Friday, April 30, 2010

The Learning Power of Digital Storytelling

I recently downloaded a copy of Tell a Story, Become a Lifelong Learner from Microsoft Education. Within this guide it states that there are many educational benefits for teachers to use digital storytelling learning projects with their students. Teachers who have used digital storytelling note that student grades improve and students are more likely to do homework and engage in classwork. Digital storytelling also helps students develop technology skills and can inspire them to be lifelong learners. When students are given the opportunity to create digital stories students are inspired to dig deeper into the subject and communicate what they learn in a creative way.

Here is a list of the educational benefits that prepare students for success in the 21st century:
  1. Encourage research
  2. Fosters critical thinking skills
  3. Encourage students to write and to work at becoming better writers
  4. Gives students a voice
  5. Tells a personal narrative
  6. Helps students retain knowledge longer
  7. Enhances learning by encouraging students to communicate effectively
  8. Helps students make a connection between the classroom and the outside world
  9. Encourages creativity
  10. Works well with portfolio assessments
  11. Promotes digital literacy
Another benefit of digital storytelling is that all six 2007 National Education Technology Standards (NETS) are addressed:
  1. Creativity and innovation
  2. Communication and collaboration
  3. Research and information fluency
  4. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making
  5. Digital citizenship
  6. Technology operations and concepts
The guide shares examples of digital stories created by students, a suggested outline of how to create a great digital story and a list of resources for teachers. The guide also helps teachers decide which tools are best suited for their students by outlining how Powerpoint, PhotoStory and Movie Makes could be used to help students research, create and share digital stories.

To download a copy of Tell a Story, Become a Lifelong Learner from Microsoft Education please click on the link below.

Image from the Tell a Story, Become a Lifelong Learner - Microsoft Education page 3.

1 comment:

dgende said...

Very good posting but I wonder why the updated NETS are not used...