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Digital Storytelling 2011

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Digital Storytelling

From Images to Motion to Great Stories






Session Description


How can adding stories to your in-class and online activities raise student interest? How can you help learners develop 21st century multiliteracy skills through active learning enhanced by those stories? 


In this five-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online, participants will be introduced to various online tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. They will explore how images, music, slideshows and web tools can be used in educational settings for storytelling.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to develop a digital storytelling plan to promote students' creativity, engagement and learning through the incorporation of digital production into their lesson plans.




By the end of this workshop, participants will have

  • had a hands-on experience on how to work with storytelling taking advantage of digital/online tools
  • explored some web2.0 tools that can give support to student-generated production
  • had an overview of the Creative Commons Licensing
  • understood the processes through which students can successfully produce and present their stories
  • seen examples of different types of digital storytelling - from images to videos
  • suggested activities based on the tools they explore
  • networked with other participants and shared visually appealing possibilities to manipulate educational content
  • understood the potential of digital storytelling to foster multiliteracies in the 21st century classroom
  • enhanced their media literacy skills to meaningfully incorporate digital production into their lesson plans
  • created their digital stories to share with peers and as a sandbox for future classroom use


Target audience



Any educator willing to step up to digital possibilities to enrich and enliven their classrooms with visually appealing story-rich resources. Participants are assumed to have skills necessary for basic communication via a discussion group and Internet browsing skills (tutorials will be made available for those with difficulties in areas that may prevent participation).



Sponsoring TESOL Entity:




Weekly Outline


Week 1  (Jan 11 - 16, 2011)


During the first week of the course, participants will


  • Join the group meeting place
  • exchange introductions and become familiar with the group environments
  • add themselves to the group map
  • answer a survey to determine their experience with online tools
  • Discuss the reasons for exploring storytelling in the classroom
  • create their Flickr account and join the digistorytelling group on Flickr


Week 2  (Jan 17 - 23, 2011)


During this week, participants will


  • explore some possibilities of digital storytelling using Flickr images
  • see examples of Flickr groups that can enhance storytelling
  • share their own ideas of Flickr as an online tool for digital storytelling in the classroom
  • learn about the Creative Commons licensing
  • search for Creative Commons photos in Flickr under a certain topic



Week 3    (Jan 24 - Jan 30, 2011)


During this week, participants will

  • read about Web 2.0 Storytelling
  • compare and contrast non-digital and digital storytelling
  • see examples of different digital stories being produced in an educational setting
  • have an overview of online tools that can be used in storytelling
  • choose, at least, two online tools that might be used to tell a story and compare them
  • share their findings with the group



Week 4     (Jan 30 - Feb 06, 2011)


During this week, participants will


  • choose one of the topics suggested by session moderator to tell a story or decide for their own topics
  • explore the storyboard process to write their own stories
  • create their own stories using a tool of their choice
  • share their stories with their peers


Week 5     (Feb 07 -13, 2011)


During this week participants will:

  • check and comment each other's stories
  • read about the development of students' digital literacy and analyze how digital storytelling can be seen as a way to enhance digital proficiency
  • assess their own learning during the session
  • evaluate the workshop






Carla Arena

I'm a Brazilian EFL educator who's passionate about teaching. I'm curious and always in search of online tools that can add value to my teaching practices and hook up students to learn. I truly believe in the transformational power education holds when we find the right means to engage, enchant and motivate our learners.
I'm a teacher trainer at a Binational Center in Brasilia. I've been more and more involved in e-learning projects, devising online sessions and teaching them.  I'm a a blogging fan (or addict!) and enthusiastic Webhead.
I'm really excited about this online journey. For the past four years, I've co-moderated the Blogging4Educators and the Images4Education sessions, but I'm up to this challenge of a session with wonderful souls.

More about me at BrazilBridges
I blog at http://collablogatorium.blogspot.com and am a collaborator of a wonderful multicultural blog: http://pocketcultures.com

Cheryl Oakes



Hello, I am a Collaborative Content Coach for Technology for our school district of 1460 students in Wells Ogunquit Community School District, Maine. In 2005, I completed a course during the online Electronic Village, Becoming a Webhead. That one course opened the door to so many opportunities that I am happy to "pay it back" by being part of this collaborative course. I am also a Webcaster at EdtechTalk, blogger at TechLearning.com, member of WoW2.0, presenter and lover of technology.





Daniela Munca 


Hello from Moldova! Technology has had a tremedous impact on my teaching  and it continues to inspire me to explore varios Web tools for a more exciting, inspiring and creative approach to EFL/ESL  methodology. I am currently working with ACCELS (American Councils for International Education) from Moldova http://alc.md/staff , I've been a FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange Program) Program coordinator for two years, and I have also taught kids with visual and hearing impairments ( podcasts and Youtube have been of tremendous help, so I hope to keep exploring other social software tools). I am also teaching Business English at Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova http://dvmuncaasem.blogspot.com/ and I am an active memeber of the iEARN team http://iearn.org/ .


Erika Cruvinel



My name is Erika Cruvinel and I have been teaching English as a foreign language in Brazil for 10 years. I work at a binational center, Casa Thomas Jefferson, and I am also a member of this school's EdTech Team. Nowadays, I spend most of my time working with online courses and teacher training. My main interests are the use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom, international collaborative projects, social networks and professional development. EVO has changed the way I teach, the way I learn, my values my beliefs and it has allowed me to meet so many interesting and brilliant people from all around the globe. I hope it changes your life for better too! 

More about me at BrazilBridges



Kathy Epps 



I live in Switzerland; I've just moved from the International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations to the International School of Central Switzerland (ISOCS), where I'm helping teachers and students develop their interests and expertise in the possibilities offered by information and communication technology for extension, enrichment, creativity and discovery in teaching and learning. My digital portfolio is at this link.




Nina Liyulkun


I come from Ukraine. I am also a teacher of English and co-coordinator on using Moodle platform at the Khmelnitskiy National University. Since the participation in Learning with Computers, Blogging 4 Beginners and BAW07 sessions this year I've been involved into activities using IT for teaching and learning online within our university. The sessions have given an impulse to continue improving my skills in this area. More info can be found at collaborative WorldCALL 2008 wiki,




Saša Sirk 




I am Saša Sirk, an English teacher from Slovenia. I teach freshmen at vocational college of Tehniški šolski center in Nova Gorica. I'm a webhead, an iEARNER,  and a member of the Slovene Association of LSP Teachers and IATEFL Slovenia. I started learning to swim in the cyber ocean in TESOL's EVO 06 and I enjoy coming back year after year to continue exploring, connecting, learning, and sharing. I blog in my Cyberkitchen. 




Dennis Oliver

I'm DennisOliver, a former ESL and Developmental English teacher living in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. I last worked at EstrellaMountain Community College, which is located near my home in Phoenix; before EMCC, I was at the American English and Culture Program at Arizona State University, and before the AECP, at the now-defunct Judson


I first got involved with computers in the early 1980s; I mostly did work with keyboarding and desktop publishing at that time because I was working as an ESL/EFL textbook editor and writer. When I returned to teaching in 1990, the Web was just emerging. I began experimenting with how to use it in class, and used it regularly by the mid 90s. At EMCC, much of what I did was delivered via Blackboard, but I also made use of my own website and other online resources. I have especially good memories of a multi-year international collaborative project, An International Exchange, carried on with Carla and her students at Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasília, Brasil.  

Like others who are profiled here, I'm really excited about this online journey. 


I have a number of blogs. I also manage the website for AZ-TESOL and am currently working to revamp my personal site.




Our Session Online Spaces


Grouply: main environment, message board for announcements and discussions

Our Flickr Group: group photosharing space

Our Wiki: syllabus, weekly tasks, weekly discussion threads and tutorials

Our Diigo Group: online social bookmarking space where we keep all the resources being shared by the group


Join this session 



To join this group:


From January 3 to 9:


  1. Go to: http://digitalstorytelling.grouply.com/ 
  2. Click on "Sign up" (top right on your screen).
  3. Follow the instructions.




Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator.




The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section.




Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, an international education association





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