ACTFL 2018 in New Orleans was amazing! I loved attending presentations by so many great teachers! My colleague Rebecca Landor and I had a great time presenting our session Digital Storytelling Toolbox. Our presentation focused on how to incorporate technology into storytelling through the use of digital platforms such as Storybird, Flipgrid, Adobe Spark, and Storyboard That. Below is a pdf of our session in case you missed it!
Here are some ideas of how to use each of these platforms to enhance storytelling in your room...
Interactive video platform --I love Flipgrid because it lowers the affective filter and gives more reserved students an opportunity to share their ideas orally. Once you have a teacher account you can create a 'Grid' for each section of your class and post topics for students to create videos on. You can control how long the video must be and who can see/comment on each post.
Online book creator
Online platform used to create videos
Online storyboard/comic creator
What are your favorite digital storytelling apps? What are your favorite ways to use digital storytelling?
In his book The Power of Reading, Stephen Krashen says "Language acquisition comes from input, not output, from comprehension, not production" (p 136). Even though most teachers agree that reading is a powerful way to provide students with the input that is required for language acquisition, many teachers are hesitant to being reading a novel with their students. As a teacher who teaches four different levels and around eight classes a day, I'm here to assure you of one thing: novels are your friend, not your enemy! For me, using novels has been a total lifesaver for the following reasons:
My 4th graders are currently reading Las aventuras de Isabela by Karen Rowan. I spent months pre-teaching the vocabulary words so that my students could read straight through this novel. In my experience, pre-teaching the vocabulary makes it so when you read the novel you don't lose momentum and the class can get lost in the story!
This book is set in México and offers opportunities to explore different cultural topics. As a teacher it was awesome to expose my students to such a wide variety of authentic resources while reading this book! Check out my top 3 cultural resources for this book: