of their literature textbook, digital storytelling promotes increases students: Motivation Comprehension (lower level and higher level) Retention of information "Digital kids are visual thinkers - they see and express themselves visually" (Shelly, Gunter, & Gunter, 2010, p. 314) When teachers provide students with the opportunity to create a digital video in lieu of a written paper, students' spatial intelligence (ability to think visually) increases. Promotes higher level, critical thinking skills Digital storytelling creates the opportunity for students to reflect on subject-matter and identify appropriate and creative ways to present the topic to an audience.


Through digital media, such as using their own voice, students gain ownership and self-representation that is not often available through non-digital media (aka "paper-pencil tests). Source: north.mpls.k12.mn.us/Bloom_s_Taxonomy.html Bloom's Taxonomy Interactivity Individualized exploration through the use of digital media applications.


Interactivity enriches the educational experience for students (Shelly, Gunter, & Gunter, 2010) Confessions of a 21st Century Teacher.... Self-Evaluation through Reflection Sometimes the best way to learn is through experience...I took the "student" perspective to find the pros and cons of digital storytelling.

Overall, I feel as though my "first" digital storytelling project was successful. I planned accordingly using graphics and stroyboards. Next time, I would improve the sound quality of my audio.

I hope my experiences motivate teachers to integrate alternative forms of assessment for 21st century digital native students.

As my mother always says, "I have to learn the HARD way." With today's 21st century high-tech world, if students aren't learning USING TECHNOLOGY, then teachers are asking students to learn THE HARD WAY! http://www.screencast.com/users/Jessica_Levene/folders/Jing/media/36c1f0a0-699a-4555-8a44-091feefc6f20 Click here Although I am very fluent in types of files, I had to edit my digital video about 5 times and use three different programs.

Finally, when I got the video in the correct format, it was too large to upload to both YouTube and Prezi.

In the classroom, the teacher should use one specific program that has proven to work and possibly have students save their videos to a shared drive at the school to avoid problems with uploading on websites. References: Shelly, G.B., Gunter, G.A., & Gunter, R.E. (2010). Integrating technology and digital media in the classroom. Boston, MA: Cengage. Educause Learning Initiative. (2007). 7 Things you
should know about digital storytelling.
Retrieved March 10, 2010 from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7055.pdf Reflection continued...
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