Using Digital Storytelling to Help Struggling Writers A Collaborative Approach What is a digital story? A multimedia presentation that combines images with a narrated soundtrack to tell a story 2 – 10 minutes long Personal stories, retellings of historical events, factual presentations Helping teachers use digital storytelling We already have the technology Teachers need time and support to implement new teaching strategies The librarian and reading intervention teachers are the perfect people to help Targeting struggling writers Robust set of interventions in place for reading support RtI model is beginning for math Writing is still an area for development Focus training on special education and ELL teachers How does digital storytelling help students? Structure helps them maintain a coherent narrative Focus on multimedia product takes eliminates the pressure to create a polished written product Visual images help strengthen the story Clear audience for the story Fun and different Collaborative Model Program to last through December 2011 Monthly group training sessions Writing: Storyboarding a personal narrative Visual literacy: Using images to support writing Reading fluency: Performing a script Putting it all together: Using iMovie to produce a digital story Thursday planning meetings Co-teaching on Tuesdays Measuring effects on students’ learning Compare narrative writing growth for students using digital storytelling to students using traditional paper and pencil writing process Costs The only additional cost to the district is $380 for time spent planning the new training sessions What a bargain!
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