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Digital Storytelling for Young Learners




Session Outline




How do we encourage young learners to use the English they learn in a meaningful context? Children can have access to various online creation and publication tools to share stories. Participants will explore various applications that motivate learners to share stories through comic creation tools, free Web 2.0 tools, mobile devices, and more.


Target Audience

Young Learner e-teachers and those interested in fostering creativity and imagination for children through digital storytelling.


Interest Section Sponsors

 TESOL CALL-IS IATEFL Young Learners & Teens SIG, JALT Teaching Children SIG and ARCALL (Argentine Computer Assisted Language Learning)




By the end of this workshop, participants will have


  • created digital stories using different web tools
  • explored different ways in which digital storytelling can be integrated into teaching YLs
  • connected with other YL educators worldwide
  • had hands-on experience using digital/online/mobile tools to motivate their YLs to create and publish stories
  • developed materials, guidelines, and checklists to help their YLs craft and publish their digital stories
  • learned about Creative Commons Licensing and sites to access music and images for digital stories
  • experienced the process of creating and publishing digital stories which includes storyboarding
  • evaluated various publishing formats for digital storytelling including comics, videos, and interactive formats
  • discovered how to motivate YLs to improve their speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills through digital storytelling
  • collected a library of free websites, tools, and resources to use in their YL classes
  • engaged in discussions about the best ways to integrate technology effectively into the YL curriculum
  • participated in various archived webinars with YL authors and experts


Weekly Outline



Week 1  (Jan 14 - 20, 2013)


Week 1 Introductions & Simple Online Digital Tools & the Basics

Main Moderators- Eva Buyuksimkesyan, Shelly Terrell, Marisa Constantinides
Co-moderators- Özge Karaoglu, Esra Girgin, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, Michelle Worgan, Juan Uribe
Tools Explained- Posterous, Edmodo 

During the first week of the course, participants will

  • become familiar with the group tools and forums
  • introduce themselves and begin to establish connections with each other
  • discuss the use of digital storytelling in class
  • learn to create and define a copyright for their creative works
  • learn about online safety and privacy concerns when working with young learners
  • discover new tools they can experiment with throughout the sessions in an online playground
  • set-up profiles in the Posterous Group
  • join and participate in the Wiki and DigiKids EVO Edmodo Group


Week 2  (Jan 21 - 27, 2013)


During this week, participants will


  • become familiar with web tools to create comics with young learners.
  • learn how to create comic stories with these tools.
  • reflect on the use of comics in the classroom
  • explore ways to integrate comics in their classroom in ways that improve reading and writing skills of learners
  • discover mobile apps for creating comics
  • create a comic using one of the tools from this week


Week 3 (Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2013)


During this week, participants will


  • become familiar with web tools to create video stories with YL.
  • learn how to create video stories with animation tools.
  • learn how to produce video stories including pictures, audio, music, transitions, subtitles, effects and animations.
  • explore ways to integrate video stories in lessons that boost writing and speaking skills of the learners.
  • discover mobile apps for creating video stories
  • create a personal narrative or a documentary video story choosing one of the tools.


Week 4 (Feb 4 - Feb 10, 2013)


During this week participants will:

  • be introduced to collaborative web 2.0 tools that can be used for storytelling
  • discover mobile apps for creating collaborative stories
  • learn how to use a variety of collaborative tools for both writing stories and narrating stories with audio
  • look at ways such tools can be used to enhance regular lessons
  • discover forums for connecting with YL teachers worldwide to create collaborative stories
  • participate in and contribute to the development of different stories using the tools demonstrated
  • share and discuss their own ideas for developing stories digitally
  • consider the teacher’s role in a collaborative story and how it should be guided and/or moderated


Week 5 (Feb 11 -17, 2013)


During this week, participants will


  • collect various resources, links, and materials related to digital storytelling

  • share and discuss their own ideas for developing stories digitally

  • reflect on their learning and how they will apply these new discovered tools

  • revisit the tool playground

  • comment on each other’s stories

  • complete an online evaluation about their experience taking this course


Join this session


>>>Sign up for the session starts on Jan 7th, 2013. 


The action starts on Jan 14, 2013.


To join this group:


From January 7 to 13:


  1. Go to: http://digitalstorytelling4kids.pbworks.com
  2. Click on Digikids Posterous Group and Edmodo Group  (located in the sidebar)
  3. Register for both the Posterous and Edmodo sites. You will have to wait for a moderator to approve your membership.
  4. Create a profile on Edmodo
  5. Say hi and introduce yourself in the Edmodo group only 








Full bio on our DigitalStorytelling4Kids wiki


Shelly Terrell <ShellyTerrell@gmail.com>

Shelly Terrell is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker specializing in the effective use of technologies for professional development and to support language learners.


Özge Karaoğlu <ozge_karaoglu@hotmail.com>

Özge Karaoğlu is an EFL teacher, author and teacher trainer in teaching young/very young learners and teaching with web based technologies.


Esra Girgin <esragirgin@hotmail.com>

Esra Girgin is an EFL teacher and a teacher trainer in Istanbul, Turkey. She has been teaching English to young and very young learners for 10 years and is interested in using web technologies in language teaching.


Eva Buyuksimkesyan <evabsimkesyan@yahoo.com

Eva Buyuksimkesyan is an EFL teacher and a teacher trainer in Turkey. She is passionate about teaching and interested in integrating technology into her lessons. She is an avid believer of PLN and she is @evab2001 on twitter. She also blogs at http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org



Jennifer Verschoor <jenverschoor@gmail.com>

Jennifer Verschoor is a freelance teacher trainer and an educational consultant in teaching young learners and Business English with web based technologies.She is a proud Webhead and President of Arcall Argentine Computer Assisted Language Learning. To learn more about her online activities please visit her blog http://jenverschoor.wordpress.com/


Marisa Constantinides <marisa.constantinides@gmail.com>

Marisa Constantinides is a teacher educator/trainer from Athens, Greece. She runs CELT Athens, a centre offering a variety of TEFL training programmes, from TEFL and CELTA Certificates, to Cambridge DELTA courses. She also is a moderator/co-founder of the ELTon nominated #ELTChat. Check out her blog full of resources.


David Dodgson <dave.dodgson@gmail.com>

David Dodgson is a primary school EFL teacher in Ankara, Turkey. He is interested in the use of technology for both learner and teacher development.

Michelle Worgan <michelleworgan@gmail.com>

Michelle Worgan is an EFL teacher based in Spain. She specializes in teaching and creating materials for young learners and she enjoys implementing web 2.0 tools into her lessons.


Juan Uribe <juan.alberto.uribe@gmail.com

Juan Uribe is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, and international speaker based in Canada. He is interested in implementing storytelling and puppeteering  in affective language learning with YLs through technology.


Elizabeth Anne eannegrenoble@gmail.com

Elizabeth Anne is the Digital Storytelling for Young Learners mentor. She teaches English to Physics students in Grenoble, France and was an illiterate Physicist herself. Here website is http://www.elang.eu



Communication Media Used







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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