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Digital Storytelling in ELT Classrooms














Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer tools for telling a story. These stories are rich in visual elements and mostly found to be attractive by the language learners. However, teachers usually think that creating, editing or publishing a video is a really difficult task for them; but a software called Windows Movie Maker is a very user-friendly software. The aim of this session is to show how to Windows Movie Maker software while creating and editing videos; and at the end of the session participants will have the chance to create their own videos and publish them online.



At the end of this session, participants will be able to;

  • create digital stories using pictures, audio files, text and video files;
  • edit (delete or cut) movies;
  • publish their digital stories on podomatic page.


Briefly, it is aimed at illustrating a tool (Windows Movie Maker) to create digital stories. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities and at the end of the session each participant will have a story to share with the other participants.


Target audience

Teachers of English as a Foreign / Second Language, instructors, educators, and researchers from all levels of English are welcome.


Interest Section


Video and Digital Media IS


Weekly content


Week 1

Participants will introduce themselves and comment on their expectations from this session. Participants will vote for the time for WiZiQ sessions. There will be two separate synchronous sessions each week. Moderators will join both sessions but participants will join just one of them according to their time zone. After that, three sample movies will be uploaded to the session podomatic address (http://digitalstories09.podomatic.com) and participants will discuss their ideas related to the use of these uploaded videos in ELT classrooms. Participants will also discuss their ideas synchronously in WiZiQ environment. Participants will be informed about their projects for the session.


Week 2

In the second week participants will collect some media tools such as pictures, short videos, audio files and write a scenario for their movies. In this week's synchronous session, participants will tell their stories and plans for their stories. The other participants will also comment on these stories and make suggestions if they have. Moreover, in this synchronous session, we have a quest speaker, Dr. Derya Erice, for the use of digital stories and will share her experiences about digitalstories in her English language classroom.


Week 3

Participants are required to get a podomatic account before starting the tasks of the week. This week will include basic skills of Windows Movie Maker. Moderator will upload a screen capturing video to the wiki page of the session (http://digitalstories09.pbwiki.com). Participants will try to complete basic tasks using Windows Movie Maker Software watching the video prepared by the moderator and they will publish their works on their podomatic page. In synchronous WiZiQ session, participants will ask their questions related to the problems they might encounter while they are working with the Windows Movie Maker Software.


Week 4

This week will be a continuation of the Week 3 but this time advanced skills, such as editing videos, adding subtitles, credits, etc., about Windows Movie Maker will be illustrated with a screen capturing video. Moreover, participants will be shown how to finish their movies and how to save them on their hard drive. Participants will most probably have difficulty in choosing the video format and finishing the video. These problems will be discussed in WiZiQ sessions of the week. Participants will share their experiences about the software.


Week 5

Through the end of the session, project will have been completed. Participants will have finished their videos a week before, so they will upload these videos on their own podomatic pages and share them with the rest of the participants. Using the comment feature, participants will share their opinions and suggestions.


Week 6

Final week of the session will be an evaluation session as expected. Some expectations expressed at the beginning of the session will be remembered and participants will be asked to compare their expectations and results of the session. Moreover, participants will discuss about their projects and the session will be completed with this week's synchronous session in WiZiQ environment.




 Sedat Akayoglu


He graduated from Department of English Language and Literature Hacettepe University in 2002 and worked as an English teacher for two years. Then he started working as a research assistant at the Department of English Language Teaching Abant Izzet Baysal University in 2004. At present he is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the Department of English Language Teaching Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. My main interest topics are Computer Assisted Language Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Discourse Analysis and Ethnography of Communication. URL: http://www.ibu.edu.tr/akademik/sakayoglu. Yahoo ID = sakayoglu, Skype ID = sakayoglu, MSN = sakayoglu@hotmail.com, Second Life = Sedat Usher


Beyza Yilmaz


Beyza is involved in TEFL for six years both as a language teacher and a material developer.She worked at various language schools when she was a university student. She graduated from department of Teaching English as a Foreign Language Department of Istanbul University in 2005 and started working as an English instructor at Bahcesehir University English Preparatory Program. She did her CELTA in 2007 while working at the same institution.She is still working at the same university not only as an instructor but she is also responsible for a new program called “Distance Preparatory Program” and CALL activities in the same instutition.She is doing her M.A in TEFL at Bahcesehir University. Her main interest areas are Computer Assisted Language Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, distance learning ,learner autonomy and teacher education. URL: http://beyzasfirstblog.blogspot.com Yahoo ID = beyzaylmaz, Skype ID = buoyantbee, MSN = buoyantbee@hotmail.com , Second Life = Beyza Bonetto** ****



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From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to:  http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/digitalstories09


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