I have found yet another useful technology that you could use within your classroom, have a read and see what you think.
Digital story telling
Digital story telling is a modern multimedia tool that tales through authentic methods using images, music, voice and sound (Digital Storytelling Association, n.d.). This technology allows students to create their own digital story to share with their peers, teachers and parents. I have never heard of anything like this before and I think that it would be an amazing technology to use within a unit of work. Imagine how proud the students would be, they just created their own digital story. This technology could reflect and target a few key learning areas namely, English and The Arts. I would use this type of technology in most probably in an English unit. I would have students making;
· Story maps
· Story boards
· Character profiles
This type of technology allows students to fulfil their self-actualization ‘creativity’ need from Maslows (1970) hierarchy. Digital story telling also provides students with activities that involve cognitive processes such as creating, problem solving, decision-making, and evaluating (Kearsley, Shneiderman, 1999). This technology also presents students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers, which Kearsley and Shneiderman (1999) classify as engaging activities.
Digital Storytelling Association, (n.d.) Digital Storytelling. Retrieved August 13th, 2009 from, http://www.lubbockisd.org/sfirenza/storytelling/
Kearsley, G., Shneiderman, B. (1999) Engagement Theory. Retrieved August 13th, 2009 from, http://home.sprynet.com/~gkearsley/engage.htm
Maslow, A. (1970) Motivation and Personality. Retrieved August 13th, 2009 from, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=580